Alameda in brief
Firefighters battled a blazed Thursday morning on the 1500 block of Webster Street. Contributed photo.
Tax help at VITA site
Need tax help? Families that earned $49,000 or less last year can have their federal and state returns completed free at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site right here in Alameda. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays during tax season beginning this Saturday, February 5 in the computer lab at The Academy of Alameda Middle School (formerly Chipman Middle School), 401 Pacific Avenue. In addition to helping to fill out tax forms, volunteers will also help participants determine whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
In 2010 the center served 200 taxpayers, helping them to earn more than $300,000 in refunds and credits, said Doug Biggs, executive director of the Alameda Point Collaborative.
“All of our volunteer staff are well trained, and go above and beyond to help residents. In addition to basic tax filing, we can help people who have never filed before, or perhaps haven’t filed for a few years,” Biggs said.
This program is being provided by the Collaborative, Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Red Cross, and the city’s Development Services department. It is one of 211 such sites sponsored by the United Way Bay Area.
To schedule an appointment, call 898-7840.
Site seeks community support for Lawrence Berkeley Lab
A local resident has set up a website seeking support for a bid to bring Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s planned second campus to Alameda Point.
“Community support is what the Lab says they want to see,” Alameda resident Richard Bangert said.
Bangert said Alameda residents can send pictures of themselves with various signs expressing support to the e-mail address on the site’s “Contact” page. If they want to make a video of themselves and upload it to YouTube, Bangert will link it on the site. For official letters of support, residents should go to the address on the “Community Support” page, he said.
The website address is http://berkeleylab2alamedapoint.blogspot.com/.
Alameda’s first Cambodian restaurant to open
Angkor Grill is slated to open Wednesday at 1319 Park Street. The restaurant, which is being billed as Alameda’s first Cambodian eatery, will be operated by Ricky Doh, who has operated Oakland’s Phnom Penh House for a quarter century. The restaurant’s specialties will be barbecue and seafood. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.