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Born in Stayton, Ore. to Henry and Martha Painton Sause, Sam was a gentle, loving man who touched the lives of many here in our Alameda community and beyond our Island home. At Christ Episcopal Church, Sam was beloved by everyone while he served in most of its ministries with steadfastness and selfless devotion, including that of senior warden.

His compassion for others reached beyond the doors of his church to the Seafarers Ministry, where he reached out to those who sail for months on end without contact beyond their ships. Sam helped shepherd these sailors to the Oakland center where they could worship, shop and connect with families across the sea via phone and Internet.

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Photo by Marty Beene.

Practicing what we preach isn't always easy. Sure, I tell people to be patient when something hurts: rest, maybe walk or ride a bike instead for a week or two. But would I do that myself?

Image courtesy of the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

Alamedans will soon be asked to both conserve more water and pay more for what they use to help preserve the East Bay’s water supply in the face of a lingering drought.

 
Alamedans are getting into the spirit of things this holiday season, and reader Cathy Nielsen persuaded us to tell that story by sharing readers' holiday decoration pics.

Future residential development was on everyone’s mind Tuesday night as a growth-friendly City Council gave way to two new members who support a slower approach to development.

 
From the Better Late Than Never Department: If you've been meaning to donate food, coats or toys this holiday season and just haven't gotten the chance, there's still time to help out. Here's a map of collection barrels across the Island.

After several days of downpour the sun came out to play Sunday morning (appropriately), and my day began with a dog walk. I joined my friend Larry and his three-legged dog Maggie for a morning constitutional down Broadway and along the bay in the bird sanctuary.

Dozens of Alamedans took to the streets Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. and to express their frustration about the lack of charges against the officers responsible for the killings.

The City Council is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 16 and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence weekly news review. Here’s what happened this week.