The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of Thomas Bartholomew-Couts.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this holiday week.

When Anne Lipow became frustrated about her inability to find anything but cheap, plastic dreidels she decided to design and manufacture her own, starting The Dreidel Factory in 1974. Nearly four decades later her daughter, Stephanie Lipow, decided to re-start her late mother’s business, hand-crafting dreidels from salvaged redwood in her garage in Alameda; she showed how she creates the dreidels in this video.

Every Friday, the staff at Wood Middle School in Alameda wear blue “Happy Friday” pins in honor of Paul Hardy Parker, a custodian at Wood Middle School who passed away this past July. Parker worked for the Alameda Unified School District for 24 years, and for those who knew him, he was more than a dedicated custodian; he was a loyal friend and mentor who went out of his way to make others happy.

Ellina Bartholomew Couts is constantly creating – doodles in her schoolbooks, drawings, earrings made out of plants. While friends and family members have long been aware of her artistic prowess, the 11-year-old’s work is now finding a much wider audience: Ellina was one of six young artists whose drawings were cast into medallions that grace the new fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel.

An Alameda man was arrested and a firefighter injured in a destructive, early-morning apartment fire that authorities had deemed suspicious. The Alameda Fire Department said David Prado, 45, had been arrested on suspicion of arson.

As many are aware, on, November 16, marked a pair of significant milestones for Alameda’s resident aircraft carrier: the 70th anniversary of the Hornet’s commissioning during World War II, and 15th year in service as a museum. David Baker chronicles the ship’s history, here.