Community Corner: Bank merger complete, local nurse honored and more

Community Corner: Bank merger complete, local nurse honored and more

Michele Ellson

Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers the music and dance of Bali to Alameda school students. Photo courtesy of Rhythmix Cultural Works.

Bank of Marin’s acquisition of the Bank of Alameda is now complete. The merger of the two community banks was finalized on November 29, adding the Alameda bank’s $230 million in assets and $170 million in loans to the Bank of Marin’s $1.7 billion portfolio. Local Bank of Alameda branches will remain open, and Bank of Alameda board member Kevin Kennedy has joined the Bank of Marin board. The deal, which saw the Bank of Marin’s parent company issue 402,000 shares of stock and lay out $16 million in cash for the bank of Alameda’s remaining stock, was valued at $34.5 million. The Bank of Marin has 21 offices across the North Bay, San Francisco and Alameda counties. The acquisition is the second in Alameda’s financial circles this year: Earlier, Provident Credit Union assumed control of the Alameda Credit Union.

A retired Alameda nurse has been recognized by a local television station for her decades of work. CBS San Francisco honored former Alameda County public health nurse Janet Waring with its Jefferson Award for Public Service for health care programs she has launched to aid poor and homeless people, most recently a foot clinic that provides shoes and other services.

The Alameda Unified School District has put together a schedule of school site meetings to discuss school-specific construction and repair needs for an in-progress facilities master plan. The meetings are scheduled to begin on January 6, 2014 and conclude on April 2, 2014. The schedule is attached at the bottom of this blog post.

Rhythmix Cultural Works has completed its 2013 Performance Art and Learning program, which seeks to foster youths’ awareness of world cultures through free arts education assemblies. The assemblies, which were attended by more than 1,000 third through fifth grade students at eight Alameda schools and one in Oakland, offered a performance by the Japanese taiko drumming ensemble Maize Daiko, the music and dance of Zimbabwe, Cuban folkloric music and Indonesian gamelan. Rhythmix is seeking contributions to fund its 2014 Performance Art Learning and Island Arts programs for youth; contributions can be made on the arts center’s website.

The Alameda Kiwanis has honored the Alameda Police Department with a donation to the Police Officers Association. The service club also read a city proclamation declaring the week of November 17 “Alameda Police Department Week.” The donation was offered during a November 20 Alameda Police Force tribute luncheon.