Community Corner: Eagle Scouts, Rotary grants, a golf tournament and Park Street benches

Community Corner: Eagle Scouts, Rotary grants, a golf tournament and Park Street benches

Michele Ellson

New benches provide seniors and disabled persons welcome resting points on Park Street. Contributed photo.

Four Alameda Boy Scouts have received the Eagle Scout award, the scouts’ highest honor, during a recent Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor. Jacob Bostrom, Colin Brady, Angus Storm and Max Taylor received the award after earning at least 21 merit badges, serving in multiple leadership positions and planning and implementing a community service project. Bostrom dismantled, refurbished and re-erected the flagpole at Girls Inc. of the Island City; Brady designed and built a pair of doghouses for an Alameda Animal Shelter fundraiser; Storm built a utility shed for the St. Joseph garden club; and Taylor built owl boxes for Native Bird Connections to create permanent homes for owls. The youths are members of Troop 89, which has turned out more than 80 Eagle Scouts since earning its charter in 1967.

The Alameda Rotary announced winners of the club’s 2012-2013 Community Grants Program at a luncheon held on June 18. Grant recipients included Alternatives in Action’s Advancing Literacy Together program; Alameda Meals on Wheels; Girls Inc. of the Island City’s Eureka! program; Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter’s Pet Food Pantry; Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Performance Art and Learning program; Equipped for Success; and the Alameda Council of Boy Scouts’ Scouting for Food program.

The Peralta Colleges Foundation is hosting its 10th Annual Golf Tournament on July 22 at the Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road in Oakland. Proceeds from the tournament will support the foundation’s effort to provide scholarships and program support for the community college district’s four colleges. Additional information is available on the foundation’s website.

The city has installed four new benches on Park Street in an effort to make shopping there easier for seniors and persons with disabilities. The benches were installed after a woman called the city’s Commission on Disability Issues to request public seating to allow seniors to rest; Mayor Marie Gilmore said she hopes the benches will create a more welcoming atmosphere for shoppers.