Community Corner: Girls Inc. survey, parcel tax exemptions, rainbow flag and Holy Week services

Community Corner: Girls Inc. survey, parcel tax exemptions, rainbow flag and Holy Week services

Michele Ellson

Girls Inc. of the Island City is seeking your feedback on the nonprofit’s visibility in the community – and they’re offering the chance to win a $100 gift card to Books Inc. as an incentive for filling out their survey. The survey, which was created by a pair of University of California, Berkeley board fellows, can be completed online here through April 8.

Applications for an exemption from the Measure A parcel tax are now available for seniors and disabled people receiving Supplemental Security Income. Homeowners who have already received the exemption and have not moved do not need to reapply. Applications are available online; by calling (800) 273-5167; or at the Alameda Unified School District office, at 2060 Challenger Drive. The deadline to apply is June 28.

A rainbow flag is flying at City Hall in support of gay marriage this week, as the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 gay marriage ban. State Assemblyman Rob Bonta urged leaders in the cities he serves to hoist the flags, prompting Councilwoman Lena Tam to ask a community member, Karry Kelley, for a flag to fly. The court heard arguments for the case on Tuesday.

Christ Episcopal Church is holding Holy Week services this week. They include a Service of Tenebrae at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27; a seder dinner and Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, March 28 with a gathering at 5:45 p.m., seder at 6 p.m. and service at 7 p.m.; Stations of the Cross at noon and 6 p.m. Friday, March 29 and a Good Friday Liturgy at 7 p.m.; Easter Vigil with Baptism at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30; and Easter Sunday services with music and hymns at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The church is at 1700 Santa Clara Avenue.

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