Community Corner: New Cutter Commander, Clean Water Grants

Community Corner: New Cutter Commander, Clean Water Grants

Michele Ellson

Captain Thomas E. Crabbs hands over the helm of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf to Captain Mark A. Frankford during a change of command ceremony Friday aboard the Bertholf. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Loumania Stewart.

The Coast Guard cutter Bertholf has a new commanding officer. Captain Mark A. Frankford was installed as the national security cutter’s commanding officer in a ceremony Friday. Frankford, a 1988 Coast Guard Academy graduate who has served seven prior tours, comes to Coast Guard Island from the Pentagon, where he served as Coast Guard liaison officer and chief of the homeland defense and theater security division on the Joint Staff, according to a press release issued by the Coast Guard. He’ll be taking over for Captain Thomas E. Crabbs, whose tour on the Bertholf marked this third commanding officer assignment.

Alameda County’s Clean Water Program is accepting applications for its 2013 Community Stewardship Grant Program. The grants are designed to help community groups prevent storm water pollution in order to protect local waterways; the deadline to request funding of between $1,000 and $5,000 is April 18. The application packet and examples of previously funded projects are available online.

The Alameda Firefighters Association and Alameda Education Association raised more than $8,300 during their sold-out Crab Fest “Fun-Raiser” on March 1. The money will be donated to the Alameda Point Collaborative.

Ala Costa Centers has opened an after-school program for disabled youths in Littlejohn Park, 1401 Pacific Avenue. The program can serve up to 15 youths ages 5-22 who previously had to take buses to Oakland and Berkeley to attend similar programs. The program offers a safe environment where youths can learn social and community skills.