Community Corner: Waste reduction honors, City Hall pinball exhibit, fire department grant and more

Community Corner: Waste reduction honors, City Hall pinball exhibit, fire department grant and more

Michele Ellson

City Hall is hosting a pinball exhibit.

Four Alameda businesses have earned honors from StopWaste.Org for their waste reduction efforts. VF Outdoor, Shinsei Gardens and Breakers at Bayport manager The John Stewart Company and Alameda’s two McDonald’s restaurants were among the businesses that earned StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards, which were presented on May 9.

The Pacific Pinball Museum’s newest educational exhibit is headed to City Hall. Five machines from the electromechanical era of the 1970s – called the third golden age of pinball – will be on display through July 1; they’ll also be available for free play between noon at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The museum will kick off the exhibit from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 by offering an additional five pinball machines from the era in front of City Hall. City Hall is at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

The Alameda Fire Department has received a $161,368 federal grant to fund in-house emergency medical services training and new exercise equipment for the department’s Wellness/Fitness Program. The in-house training program will replace training the department’s paramedics and emergency medical technicians now receive off-site, along with pieces of equipment that are between six and 20 years old. The city will pay $40,341 in matching funds required to receive the grant. Over the last decade, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the department more than $5.6 million for equipment, vehicles, staff, training and a fire boat.

The Alameda Unified School District will operate a free lunch program this summer for children 18 and younger. The program will operate from June 10 through July 19 at Donald D. Lum Elementary, 1801 Sandcreek Way, and from June 17 through July 12 at Will C. Wood Middle School, 420 Grand Street. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon every weekday except July 4. Additional information is available by calling 337-7045.

Christ Episcopal Church is hosting "Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God," a Vacation Bible School, from July 22-26. The school is in session from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and aftercare is available. Enrollment costs $50, and aftercare an additional $50. Additional information is available on Christ Episcopal’s website.

Students at Ruby Bridges Elementary will perform in a ceremony being held on May 31 to dedicate Oakland’s Remember Them: Champions For Humanity monument. The Ruby Bridges Grade 5 Choir will open the program with “We Shall Overcome” and will introduce Bridges, who is one of the 25 humanitarians honored on the monument and is speaking at the event, by singing “Beautiful.” The ceremony begins at 2:45 p.m. May 31 at Henry J. Kaiser Park, at 19th Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.

The state Legislature has approved a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, that urges federal lawmakers to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from the sequester cuts. The bill is set to be chaptered by California’s secretary of state and will be sent to President Barack Obama and members of Congress.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda has recognized nine eighth grade students with their Hope of America award. The award recognizes students for leadership, academics, peer recognition and moral character. The winners and the educators who nominated them include Andrew Wan and Stanley Lam, Principal Dr. Richard Porter, Chinese Christian School; Lenora Yee, teacher Heather Wu, Lincoln Middle School; Matthew Landis, teacher Sarah Noble, Lincoln Middle School; Dylan Brown, teacher Jennifer Wadsworth, St. Joseph Elementary School; Amado Lozano and Marina Ramsey, St. Philip Neri School, teacher Al Caruso; Siera Vance, Will C. Wood Middle School, teacher Katy Zaugg; Malik Whitehead, teacher Ellen Mulholland, Will C. Wood Middle School.