Community Corner: Wood work, ice rink opening and more

Community Corner: Wood work, ice rink opening and more

Michele Ellson

Wood Middle School students help out at an Adopt-a-School event. Photo courtesy of Alex Boskovich.

The City of Alameda is unveiling its remodeled permit center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 in Room 190 at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Mayor Marie Gilmore will lead a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The redesign efforts included a new, larger counter; a new waiting area; public wireless access; and a workstation that will allow visitors to pull permit histories and obtain permits online. The opening coincides with new customer service initiatives, informational handouts and hours. Starting on Tuesday, November 12, the permit center will be open for walk-in business from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will offer appointments for expedited permit processing from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

More than 120 volunteers showed up to Wood Middle School on October 19 to participate in an Adopt-a-School volunteer day organized by Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. Volunteers built a dozen raised beds for a new community history garden, which will serve as an outdoor classroom for the school; painted murals; and planted new landscaping. The event was aided by donations from the following people and organizations: Lowe’s Home Improvement; Jamie Fritz, Future Building Design; Starbucks, Alameda; Trader Joes, Alameda; Alameda Natural Grocery; Wescafe, Alameda; Community Development Agency, Alameda County; Alameda County Public Works; Environmental Health Department, Alameda County; General Services Agency, Alameda County; Cactus Jungle, Berkeley; Ogawa Mune Nursery, Fremont; Western Star Nursery, Sunol; Ploughshares, Alameda; Landscape Horticulture Department, Merritt College; The Home Depot; Davey Tree, Oakland; Kelly-Moore Paints, San Lorenzo; Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities Department, Alameda Unified School District; and Wood Middle School PTA.

Covered California is seeking organizations interesting in becoming Certified Enrollment Entities that can provide in-person assistance to people seeking to sign up for health coverage. Entities that can serve as Certified Enrollment Entities include hospitals, faith-based organizations, colleges, chambers of commerce and labor unions. Additional information is available at https://ipas.ccgrantsandassisters.org.

The Little Ice Rink is opening at Alameda South Shore Center on Saturday, November 9 and will remain open through January 20, 2014. The rink, which will be adjacent to Petco at Park Street and Franciscan Way, is operated by Ice-America and is being supported by the Perforce Foundation. Hours will be from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the rink will be open for a Stroller Skate at 2 p.m. Tuesdays. More information is available on the ice rink’s website.

Alameda Municipal Power has launched a home energy report pilot aimed at helping customers understand and transform their energy usage. My Energy is a web portal that allows customers to view 12 months’ worth of their energy usage along with energy efficiency tips and comparisons of how their energy use stacks up with others, and it allows customers to create plans to control their energy use. In addition to the web portal, the utility will send printed reports to about half of its residential customers. The portal can be accessed at https://amp.opower.com/.