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The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, our weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s your headlines for this week.

Alamedans polluted less in 2010 than they did five years earlier, the results of a new study show. But some are questioning whether the numbers will hold as the nation emerges from a recession that likely reduced the car trips that are responsible for much of the pollution, and they say that much more needs to be done. Read more >> about The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

BREAKING: Teachers approve contract deal

Alameda’s teachers have approved a new contract deal, capping two years of contentious negotiations that played out in public through dueling press releases, heated school board meetings and two trips to state mediators for help.

If the deal is okayed by the Board of Education, teachers could see their pay rise as much as 5 percent over three years, class sizes in kindergarten through third grade would remain at 25 students per teacher for the next five years and calendars for the next two school years could be available for families before the final bell rings on this one. Read more >> about BREAKING: Teachers approve contract deal

Community Corner: School performances, summer jobs and youth scholarships

Students at three Alameda schools will be showcasing their performing abilities over the next couple of weeks.

Wood Middle School’s PTA will present the school’s Second Annual Spring Performing Arts Night, featuring student entertainment and art, at 6:30 p.m. today in the Wood Multipurpose Room. Light refreshments will be offered and a raffle will be held; tickets are $1 each. Wood is at 420 Grand Street. Read more >> about Community Corner: School performances, summer jobs and youth scholarships

Redesign This Website!

Last week we celebrated our first birthday, and we shared our plans to make The Alamedan an even richer source of local news and information than what we've built so far. A big part of that effort will involve a redesign of the site, and we could use your help. Tell us what you like about the site as it is now and also, what we can do to make it a better place to visit, either in the comment section below or via e-mail at michele@thealamedan.org. Your suggestions will play an integral role in the look of The Alamedan 2.0, so let us know what you think!

Speaking of last week's birthday post, I want to thank everyone who answered our call for support as well as others who have contributed recently to our efforts to make sure you're getting all the news that matters here in Alameda. Specifically, thanks to the Lindsey family, Steve Gerstle, Susanne Trowbridge, Jim Franz and our own Morton Chalfy for your support! If you'd like to support The Alamedan in meeting its $20,000 fundraising challenge this year, you can make a quick and easy online donation or send checks to our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives (with Alameda Community News Project in the register), 354 Pine Street Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104. Read more >> about Redesign This Website!

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, our two-sentence news review. This week was a busy one in news, so let’s get started.

City parks leaders have rescinded a rule barring children under the age of 9 from Alameda’s off-leash dog parks. Children of all ages are again being allowed again, and those under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised. Read more >> about The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Community Corner: Student successes, contributions collected and volunteers sought

Contributions are being collected for a sixth grade student and basketball player who lost his father to gun violence in January. Contributions to a trust account set up for Daniel Colon can be made to Operators Engineers Credit Union, Daniel Joseph Colon Jr. Charitable Account, 1620 South Loop Road. The phone number is 748-7441, and the membership number is 294534. Read more >> about Community Corner: Student successes, contributions collected and volunteers sought

BREAKING: ALAMEDA SNAGS A SECOND AMERICA'S CUP TEAM

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Alameda Point is set to become home to a second America's Cup team, the city announced Monday morning. The Italian Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 team will be leasing a 65,400 square foot former airplane hangar at the Point for the next seven months, according to a press release issued shortly after 10 a.m. Monday. Read more >> about BREAKING: ALAMEDA SNAGS A SECOND AMERICA'S CUP TEAM

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