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The Alameda Education Foundation and a list of other local nonprofits have kicked off their annual Equipped 4 Success backpack and school supply donation drive.

Patty Harding, mother of Clay Harding - who died tragically last November - speaks at Saturday's dedication of an Eagle Scout project in her son's name. The project, a memorial at City View Skate Park, was organized by Edan Winckler of Alameda Troop 73.

Few things keep skateboarders off Alameda's streets, but briefly last November, the streets were quiet as the city's skate tribe gathered at St. Joseph's Church to mourn the tragic death of 17-year-old Clay Harding. On Saturday the clan gathered again in his memory, but this time loud and proud at the skate park where Clay was a high-flying regular.

Students at Bay Farm School recently responded to First Lady Michelle Obama's #GimmeFive dance challenge by learning this dance, featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

More than 100 dancers from Alameda and Encinal high schools glided, stomped, and twirled across the gym floor at Alameda High School on May 21 in celebration of the sixth annual Alameda Harvey Milk Day Celebration.

Video courtesy of the Association of Bay Area Governments.

The Association of Bay Area Governments honored the city at its 2015 Growing Smarter Together Awards last week for Jack Capon Villa, an 18-unit apartment building that serves low-income people with disabilities. The association produced this video about the project, which it shared with The Alamedan.

Novato high school senior Miguel Delgado broke away from a four-way tie atop the leader board entering Sunday's final round to win the Alameda Commuters Tournament by three strokes.

I am an Alameda resident who has observed that the lagoon and park area at Oak Street and Otis Drive has become increasingly subject to illegal dumping, graffiti and a transient population. The area has been neglected for years and it is getting worse.

Blogger and roving photographer Richard Bangert took his trusty camera to Alameda Point and caught a series of pictures of the season's foliage, birds and human visitors. Here's a selection.

Born in Stayton, Ore. to Henry and Martha Painton Sause, Sam was a gentle, loving man who touched the lives of many here in our Alameda community and beyond our Island home. At Christ Episcopal Church, Sam was beloved by everyone while he served in most of its ministries with steadfastness and selfless devotion, including that of senior warden.

His compassion for others reached beyond the doors of his church to the Seafarers Ministry, where he reached out to those who sail for months on end without contact beyond their ships. Sam helped shepherd these sailors to the Oakland center where they could worship, shop and connect with families across the sea via phone and Internet.