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The lower flat in this Oakland duplex has been secured for three former residents of the Albany Bulb. Photo: Francesco Papalia
Peggy McQuaid January 10, 2014 at 04:54 pm
The Albany Community Foundation is pleased to be working with Francesco on this project. ItemsRead More which are donated are tax deductable to the extent permitted by law and Francesco has the forms for the donors. Thank you to everyone who is helping in this effort, especially Francesco.
Tree January 10, 2014 at 06:20 pm
I just sent out Francesco's request for items to my block on 900 Ramona Avenue. I'm so glad thatRead More there is finally some positive news in this sad situation.
Kirsten Schwartz January 11, 2014 at 08:24 am
Just walked by a house with some things out in front, including a small pink dresser--the hopefulRead More might be able to use it. Next door to 820 Ramona.
Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen (at podium) reads proclamations honoring civic leader Caryl O'Keefe (upper photo) and Albany High student leader Thalia Tom at the Oct. 21, 2013 City Council meeting. Images from KALB video of the meeting.
Rochelle Nason October 23, 2013 at 08:31 pm
Amber, the City of Albany is not throwing you out. It is offering you a transitional place to stayRead More for several months while you work with social service support on whatever issues have kept you homeless. Ultimately, it will be up to you to figure out what you want, what you can afford, and what tradeoffs you want to make. Housing in Albany is expensive by the square foot, due in large part to the quality of its schools and its relative safety. Keep in mind that many of the people who live here work extra hours in order to afford their homes; others live in a rented rooms rather than in their own apartments so they can stay here. These people contribute to the tax funds that pay for your your monthly income and your health care, for the transitional housing you are being offered, and for things like subsidized housing. Please think about how your many demands and grievances sound to the rest of us - especially those who are financially pressed and/or have family members to house or support. Amber, you are educated, intelligent, articulate, energetic, charming, stylish, tech-savvy . . . whatever is holding you back in life, I hope you will move into the transitional space and start addressing those issues. With everything you have going for you there is no reason you cannot be a self supporting person and much more. And you will be amazed at what self-reliance will do for your quality of life and that of everyone around you. Best of luck.
dorthy manser October 23, 2013 at 08:35 pm
Amber, we don't owe you anything. We let you camp for years in the Bulb. If anything you us. ButRead More that's fine. No harm no foul. You should thank us and move along peacefully. You got to camp out for years for free and you have the GALL to condem us? Give me a break.
Brian Parsley October 24, 2013 at 07:43 am
Does the Amber and Rochelle Show have to bleed over to every story on Patch?
Kathryn Javandel July 30, 2013 at 09:45 pm
@ Jared Schultzman -- I am sending you an email with our home telephone number and my husband's cellRead More phone number both of which I would appreciate you arranging to have permanently removed from the Red Cross solicitation lists. If any blood donation advocates feel like contacting the United Blood Services people to discuss how aggressive solicitation of past donors and their families results in their deciding to NEVER EVER DONATE BLOOD, MONEY OR ANYTHING ELSE EVER AGAIN and wanting to warn others of the surprising, unanticipated risks from letting blood donation centers get ahold of their private telephone numbers, the address and telephone number I was given is: United Blood Services National Call Center Attn: Dustin Schodt, In House Director 4920 South Wendler Drive, Suite 102 Tempe, AZ 85282 (877) 827-4376 Unfortunately I did not get the info for whoever was insistently soliciting blood donations on behalf of Red Cross. At the time I initially assumed it was the Red Cross themselves but tonight the United Blood Services people initially identified themselves as Blood Centers of the Pacific so perhaps Red Cross is using a third party call center as well. I anticipate they will be calling again soon so I will post that information when I get it.
kayla garelick July 30, 2013 at 09:52 pm
they are subject to ca law cuz they are doing business with you in ca!!! it makes me nuts to come upRead More against a brick wall of stupidity like this! i have had similar experieces with call centers hired by causes i donated to. so i know what you're saying. i gotta say tho that i signed up to donate a set amount to the Red Cross several years ago. after a year of donations i called and said i wanted to end it. they took my info and thanked me for my donation.and i never heard from them again. totally amazing!
Kathryn Javandel July 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm
kayla garelick -- I'm glad to hear your happy outcome. I'm hoping that Mr. Schultzman can make thatRead More happen for our family as well.
Ah Lan Dance performs at the Albany Arts & Green Festival at Memorial Park, May 19, 2013
Alan Eckert May 20, 2013 at 09:31 am
It was a good showing at the festival! Although we missed out on the compost (apparently more than 2Read More hours too late), we did find a 3rd vendor to compare solar panel pricing and options against the larger companies. The bike corral looked like a well-used option, too.
Amy Smolens May 20, 2013 at 05:03 pm
@Alan - Yes, it was - Albany Strollers & Rollers' bicycle valets parked around 90 bikes, many ofRead More them longtail/with trailer or child seats/cargo bikes! Thanks to Bua Luang for sponsoring our Bicycle Valet Parking service again! Street Level Cycles, in their 6th year providing free bike tuneups at the A&GF, tuned up 35 bicycles and showed people how to maintain their own bikes. Thanks to all of you who rode to the festival!! I'll try and get a few photos added to this article.
ALBANY, CA: The 24-hour Relay for Life fundraiser to fight cancer began at 10 a.m. May 18, 2013 on Cougar Field behind Albany Middle School.
Allen Cain May 19, 2013 at 10:58 am
I know you didn't (and i am soooo sorry to misspell your name, I blame my iphone / Mr. Burress)!Read More Also imagine how long a story would be if you acknowledged everyone by name. You are a doing a great job covering the multiplex of subjects and events and I agree being able to fill in blanks by posting comments is helpful - yay Patch
Charles Burress (Editor) May 19, 2013 at 03:35 pm
Many thanks, Allen, for the kind words. I appreciate any help and support from readers to make PatchRead More a better, more informative resource for all of us.
Janna Katz May 20, 2013 at 08:07 am
Sorry to miss the Albany Relay this year due to our trip to France. Congrats to the volunteeers andRead More thanks to those teams and donors. To more birthdays!
Peggy McQuaid September 7, 2012 at 02:32 pm
It is time to register for the September 18 blood drive. The instructions for registration are inRead More the article above. This is an easy way to really make a difference for someone in need.
Mercy Brown Bag Program July 31, 2012 at 04:08 pm
Thank you so very much for your steadfast support of Albany Seniors in need of groceries. We areRead More grateful for your partnership in this essential work.
Mary Flaherty July 31, 2012 at 07:26 pm
Nice to hear about efforts like these. Thanks for writing this story, Steven.
Mercy Brown Bag Program September 21, 2012 at 04:22 pm
An update to the story, we just learned that Rosie, who was quoted in this story, passed away lastRead More week. Rest in Peace, beautiful Rosie! Rosie said she says she had no intention of stopping soon. “I want to keep coming here until I can’t come here anymore,” And that she did! She made a big difference and we will miss her!
nbwt July 7, 2012 at 02:28 am
maybe this one? http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/forms_pubs/forms_worksheets/upay585.pdf
Pennie Opal Plant July 7, 2012 at 02:56 pm
@nbwt Thanks
Kristine Lawson July 9, 2012 at 04:49 pm
I was wondering the same thing about the loyalty oath and also the "etc." in theRead More procedures...
Emilie Raguso June 23, 2012 at 01:54 am
Regardless of what happened last year, it sounds like there was a plan in place to keep the gardenRead More going through the summer this year.
Tatter Salad June 26, 2012 at 04:06 am
I've seen 'vendors' of rather beat-up potted plants at the Berkeley/Bart Flea Market. Friends I knowRead More living in the area say they CANNOT keep potted plants at the front of their house, because they disappear, -and this was 10 years ago.
Jenny Craik June 26, 2012 at 11:12 am
I've heard sometimes unscrupulous landscapers steal them, then install them in new gardens forRead More clients.
Emilie Raguso September 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm
From The Watershed Project: "In terms of numbers, the Albany Bulb had a great turnout with 200Read More volunteers. We picked up 1,049 pounds of trash plus approximately 100 pounds in recyclables." Go Albany!
Ross Stapleton-Gray September 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm
As that's a half a ton of garbage, I'd really like to think it was loaded into the back of a VWRead More microbus with shovels and rakes and implements of destruction...
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