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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?
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 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!
takeout the trash May 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm
Perhaps we need to remember this founding incident as we respond to the professional protestorsRead More (check their ustream sites, which all request donations to fund their future protests) from Berkeley are attempting to trash our city will their "occupation."
Kathleen Caine June 9, 2012 at 08:26 pm
Hi Marsha, I was excited to see this story as Jennie was my great aunt. I have quite a bit ofRead More information about Frank (Axel not Alex) and Jennie and could send a picture from about that time if you like.
Karen Sorensen July 25, 2012 at 08:15 pm
Dave Gilson rightly pointed out that there isn't enough information online about Albany's early 20thRead More century garbage war with Berkeley, which led up to the incorporation of Albany. If you'd like to know more about this, you can now read about it at the Albany Historical Society website (http://www.albanycahistory.org/id15.html).
Linjun Fan March 11, 2012 at 09:45 am
Congratulations, Peggy. You are a remarkable lady. Very glad at reading the news and seeing yourRead More picture.
Amy Smolens March 11, 2012 at 06:29 pm
Congrats and thanks, Peggy!
JerriHolan, FAIA March 11, 2012 at 08:06 pm
Nobody deserves it more! Thanks Peggy for all your work. Jerri
Peggy McQuaid March 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm
The Albany Community Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the Albany FilmFest for the second year.Read More Thank you to the Community Media Access Committee, Jeremy Allen and everyone who has worked so hard to make this outstanding event possible. Congratulations on a job well done.
Paul O'Curry February 8, 2012 at 05:33 pm
Thank you Susan and 5Creeks for the wonderfull and informative talk by SF Lepidopterist LiamRead More O'Brien at the Library on Monday night. Packed house, standing room only and beautiful show.
Joy Kekki February 8, 2012 at 05:54 pm
Susan, thank you for bringing attention to Albany Hill; or, at least what remains of it. IRead More remember visiting it with my grandmother. The entire hill was like a beautiful green woods, where goats used to roam to keep everything neat and trim. It was a peaceful retreat where you could see wild animals, birds and interesting native plants. Too bad it no longer exists. Now, it is so riddled with human habitation with its attending noise, litter and toxic waste that wildlife has nearly disappeared. It is painful to see that Albany Hill, the last vestige of nature's peace and beauty in our city, was gouged, shrunken and reduced to a memory. It was all about money. Sorry, kids, you will just have to use your imagination now.
Ben Lukas December 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm
"Each finalist will receive $500 to apply to December's electric bill." Seems to me thatRead More AOL (the owner of Patch) must have some connection to the energy companies, as the kicker is an incentive to expend energy on "light shows." Likely the profits from all the lights are greater than the donation to one school district in the country...Bah-humbug on this contest for those of us who might decorate without using excessive lighting...
Tod Abbott November 25, 2011 at 09:29 am
Actually, the Chamber of Commerce is fully insured for this sort of activity.
Don Ford November 25, 2011 at 05:21 pm
Thanks Todd for the call. The boys had a great time! In Boy Scouts, we try to instill a sense ofRead More community involvement. This shows them that stuff doesn't just happen but that its people...like them...who make a difference om our world. They said the lights were cool too!
Peggy McQuaid November 26, 2011 at 12:55 am
Thanks for doing this, Don, Tod and all - especially the boys. You are so right about the sense ofRead More community involvement. This is a value that hopefully will last their entire lifetime.
Michael Valladares October 28, 2011 at 05:40 pm
The Hotsy Totsy Club is proud to say through this fundraiser with Breast Friends we donated $729 inRead More drink sales that night to fight breast cancer.
Emilie Raguso October 28, 2011 at 05:58 pm
This is great news, Michael. Thank you so much for the update. And thanks to Laurie for organizing!!
The Church on the Corner November 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm
Be sure to check out the new plants in the planter boxes along Solano Ave. between Pomona &Read More Ramona Avenues! The Flowerland Nursery generously donated the plants, soil and vision and worked in partnership with The Church on the Corner to help bring this vision to life!
Emilie Raguso November 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm
Thanks for adding all those photos! I may split them out, along with this description, into aRead More separate gallery. Anything else you can tell me about the planting? (When it happened and how it got started?)
Amy Smolens October 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm
We installed about 150 free rear lights and over 200 free front lights (courtesy of Safeway) at theRead More three elementary schools and the middle school as part of Albany Strollers & Rollers' ongoing program.
Emilie Raguso October 27, 2011 at 05:43 pm
Thanks Amy -- what an achievement to have installed all those lights. That's a huge public serviceRead More for Strollers & Rollers!
Copper Hat October 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Great idea!
Ebba October 17, 2011 at 02:26 pm
I was a parent chaperone when Mrs. H's class went to help harvest the garden last month. It was aRead More great experience for the kids. I really enjoyed seeing kids picking veggies and devouring them right then and there. They couldn't get enough of the sugar snap peas and that night my son was willing to try veggies he hadn't tasted before because he had picked them. It's inspired us to plant some at home. Thank you Mrs. H and USDA for the experience!
Ross Stapleton-Gray October 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm
I was leafing through the El Cerrito city course book, and note that they rent garden plots,Read More supplying water and green waste disposal... the rental rates seemed great, and the idea's a fine one for those who lack a yard with garden space.
Chelle Putzer October 10, 2011 at 01:54 pm
These are great pictures of the Dartmouth Block Movie Night! Nice work Laurie (& neighbors)Read More putting together such a great event!
Emilie Raguso October 12, 2011 at 12:07 am
I really love the piñata photo! Perfect moment!! Also, who won the costume contest??
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...
Laurie Wong Roberts September 12, 2011 at 03:07 pm
As a 3-time 3-Day walker, I know the importance of having a community come out and cheer you on. TheRead More Dartmouth neighbors were out in force early on Saturday morning, bearing stickers and tissues, hugs, high-fives, and good cheer! If you are interested in walking in 2012, or just supporting Albany's own Team BFF- Breast Friends Forever, please email us at teambff.albany@gmail.com
Taylor September 16, 2011 at 01:20 pm
What a wonderful way to get kids motivated. I personally like companies that give back and I likeRead More to support their store. I am not sure what I could use at that store but I pop my head in.
Tanya Grove September 16, 2011 at 02:34 pm
I love the incongruity of knit fish, and they look so colorful swimming together up on the wall. IfRead More you can, try to take a photo of all the kids with their fish hats on!
Peggy McQuaid August 21, 2011 at 04:30 pm
The Albany Rotary will provide dinner on Saturday night for participants and the Albany Lions areRead More providing Sunday breakfast.
Allan Maris August 22, 2011 at 01:13 pm
Thank you PATCH and Emilie for reminding us of this fabulous community event. I will be flying backRead More from a fishing trip in Oregon to join my Albany School District teammates on Cougar Field from 9pm to midnight on Saturday, 27 August. I hope to meet many others there to discuss local issues and celebrate our great community. Please check the Relay For Life website and join a team, honor someone with a contribution for the luninaria ceremony or donate to an AUSD team member by calling Jackiie at 558-3766. Thanks to all.
Emilie Raguso August 27, 2011 at 01:38 am
Thanks, Allan, for all you do! Keep an eye out for photographer Dorothy Brown, who will come byRead More Saturday (not sure when) to document (part of) this event.
Daniel August 24, 2011 at 02:34 pm
"On Call to Help Feed Cal Students with Kids" I have some neighborhood kids I'd like toRead More feed to the students.
Tim Q. Cannon August 24, 2011 at 04:52 pm
and what that giraffe was doing in my pajamas, I'll never know
Barbara Grady August 24, 2011 at 09:27 pm
Daniel - Thanks for your comment, but you would need the preposition "to" notRead More "with" to make that the meaning of the headline....as in "On Call to Help Feed Kids to Cal Students" ...or maybe you like to say "I feed my family with dinner"
Ross Stapleton-Gray July 11, 2011 at 03:07 pm
Now if we can just get them to tug out all the eucalyptus...
Margaret Tong July 11, 2011 at 03:55 pm
Ought it not to be 'Scottish' broom. Scotch is a fine dram. Perhaps the way to get rid of it wouldRead More be to 'scotch' the earth
carole fitzgerald July 14, 2011 at 02:55 pm
Kudos to Erica and her Green Team and Jean Poulter for representing the Friends of Albany Hill. BeRead More not discouraged by the small turnout of volunteers, too many volunteers can trample what is being protected. It is also July when many folks are on vacation. Thank you for your efforts! Carole Fitzgerald-Friends of Albany Hill
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