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Local Producer Wins Big on Biggest Loser

Alameda TV producer Jennifer Rumple had issues with her weight from the time she reached her eighth birthday through college and into her first job producing local newscasts for television.
May 3, 2012

New Life at Croll's Corner

What could be more hometown than Croll’s corner bar, since 1883? How about two homeboys to run it? The newly revived corner of Central and Webster is called 1400 Bar and Grill (named for its Webster Street address), and is under the careful guidance of native sons Mike Cooper and Yanni (John) Placourakis.
March 2, 2012

Toastmaster General

Michael Notaro walked into his first Toastmasters meeting in 1985. A senior at UC Berkeley at the time, Notaro was hoping to pick up pointers on how to deliver a graduation speech.
March 2, 2012

Where It's At

Cool cats and swanky kittens, rockabilly swells and sweet little vintage gals might unify around these few truths: the foot-tapping appeal of a swinging boogie-woogie beat, the swagger of bold and brassy sax solo and the eternal appeal of a blues woman’s sultry wail, rounding the bend of heartbreak and pine, right at the mighty junction of Ruth Brown and Etta James.
March 2, 2012

Picture This

Alameda is well-known for its classical Victorian homes, but you don’t often hear about domiciles that seem to be a strange combination of something from the Old West and a Caribbean bungalow.
March 2, 2012

Take 5

At the age of 14, Amy Abels started working in her family business as a waitress. Since her father’s retirement nine years ago and after graduating from the California Culinary Academy and the Culinary Institute of America, Abels has been running Grand Catering, well, rather grandly.
March 2, 2012


Mi’Chelle Fredrick is a Wisconsin native who has lived in Alameda for nearly 20 years. That’s almost long enough to be considered a local, by some accounts. And with all she is doing for her adopted home, it may be time to bestow that honorific title.
March 2, 2012

You May Now Kiss the Clerk You May Now Kiss the Clerk

Alameda City Hall has become a newish venue for local residents seeking an intimate setting to recite their vows.
March 2, 2012

Media Shelf

New Books from the Bay Area
March 2, 2012

The Six Questions

March 2, 2012