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May 3, 2012

The Six Questions

Abra Rudisill, 50, artistic director of Alameda Civic Ballet and the Alameda Ballet Academy.
May 3, 2012

Wine Not?

“Have mercy!” It’s a plea for compassion, and when made by vintners to the universe, speaks volumes about capricious weather, fluctuations in the market and other assorted adventures from vine to bottle to glass to palate.
May 3, 2012

Take 5

Owner of the eco-friendly children’s store Monkey Bars and co-founder of Alameda Parent Support, Heather Reed Rider has figured out a thing or two about business and parenting.
May 3, 2012


There are certain artists who are so integral to an art scene that it is difficult to imagine it without them.
May 3, 2012

Secret Eats

Where does Alameda go to satisfy its cravings for hearty, heart-warming schnitzel, sauerbraten, and spätzle — with a heaping side of sonic delight?
May 3, 2012

Word on the Street

What should replace the former Borders Bookstore space at South Shore Center?
May 3, 2012

Green Machines

I am enjoying a lovely ride in Jerry Meissner’s pedicab on a beautiful spring afternoon. The pedicab — basically a small carriage drawn by a “driver” pedaling a bike — is a cheerful yellow.
May 3, 2012

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