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    Singing at Cornell – two volunteer teachers’ favorite day of the year

    December 26th, 2007

    By Linjun Fan

    More than 200 children of Cornell Elementary School sang holiday songs cheerfully with Marilyn Chamberlain directing and Mary Wallmann playing the piano on their last day of school Friday. The two ladies have been teaching singing classes voluntarily to third-graders in the school for more than ten years.

    They teach kids various children’s songs every Tuesday during school weeks, and led a big performance at the end of a semester.

    “That’s my favorite day of the week, and this is my favorite day of the year, ” Wallmann said. Read the rest of this entry »


    Singing at Cornell – two volunteer teachers’ favorite day of the year

    December 26th, 2007

    By Linjun Fan

    More than 200 children of Cornell Elementary School sang holiday songs cheerfully with Marilyn Chamberlain directing and Mary Wallmann playing the piano on their last day of school Friday. The two ladies have been teaching singing classes voluntarily to third-graders in the school for more than ten years.

    They teach kids various children’s songs every Tuesday during school weeks, and led a big performance at the end of a semester.

    “That’s my favorite day of the week, and this is my favorite day of the year, ” Wallmann said. Read the rest of this entry »


    Moments of beauty on Albany Waterfront before sunset

    December 24th, 2007

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    Kids play a teeterboard at the Albany Beach Monday, Dec.24. Photos by Linjun Fan. Read the rest of this entry »


    Senior alumni donate to Albany High School

    December 24th, 2007

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    James Watkinson (upper right) and Mary Wallmann (lower left), graduates of Albany High School, Class of 1945, donated $5,000 to Albany High School library recently. The twin brother and sister have made impressive achievenments – Mary was the valedictorian of her class, graduated from Univerisity of California at Berkeley, and then worked as a libarian for Albany High school for several decades; James graduated from Stanford University and later became a successful businessman in Virginia. Their mother, Ms. Kathleen Watkinson, was one of the first libarians for Albany in the early 20s. Read the rest of this entry »


    Okawachi’s speech fires up discussion on racial discrimination in Albany

    December 21st, 2007

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     A high school student listened to Jewel Okawachi’s speech attentively while a senior looked at a map of a concentration camp in front. A large audience attended Okawachi’s speech on her internment experience during World War II at Albany Libary Monday, and a tense discussion on whether racial discrimination still exists in the city was aroused. Photo by Linjun Fan.

     When she was 14, Jewel Okawachi and her family were rounded up with several other Japanese families in Albany, ordered to take just what they could carry, and sent to a concentration camp in Arizona during World War II. Read the rest of this entry »


    Okawachi’s speech fires up discussion on racial discrimination in Albany

    December 21st, 2007

    Jewel’s speech

    A high school student listened to Jewel Okawachi’s speech attentively while a senior looked at a map of a concentration camp in front. A large audience attended Okawachi’s speech on her internment experience during World War II at Albany Libary Monday, and a tense discussion on whether racial discrimination still exists in the city was aroused. Photo by Linjun Fan.

    When she was 14, Jewel Okawachi and her family were rounded up with several other Japanese families in Albany, ordered to take just what they could carry, and sent to a concentration camp in Arizona during World War II. Read the rest of this entry »


    Moments of beauty: a clear day after rain

    December 19th, 2007

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    A colorful carpet of maple leaves covers a sidewalk on Stannage Ave.,  Albany. Photo by Linjun Fan. Dec. 18, 2007. Read the rest of this entry »


    Robert Lieber reelected as Albany Mayor after bitter debate

    December 19th, 2007

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    Albany Mayor Robert Lieber, who was reelected  at a council meeting Monday, advocated for the city’s “Go Green” programs in a green hat at Solano Stroll, an annual local festival, in September. Photo by Linjun Fan.

    After several lengthy rounds of bitter debate, Albany’s current mayor Robert Lieber was reelected at a council meeting Monday.

    The council voted 3-2 to suspend Albany’s traditional practice of rotating mayorship, and elected Lieber to serve as the city’s mayor for another year.

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Memories from a Japanese Internment Camp – speech by Jewel Okawachi

    December 16th, 2007

    Jewel Okawachi

    Photo by Linjun Fan. 79-year-old City Councilmember Jewel Okawachi has lived in Albany all her life, and served the community in various ways for decades. She will give a speech at the Albany Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Monday, Dec.17, sharing a special period of her life during which she and her family were put into an internment camp in Arizona and deprived of freedom for three years. This free event is sponsored by the Albany Library and the Albany YMCA.  Contact: Julie Winkelstein (510) 526-3720 for more information.  


    Ducks swim blissfully at Albany Mudflat

    December 16th, 2007

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    Several different kinds of ducks swim blissfully at Albany Mudflat Sunday. No oiled birds were seen at the Albany shoreline in recent days. Cleaning workers for the Cosco Busan Oil Spill have left. Most of Albany’s waterfront area is open to visitors now, but the beach remains closed. Photo by Linjun Fan.


    Sculpture “Rose Wave” erected at Ocean View Park in Albany

    December 16th, 2007

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    Sculptor Colin Lambert (left) and his assistant Peter Adams (right) erected a white sculpture at Ocean View Park on Buchanan Street in Albany Saturday. The Rose Wave sculpture, a rhythmic assembly of three petal-shaped ferrocement pieces, is a project funded by the Art in the Park program of Albany. It is named as Rose Wave because the place it locates used to be a rose nursery, and half-a-mile to its west are the waves of the San Francisco Bay, Mr. Lambert said. The three petals of Rose Wave were wrapped up later in the day, for more work was needed to complete its pedestal. Photo by Linjun Fan.


    Sculpture “Rose Wave” erected at Ocean View Park in Albany

    December 16th, 2007

    Rose wave

    Sculptor Colin Lambert (left) and his assistant Peter Adams (right) erected a white sculpture at Ocean View Park on Buchanan Street in Albany Saturday. The Rose Wave sculpture, a rhythmic assembly of three petal-shaped ferrocement pieces, is a project funded by the Art in the Park program of Albany. It is named as Rose Wave because the place it locates used to be a rose nursery, and half-a-mile to its west are the waves of the San Francisco Bay, Mr. Lambert said. The three petals of Rose Wave were wrapped up later in the day, for more work was needed to complete its pedestal. Photo by Linjun Fan.


    MacGregor students serve Albany residents with special-recipe waffles

    December 15th, 2007

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    Six-year-old Julia Bell is eager to have a try in cooking waffle as Gaby Martoranl and Yeseenia Vasquec, students of the Culinary Art Program of MacGregor High School, prepare Thai-recipe waffles to serve community members in Albany Saturday. Photo by Linjun Fan.

    MacGregor High School was bustling with excitement Saturday morning, as its students prepared their special-recipe waffles to serve breakfast to more than 100 community members of Albany for the first time.

    “We have been practicing this for two weeks, ” said Yeseenia Vasquec, a student of the Culinary Art Program at MacGregor. “We tested different recipes and voted for the Thai one with yeast.” Read the rest of this entry »


    Breakfast Fundraiser at MacGregor High School

    December 13th, 2007

    8:30 am to 11:00 am, Saturday, Dec. 15, at MacGregor High School, 720 Jackson St.

    Homemade waffles, fruit and beverages will be served. Proceeds of the event will go to support the school’s culinary arts program and community outreach project.


    Etingoff sexual assault case slowly proceeds in court

    December 13th, 2007

    By Linjun Fan

    Jon Etingoff, a longtime volunteer coach at Albany High School charged with three counts of sexual assaults on two boys, appeared in court briefly Thursday.

    Court proceedings on his case have been going slowly since the charges were made against him in late July. The mother of a 16-year-old boy who is alleged to be a victim lashed out at Etingoff in court in September. But no substantial hearing has been conducted since then.

    Etingoff is now free on bail, and has pleaded not guilty.

    “They have no facts. It’s all hearsay, ” said 54-year-old Etingoff as he walked out of an Oakland courthouse earlier last month. “They are trashing me.” Read the rest of this entry »


    14 Albany community members will help to select school district chief

    December 12th, 2007

    Rudy GattiRudy Gatti, a senior advisor hired by Albany school district for superintendent selection, gave a presentation with his associate Janet Gatti at a school board meeting in Albany Tuesday. Photo by Linjun Fan.

    Fourteen community members will help to select candidates for the superintendent position of Albany Unified School District in late February, according to a decision made by the district board Tuesday.

    Seven members of the Superintendent Selection Advisory Committee will be representatives of district employees, and the other half will represent parents and other community members. Read the rest of this entry »


    Albany City Council members reconciled after a dramatic fight over mayorship

    December 5th, 2007

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    The five City Councilmembers of Albany: Robert Lieber, Marge Atkinson, Jewel Okawachi, Farid Javandel, and Joanne Wile. Photo by Linjun Fan.

    A dramatic fight at Albany City Council Monday over who would be the city’s mayor in 2008 culminated in two members walking out of the meeting to protest an “illegal procedure” supported by the other three. Read the rest of this entry »


    Girl Talk band enchants Albany audience

    December 3rd, 2007

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    Guitarist Valerie Bach and cellist Laura Boytz enchanted the audience with a rich combination of soulful and lively south American music at Albany Community Center Sunday. The charm of their music was enhanced by percussionist Jerry Peraza and bassist Richard Lum. A different band is invited to perform for Albany residents every quarter by the city’s music foundation to provide rich musical experiences to the community. Click here to read more about the Girl Talk band and its distinctive music. Photo by Linjun Fan.


    Seniors sell their paintings at an Albany art show

    December 2nd, 2007

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    Sourrounded by her beautiful watercolor paintings, 77-year-old Vera Lis counts the money she earned from an art sale at Albany Senior Center Sunday. Lis has been taking painting classes at the center for the past eight years after her retirement. She likes hiking and painting the flowers and plants she sees at natural resorts. About a dozen seniors participated in the art sale where several hundred paintings were exhibited. Photo by Linjun Fan.


    Sorg’s case will be heard in court again in early January

    December 1st, 2007

    By Linjun Fan

    A court hearing on Kay Sorg’s case is rescheduled from Nov. 30 to Jan.4 under the request of her defense attorney,   Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland said on Friday.

    The defense attorney will ask the court to dismiss the sexual assault charges against Sorg at the upcoming hearing.

    Sorg is a veteran science teacher in Albany who was charged with molesting a former student in May. Click here to read an earlier story on the case.