Charlie Blanchard brings his bicycle to a stop along the BART trail to respond to a hello from a passer-by. Twenty minutes later, Blanchard – in his final days as Albany Board of Education President – is still politely answering questions about Albany schools and listening to the greeter’s ideas.
The scene is quintessential Charlie Blanchard, repeated numerous times a week around Albany in recent years as people seek him out to ask about Board of Education decisions and speak their thoughts about issues concerning the schools. Read the rest of this entry »
Newly-elected Vice Mayor Joanne Wile lives with her partner Nancy, four dogs and 16 birds in a one-story house in Albany. 62-year-old Wile was a social worker for decades. She also sees herself as an environmentalist, a community activist and a lesbian who is ready to “battle any form of discrimination”. Read the rest of this entry »
Newly-elected Mayor Marge Atkinson and outgoing Mayor Robert Lieber of Albany showed up at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a local cafe Thursday, to welcome the newly-opened business and express support for local shops. Photos by Linda (Linjun) Fan.
After serving the community for 58 years, the Albany Pool is closing its doors on December 21, Sunday to await demolition and future construction of a new pool facility.To commemorate the occasion, the AHS Swim Club and Swim Team are throwing a pool party. All members of the community are invited to join the Cougar for a final dip in the pool– have some good fun, great food, show appreciation, and say a bittersweet farewell: Sunday, Dec. 21, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Read the rest of this entry »
A reception to honor Charlie Blanchard, retiring President of the Board of Education, will be held at the Community Center, Tuesday 7:00-7:30 pm. Newly-elected member of the board Pat Low will also be welcomed at the event. The school board will review a budget report and interdistrict transfer policies at the meeting following the reception.
Boardmember Miriam Walden of the Albany Unified School District wrote a commentary on Albany Today explaining her ideas on issues related to the staggered reading program:
There are really three issues being discussed. First, no board member denies the value of small group reading instruction. I personally believe this program is enormously valuable. Second, the value of adding instructional minutes, which I personally believe is very questionable – more minutes does not necessarily mean more learning. We have not yet received an evaluation of the impact of the additional minutes that we added to the 1-3 grade schedules this fall. Read the rest of this entry »
If I can remember correctly, I was a late bird all throughout 1st to 3rd grade at Ocean View Elementary School. But I had two luxuries 10 years ago that some elementary students don’t have now: a stay-at-home mom and a stable economy. Read the rest of this entry »
Two dozen parents and teachers rallied at Albany Community Center ahead of a school board meeting last Tuesday, chanting slogans to urge the board not to change the current staggered reading schedule . Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.
Few issues have roused more controversy in the Albany Unified School District than the staggered reading schedule, which is supported by many teachers and parents as a unique blessing to Albany schools, but challenged by a considerable number of others as an arbitrary burden.
As the majority of the school board members are likely to vote for a change on the schedule next month, teachers and parents become increasingly passionate and divided in their opinions on the issue. Read the rest of this entry »
The Albany Police Department issued a community alert on burglaries Friday after a number of Albany homes were broken in recently:
The City of Albany has recently been experiencing an increase of residential burglaries (home break-ins). Eleven Albany homes have been burglarized since October 1, 2008. The most common method of entry is through an open or unlocked rear door or window, although in a few instances, a locked window has been broken or forced open, and doors have been “kicked” open. No particular neighborhood has been the focus of these break-ins, they are happening all over town: from Pierce Street to Peralta, Marin, Spokane, Ordway, Madison, Evelyn, Washington, etc. Neighboring cities have experienced similar crimes during this time period. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve missed this wonderful performance, you can still catch it by watching the video clips recorded at the concert by Albany Today. Watch first Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars. You might be amazed at how beautifully the young vocalists could sing.
The City of Albany will hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 8 to formally announce the results of the recent election. Farid Javandel, Robert Lieber and Peggy Thomsen will take oath of office to the City Council. Patricia Low and Ron Rosenbaum will take oath to serve on the Board of Education. A resolution will also be passed to honor Jewel Okawachi for her eight years of service on the Council and decades of service for the community. Location: Main Hall, Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany. Click here for the agenda.
The Albany Arts Committee will sponsor an art show at the Community Center Saturday, Dec. 6th, 11am – 5 pm. Artwork on exhibition will include oil and acrylic paintings, giclee prints, photography, jewelry, etc. There will also be cards and other gift items on sale. Location: 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany.