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    Feature:Albany custodian speaks at school board meeting for the first time

    May 13th, 2009

    Oscar Rodriguez, a custodian at Albany Unified School District, went to attend a Board of Education meeting last Tuesday. It was the first time he ever attended a School Board meeting, after working for the District for 22 years. As the District is laying off dozens of employees and taking other drastic measures to deal with budget problems, people like Rodriguez are starting to feel that they need to pay close attention to what decisions district officials are making.

    “We want to know about what’s happening, ” Rodriguez said. “It’s getting tough.” Read the rest of this entry »

    An easy and green way to dispose your e-waste

    May 12th, 2009

    Hate to dump your old computer or TV on the sidewalk? Albany residents could now call (510) 528-4052 to schedule a free pickup of your e-waste. Read the rest of this entry »

    A Yard Sale to benefit AHS Mental Health Program

    May 1st, 2009

    Peggy  McQuaid, President of the Albany Community Foundation, wrote the following message calling for help with the Mental Health Program at the Albany High School:

    The Albany Community Foundation and the Albany Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Council will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, May 2 at 1604 Marin Ave. Albany from 9:00 – 2:00.  This sale is unique because all of the proceeds will go to towards stipends for the mental health interns at Albany High School.  Last school year, mental health interns helped 145 Albany High School students.  The need is great. Read the rest of this entry »

    Moments of Beauty at 2009 Albany Art and Music Festival

    April 29th, 2009

    Please enjoy a photo slideshow on the Albany Art and Music Festival taking place Sunday. Special thanks to Albany residents Richard Ishida and Michele Ku, who helped to capture the moments of beauty at the event. Photos by Linjun Fan, Richard Ishida and Michele Ku.

    Albany holds Spring Art and Musical Festival

    April 23rd, 2009

    Albany will hold its annual Spring Art & Music Festival at Memorial Park this upcoming Sunday, April 26, 11 AM – 4 PM. The event features live music, ethnic dances, local artists,  and a variety of food.  Click here to view a detailed program and other information about the festival. Below is a photo slideshow on the wonderful festival in 2008.  

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    The dragon, lions, and martial artists on Solano

    February 10th, 2009

    Albany had its own Chinese New Year parade and stage performance on Solano Avenue Saturday. Although it didn’t have splendid floats like the ones in San Francisco, local residents, including dozens of school children, put on a rich combination of Chinese arts and dances at the celebration. The gorgeous dragon that waved down Solano was hand-made by resident Zion Lee, out of recycled material.

    Click here to review some beautiful moments at Albany’s Lunar New Year Celebration a year ago.

    Albany remembers Fred Oyle, “the man of a million smiles”

    February 2nd, 2009

    Hundreds of people gathered in Albany Sunday to remember Fred Oyle, a well-loved member of the community who passed away recently from a sudden heart attack.

    50-year-old Oyle had lived on Key Route Boulevard with his family for more than a decade. He was a block captain, a popular house painter, and a devoted coach for the Albany Little League. Neighbors, friends and family members shared stories about Oyle’s cheerfulness and generosity at a packed hall at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Read the rest of this entry »

    School Board President Charlie Blanchard retires with well wishes

    December 23rd, 2008

    By Barbara Grady-Ayer

    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 »

    Feature: Albany’s newly-elected Vice Mayor Joanne Wile

    December 22nd, 2008

    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 »

    Marge Atkinson and Joanne Wile elected to Albany’s mayorship

    December 19th, 2008

    Marge Atkinson was elected to be Mayor of Albany Monday. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    Marge Atkinson and Joanne Wile were elected as mayor and vice-mayor of Albany by a 3:2 vote Monday, at a dramatic City Council meeting where the split of the community caused by the waterfront controversy was still evident. Read the rest of this entry »

    Albany boys graduate from police academy

    November 23rd, 2008

    Nine young men graduated from Albany Police Youth Academy as its first class Saturday, after learning closely from police officers on various law enforcement issues for two months. Read the rest of this entry »

    Albany’s old church seeks a new life

    November 13th, 2008

    The City of Albany proclaimed a Church on the Corner Day earlier this month to celebrate the  100th anniversary of the local baptist church. But many local residents might have never been to the church, or to any of the other few churches in town, as Christian worship has largely faded out of people’s daily life at Albany. 

    The Church on the Corner, formerly known as First Baptist Church of Albany, used to play a prominent role in the town for decades. Now the 100-year-old is undergoing radical changes in order to regain its relevance to the community. Read the rest of this entry »

    Messages of gratitude and hope to Albany voters

    November 7th, 2008

    The candidates who won the City Council and the School Board elections Tuesday, wrote messages of gratitude and hope to voters:

    Farid Javandel: “I feel honored to have been selected by the voters of Albany to continue representing them on the City Council. I will do the best I can to represent the interests of all residents by listening respectfully to the concerns they express and working creatively to develop consensus solutions. This is what I have tried to do over the past four years, what I emphasized in my reelection campaign, and what I hope to do even better over the next four years. Read the rest of this entry »

    Nick Pilch: “I’m proud of the voters of Albany”

    November 7th, 2008

    Nick Pilch, one of the candidates who did not get elected into the City Council, wrote the message below to the community:

    “I’m proud of the voters of Albany for producing somewhat unconventional results in our local election. And I’m happy to have gotten the support that you’ve given me. And I’m happy that *all* of the candidates received support from the voters. This was a close race and Albany was lucky to have had a great selection of candidates to choose from. Read the rest of this entry »

    The reasons why they worked at polling stations

    November 6th, 2008

    About 100 people helped out at polling stations at Albany on the election day. They started at 6:30 a.m. and worked till late into the night. I talked to some of them at a polling station at the University Village on the election night, asking them why they did the work.

    22-year-old Alana Ingram said she was proud that she worked at the polls at a historical election. “I want to be able to tell my kids that your mother was there at that historical moment, ” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

    Albany pumpkin vendor encounters sharp sales downfall

    October 28th, 2008

    Few customers showed up at Ray’s Pumpkin Patch on Solano Avenue Tuesday, whose business is suffering a sharp decline. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    You might have noticed that not as many pumpkins are smiling at porches in Albany right now, although the Halloween is only three days away. At least several hundred Albany families have cut back on buying pumpkins this year, in the gloom and uncertainty of economic recession. Read the rest of this entry »

    Albany High School students vote overwhelmingly for Obama in mock election

    October 27th, 2008

    Students of Albany High School filled out their ballots at a mock presidential election Wednesday. Photo by Micah Yee. Article by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    If students of Albany High School had the say in the upcoming presidential election, Barack Obama would win by a 80 per cent margin over John McCain.

    572 students at the high school participated in a mock election organized by the school and the League of Women Voters Wednesday. 86 per cent of them voted for Obama and less than 5 per cent voted for McCain. Read the rest of this entry »

    Hearing of Sorg’s sexual offense case centers on letters

    October 22nd, 2008

    By Linda (Linjun) Fan

    A preliminary hearing of Kay Sorg‘s case, which had originally been scheduled for last week, was postponed to Nov. 20.

    The upcoming hearing will center on several letters Sorg wrote to the accuser, who was a former student in her science class at Albany Middle School, in the early 1990s.

    Three people have said they had seen the letters in interview with Albany Police. Two are the accuser’s friends back in school years. The other is her father, Mr. Doe. Read the rest of this entry »

    Slideshow: Albany kids on bikes

    October 19th, 2008

    The pictures were taken at a bike event at Albany Saturday, by Linda (Linjun) Fan, and Peggy McQuaid of Albany Police Activity League.

    Biking gains popularity among Albany kids

    October 19th, 2008

    Three-year-old Zoe Zellentin rides her bike to preschool every weekday. She attended Albany’s bike rodeo Saturday, testing out her biking skills along a zig-zag path at the playground of Cornell Elementary. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    Several dozen kids in Albany put on their helmets and rode their bike to attend the bike event Saturday. Each of them went through a training session biking along a meandering path painted at the playground of Cornell. Read the rest of this entry »