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Alameda: Father's Day fun in 'Jam at Neptune Beach'

The "Jam at Neptune Beach" was held on Webster Street this past weekend, attracting crowds that rode the Ferris wheel and giant slide, listened to two stages of live entertainment and lined up at the new food truck pavilion. 
The Elworthy property, 232 acres of grassy hillsides, oak woodlands and gorgeous views of Mount Diablo and the San Ramon Valley, will officially open July 15. The property provides a key link between Las Trampas and Danville, allowing hikers a new way to reach one of the East Bay Regional Park District's largest and most rugged parks. The property also provides important habitat for native species, including golden eagles.  
To quote a lyric from Johnny Cash, Cuba is suddenly "hotter than a pepper sprout" on the world travel stage with U.S. travel to Cuba jumping 39 percent this year.  
Cindy Houts, of Alameda, was executive director of the county's Meals on Wheels for seven years. In that role, she had overall strategic, financial, and operational responsibility for staff, activities, expansion, and execution of the mission.  
Mayor's Fourth of July Race. The Mayor's annual pre-parade race is a 5K run or walk through Alameda to benefit the Midway Shelter for Women and Children.  
When dogs are off leash, they are able to properly distance themselves from things that scare them. When dogs are on leash and can't get away, they may react or behave defensively.  
Approximately 80 percent of the citations were for pedestrian violations, police said. Additional citations were issued for distracted driving and excessive speed.  
Firefighters at 1:56 p.m. June 27 went to a house in the 1600 block of Paru Street after hearing a report of smoke coming from its roof, Capt. James Colburn said. They found a fire in the attic of the one-story home and controlled it within 20 minutes, he said. Damage was limited to the attic and goods stored there, Colburn said.  
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Alameda Health System was slow to alert its board and county supervisors of its worsening plight, and taking over money-losing San Leandro Hospital made things worse, an Alameda County civil grand jury concluded.  
The new 9,000-square-foot Fire Station 3 will replace the existing station on Grand Street and house one engine company. The emergency center will be a two-story, 3,500-square-foot facility where first responders and others will gather after an earthquake or other major disaster. Both buildings are expected to be open in about a year.  
(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
Five delicious noshes for that picnic basket

Ready to dine al fresco? Picnic cocktails, addictive fried chicken and tasty salads add up to a quintet of delicious treats for your outdoor feast.