Alameda High concert to feature local bands

Local independent rock band Finish Ticket will headline Alameda High School's "Spring Fest" Friday night at Kofman Auditorium in Historic Alameda High School. Proceeds will benefit the school.

The band is made up of Michael and Brendan Hoye and Alex DiDonato, who graduated from the school in 2010. Their new album is "Tears You Apart." Also performing will be Eager Eyes, featuring Chris Maiers and Stephen Rhodes, who graduated last year. Other school bands will also play.

Kofman Auditorium is located at 2200 Central Ave. The event will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets at the door are $15, and the concert is open to the public.

Island student headed for Army's West Point

Alameda High School senior Karl Bliven has accepted a presidential appointment to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Bliven will report to West Point on July 1 for six weeks of orientation, also called "Beast Barracks." In August, Bliven will begin four years of classes and training that will culminate with an undergraduate degree and a commission to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Bliven served as kicker on Alameda High's varsity football team, captain and starting defender of the men's soccer team and serves as treasurer of the senior class. He also represented the city at California Boys State in 2012, and is active as a youth soccer coach and referee.


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Bliven is the son of Kathy and Matt Bliven, of Alameda.

Pinball machine exhibit is coming to City Hall

City Hall will host an exhibit from the Pacific Pinball Museum beginning Tuesday, when five pinball machines will be on display through July 1.

The public can also play the machines for free between noon and 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The five machines from the 1970s include the Bally Fireball, the Williams Gulfstream and the Gottlieb Pro Football.

The museum's "Lil' Ju Ju," a trailer with five additional machines, will launch the exhibit from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday outside City Hall. The museum at 1510 Webster St. has more than 800 machines. For information, call 510-769-1349, send email to info@pacificpinball.org or go to www.pacificpinball.org.

Traffic changes near Encinal High proposed

The Alameda police, the city's Public Works Department and the Alameda Unified School District will host a community meeting to discuss possible changes to the intersection of Third Street and Central and Taylor avenues.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Encinal High School cafeteria, 210 Central Ave.

The changes include closing Taylor Avenue to allow only right turns onto Third Street; removing parking spaces on Taylor Avenue and Fourth Street; converting Taylor Avenue to a one-way street toward Encinal High School; and restricting left turns from Central Avenue onto Third Street toward Santa Clara Avenue during student arrival and dismissal.

Other changes include possibly installing a pedestrian signal for the Central Avenue crosswalk at the school. The aim is to improve student drop-offs and pickups.

People who cannot attend the meeting can submit written comments by 5 p.m. June 6 to Alan Ta, assistant engineer, at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Square, Room 110, Alameda, CA 94501. Comments can also be e-mailed to ata@ci.alameda.ca.us.

The city's Transportation Commission will review the recommended options on July 24. For information, call 510-747-7946 or go to http://alamedaca.gov/public-works/central-third-and-taylor-intersection-project.

City's Fire Department receives federal grant

The Alameda Fire Department has received $161,368 from the Department of Homeland Security to buy equipment for Emergency Medical Services training and for exercise equipment.

The grant will help provide an in-house emergency training curriculum that lets firefighters teach and practice skills, according to the department. It will also pay for specialized exercise equipment that will let firefighters simulate the movements they perform on the job.

Alameda firefighters are required to perform 90 minutes of cardio and strength training during each shift. During the past 10 years the fire department has received more than $5.6 million in federal money.

Library offers amnesty with "Food for Fines"

As part of the Alameda Free Library's summer theme "Reading is So Delicious," it will offer a fine amnesty between June 8 and July 8.

During the amnesty, anyone with an Alameda library card can have their fines waived in exchange for donating nonperishable boxed or canned food, which the library will give to the Alameda Food Bank.

Food items must be brought to a checkout desk at any of the three branches. There is no minimum food donation requirement or limit to the amount of overdue fines that can be waived.

Fines will not be waived, however, for any accrued collection or lost-material fees. A list of accepted food items can be viewed at http://alamedaca.gov/library/food-fines or at any branch.