Harbor Bay proposal out of the question

Move the Harbor Bay Club to a business park? Build 80 homes on Packet Landing Road in its place? For Ron Cowan to suggest he wants to do so for any reason other than personal financial gain is an insult to the intelligence of Harbor Bay residents and club members alike.

Everyone on Harbor Bay know the adverse impact increased traffic from more homes would cause, which is why Cowan's already been turned down twice. But to build 80 homes at the end of a dead-end block that is the only ingress and egress for 200 homes and an elementary school is his worst idea yet.

From my windows overlooking Packet Landing, I watch work and school rush hour traffic create a parking lot of cars weekday mornings, all of them a threat to young children. Adding more than 100 cars to that mix is unthinkable.

Further, to move the club to a business park benefits no one. The specialness of the club is its location. On the waterfront overlooking the Bay, surrounded by mature trees, it provides an oasis of beauty, peace and quiet in a hectic world. So why move a health club to the end of Oakland airport runways, exposing everyone to jet fuel fumes and the horrific noise of jets taking off overhead?

Get real. Ron Cowan's proposal may benefit him, but for everyone else it would be a sad loss.

Marilyn Moffitt

Thanks for backing Neptune Beach

What a fabulous time was had by all who attended the second annual Neptune Beach Community Celebration on historic Webster Street, presented by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.

The huge success of our event was due in large to the wonderful support of our sponsors and loyal chamber members: Alameda Landing, Tim Lewis Communities, Alameda Municipal Power, Bay Ship & Yacht Co., Alameda County Industries, First Community Bank, East Bay MUD, Comcast, Trans Pacific National Bank, The City of Alameda and the Alameda Sun.

As always, an event of this magnitude would not be possible without our chamber members and local volunteer organizations stepping up to assist. The following groups filled the more than 98 volunteer positions needed to make our event a success: Alameda Elks BPOE 1015, Bank of Alameda, Gallagher & Lindsey, Kane & Associates, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, Mastick Senior Center, and our own Alameda Chamber of Commerce board of directors and ambassadors. Local youth groups also assisted in setting up the event and managing the bike parking area -- thank you, Key Club (Kiwanis) and Interact Club (Rotary).

Others we would like to thank for generously donating their time and space include Sam Koka (SK Auto), Carrie Wright (ACI) for our electric "wheels," Mike Delucchi and Sherilyn Escoto (Trans Pacific Bank) for our ice parking, Joe Dalipe (Island City Express) for his muscle, Jeff Farrar (Taylor Street Lot) and Maryam Holder (US Bank) for their parking lots, and to the fabulous team of Dawna Dowdell and Oscar Flores (Bank of Alameda) for managing our receipts both days.

Our gratitude is also extended to Interim Police Chief Paul Rolleri for helping with security for our event with Lt. Rob Frankland organizing Officers John Kaanehe, Rich Soto, Jarrod Suth and Mike Gandara for special enforcement during our event.

Our final thanks goes to you, our Alameda community, who came out in the heat to support the West End business district, enjoy the music, fine wines from R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Winery and Rosenblum Cellars, have a bite to eat and let their children relive the excitement of the Neptune Beach era. We greatly appreciate your support.

Kari Thompson and Mark Sorensen

president and executive director, Alameda Chamber of Commerce

New fast-food stops likely not to succeed

I rather doubt a fast-food restaurant open extended hours will do very well in a city that has so little night life, especially on a street that has several fast-food establishments that often appear to be struggling already when I pass them, and we all know that unsuccessful businesses don't remain open very long as a rule.

Ken Hensley

School supply drive help is appreciated

I'd like to thank the community for supporting the Equipped 4 Success community wide school supply drive. Thanks to our generous community, 1,000 Alameda public school students were able to start the school year on the right foot with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

Equipped 4 Success was sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation; the Alameda Unified School District; the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families; the Alameda Point Collaborative; the Alameda Boys and Girls Club; Alameda Head Start and Girls Inc. of the Island City.

In addition to our community partners, the foundation would like to thank the following for their generous support: Supervisor Wilma Chan, Alameda South Shore Center, Alameda Office Max, Alameda Rotary Club, Alameda Kiwanis Club, Harbor Bay Club, Alameda Chamber of Commerce, Alameda Social Club, Kaiser Permanente Imaging Group (Oakland), Park Street Business Association, The Family Giving Tree, Christ Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Twin Towers Lutheran Church, Miriam Schiffman, Alameda Police Managers Association, Peter's Kettle Corn, the many local businesses and organizations that hosted donation bins (including Alameda Municipal Power, Alameda Police Department, Bank of Alameda. Coffee & Tea Traders, Financial Benefits Credit Union, Harbor Bay Club, Lilac Boutique, Main Library, Towne Cleaners, Tucker's Ice Cream and Lincoln Middle School), the many generous individuals who made donations of funds and supplies, Jim Franz from ACCYF, Luana Espana from the Alameda Point Collaborative, and Thelma Garvey from Alameda Head Start. We know there are many others who made this drive a success who may not be mentioned here. Thank you all.

More information on the drive may be found on the Foundation website at www.AlamedaEducation.org. Photos may be found on the Foundation's Facebook page at Facebook.com/AlamedaEducationFoundation.

Bill Sonneman

president, Alameda Education Foundation