FAAS clearly has big problems to solve

Are we not all adults? I have been following the saga of FAAS in the letters to the (biased) editor.

From cookie-cutter missives of loyal volunteers and ex-husbands, to those of ex-employees labeled pestilential, it seems that it is time to rise above the hyperbole, and solve the problems that so obviously exist.

The current situation, both sides can agree, is unacceptable, not to be solved solely by securing new facilities or by hiring "Stepfords."

You do not get that many people quitting or threatening to do so if there isn't something intrinsically wrong in how an institution is run. Take it from someone who owns multiple businesses -- I know.

I challenge the FAAS board of directors to step and do what a board of directors is relegated to do: direct and instruct. And remember in doing so that he purpose is to have no other agenda besides the welfare of the animals.

People need to park their egos and do right by the animals. If FAAS cannot do that, then perhaps it is time to replace FAAS with an organization that will do just that. Sign me up.

Gabriella Morrow

Thanks to all who've adopted classrooms

Thanks to our generous donors, the holidays will be a little brighter for eleven Alameda public school teachers and their students who were recipients of November and December's Alameda Education Foundation Adopt A Classroom presentations.


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The AAC program provides classroom teachers with $500 grants donated by community members to be used to enrich classroom learning experiences for their students. I would like to thank these donors:

The Casper/Iron & The Roemer/Buckner families; Linda Schowalter on behalf of Noel and Lily Hecht; the Seiberling family & Wells Fargo Foundation; Wellguard Insurance Solutions Inc.; the McConville, Murray-Phillips, Valle, Aced-Moina and Brune families; Alameda Kiwanis Foundation; Jensen and Cochran families and friends in memory of Helen Cochran; Karin and Neal Fox; the Keenan & Alessio family and Perforce Foundation; Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Michael Alessio; Perforce Foundation on behalf of employee Enrique Del Campo.

Teachers were adopted at Alameda High, Earhart, Edison, Franklin, Lincoln, Lum, Paden and Ruby Bridges schools. Since September, we have adopted 115 teachers, which equals $55,500 that has gone directly into the hands of classroom teachers.

Our goal for the 2013-2014 school year is 150 adoptions, and we are well on our way there. More information about the program may be found at www.AlamedaEducation.org.

Kathleen C. Woulfe

Adopt A Classroom Chair Alameda Education Foundation

Kudos to those who assisted fundraiser

On behalf of Perforce Software and the Perforce Foundation, I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank-you to the Alameda community for helping to make our Nov. 22 Short Stack for a Tall Cause fundraiser a resounding success.

We raised just more than $6,000 to support the Alameda Point Collaborative and the East Oakland Boxing Association. Nearly 300 Alamedans came out to eat a hot breakfast served by Cardel Catering and delicious pancakes flipped by the Alameda Fire Department.

The success of this event can be directly attributed to our Alameda community members who made the decision to show their support for these wonderful organizations. A sincere thank you to all who participated, volunteered, and donated to support this event and make it so much fun.

Carrie Ewing

VP of Operations Perforce Foundation

Last week's letters brightened up day

It was heartwarming to read the letter from Alameda High School Student Body President Peter Nguyen in the Dec. 20 letters to the editor section. His eloquent description of Alameda High's leadership program and the student body's enthusiasm for community service was the best holiday gift a citizen of Alameda could hope for. There are so many local agencies that need financial and volunteer support that I hope the students' dedication to their community will inspire others to give of themselves as admirably.

I also enjoyed Olive Quilter's letter commending the personal service provided by Versailles Pharmacy and Dan's Produce. I would add that there are many other local businesses that offer the combination of old-fashioned service and value that make Alameda such a friendly place to live.

JP Seafood, which shares space with Dan's Produce, is one of those, as are the local wine shops and everyone at the Alameda Marketplace. Encinal Hardware is another, Pagano's reputation for excellent service and value is legendary, and Iris at Thomsen's Garden Center is a font of knowledge and good humor. And we can't forget Tucker's Ice Cream.

Community-spirited, friendly and knowledgeable merchants like these make shopping locally a true pleasure. Thanks to the writers and the editor for brightening my day.

Nancy Brandt