The BART board of directors will take up a policy at its meeting Thursday to charge between $7 and $30 on an event-by-event basis, BART officials said.  
 
At the end of the event, Liam Foster -- a ninth-grader at ACLC -- stood on stage as Alameda's top speller. Hazel Purins, last year's winner, came in second. "This is my first time to compete at a spelling bee," Liam said. "I like spelling a lot, because I like reading. It seemed like it would be fun to do, and I didn't expect to win."  
 
Under the calendar, which the board approved 5-0, the first day of school is Aug. 22, 2016. The last day of school is June 8, 2017. There will be no school during Thanksgiving week, and the winter break is from Dec. 21, 2016 to Jan. 6, 2017. Spring break is from April 3-7, 2017.  
 
Restaurant in a converted Victorian would be located on Santa Clara Avenue, while Bank of Marin is proposed for Alameda South Shore Center.  
 
"Current research shows that full-day kindergarten programs help close the achievement gaps between children from different backgrounds," Superintendent Sean McPhetridge said. "The research also shows that these programs confer significant social, emotional, and academic benefits on all kindergartners."  
 
The revamped Alameda warehouse that houses Rhythmix Cultural Works opened in 2007 after extensive remodels, including a beautiful upstairs theater with a vaulted wood ceiling and spacious areas downstairs to exhibit art. RCW fields art from around the world with an eclectic mix of classes in everything from American tribal belly dance and Congolese moves to special performances -- and lots of fun things for kids, too.  
 
Limiting imposing rent increases to once a year and requiring landlords to help pay a tenant's moving expenses under some evictions among the provisions of proposed city ordinance  
 
The Sausal Creek watershed, one of nine major creeks in Oakland, runs through the center of the city. The green, peaceful and idyllic trails, such as in Dimond Canyon Park, feel miles away from the bustle and concrete of an urban city.  
 
In 2014, Josh Morgan was part of the first Artemis duo to qualify a boat for USRowing Youth National Championships. And Christine Hovermale helped deliver an Artemis boat to a fourth-place finish at the 2015 youth nationals. In addition to their rowing successes, the two athletes, both seniors at their respective schools -- Hovermale at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High in Alameda and Morgan at Oakland's College Preparatory -- have exhibited prowess in the classroom.  
 
The oil glut that has brought pain to the petroleum industry is putting smiles on motorists' faces for a change when they fuel up.  
 
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7