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West End Once Served As Magnet for Bathers – Part 2

Despite going bankrupt and being auctioned off over 80 years ago, Neptune Beach lives on in Alameda's memories and legends. Dennis Evanosky shares the history behind the magical park—its predecessors, glory days, and unfortunate end.

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›› Ken Der,
May 22, 2024
Amidst a sea of multimillion-dollar homes, a single 10,130-square-foot lot is for sale on Grand Street for only $400,000. "There is just one complicating factor: 610 Grand Street is under water," explains Ken Der as he dives deeply into this peculiar property.
›› Post Staff Reporting,
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Alameda Community Learning Center graduate Jackie Campion has been awarded a $6,000 eQuality Scholarship in recognition of her service to the LGBTQ+ community during her high school years. Campion will attend UC Berkeley in the fall.
›› Adam Gillitt,
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›› Karin K. Jensen,
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›› Post Staff Reporting,
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In the beautiful sunshine on May 21, the Rotary Club held its weekly meeting at the Rotary Club of Alameda Pavilion at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. At the meeting, the Club awarded matching grants to 11 Alameda nonprofit organizations to support their important contributions to our community.
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›› Gene Kahane,
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›› Joyce Mercado,
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Alameda Opinions

›› Brice,
May 23, 2024
The saga of the runaway egg continues in this installment of our weekly cartoon drawn by Alameda native, Brice.
›› Post Staff Reporting,
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In this week's Letters to the Editor, a reader responds to a recent Alameda Post article on outdoor cats, and State Assembly District 18 candidate Andre Sandford delivers a statement on his platform and campaign.
›› Brice,
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›› Annie Wilson,
May 10, 2024
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Alameda History

›› Dennis Evanosky,
May 22, 2024
Despite going bankrupt and being auctioned off over 80 years ago, Neptune Beach lives on in Alameda's memories and legends. Dennis Evanosky shares the history behind the magical park—its predecessors, glory days, and unfortunate end.
›› Steve Gorman,
May 16, 2024
Beautiful Alameda homes—and those that have seen better days—each have stories to tell. Steve Gorman digs into the history behind 2413 Buena Vista Avenue and, in Part 1, he uncovers the scandalous 1894 affair that made newspaper headlines.
›› Dennis Evanosky ,
May 15, 2024
In the late 19th century, Alameda boasted an astonishing number of privately owned "baths" that served customers looking for a convenient and luxurious dip in the cool ocean water. Dennis Evanosky catalogs the many bath facilities that drew bathers to the West End before Neptune Beach opened.
›› Dennis Evanosky,
May 1, 2024
Grand Street presents a textbook of the architectural styles that makes Alameda so attractive, but none of them are “Victorians.” Dennis Evanosky discusses some of the early land transactions in Alameda—and the beautiful evidence we have today of gifted architects.
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