EBRPD makes arrest, Alameda’s newest park, help the Hornet, and local shopportunities!
Arrest made in 2020 Donald Stanifer murder investigation
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) Police Department has announced an arrest for the July 2020 murder of Alameda resident Donald Stanifer (pictured).
Ezekiel Akil Espinoza was arrested November 18 on a no-bail felony warrant as an accessory to the murder. Stanifer’s body was found in Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland hills. This arrest is in addition to two other suspects who were arrested in May 2021 and are being charged with murder and accessory to murder.
EBRPD Detectives and Officers completed hundreds of hours of investigation, interviews, and follow-up since the murder. “Our hearts go out to Donald’s family, friends, and the entire community of Alameda,” the EPRPD said in a news release. “We would like to thank our partners in the Alameda County District Attorney Investigator’s office and Oakland Police Department for their time, effort, and resources put towards assisting EBRPD with this arrest.”
The EBRPD Police Department continues to urge any community members with information about the murder of Donald Stanifer to call their Investigations Unit at 510-690-6521.
Alameda’s newest park, Bohol Circle Immigrant Park, is also a pier
Looking for a great new spot to watch the Lighted Yacht Parade this Saturday, December 3? Check out Alameda’s new park on a pier!
Bohol Circle Immigrant Park, 901 Fifth St., is at the very end Fifth Street, past Target, on the estuary. It has a playground, picnic area, fish cleaning station, dock for non-motorized watercraft, large open area for events, fitness equipment, connection with the San Francisco Bay Trail, and seating along the public water promenade.
Stay tuned for more info on the grand opening celebration in January, but don’t wait until then to enjoy Alameda’s newest park.
The USS Hornet, our last remaining ship in Alameda—and our local Sea, Air, and Space Museum—needs help to upgrade their computer system in order to improve our visiting experience. Your tax-deductible donation will allow the Hornet to offer shorter lines, faster check-in, and more time to enjoy all the wonderful exhibits and tours.
Donations can be made online at the USS Hornet website.
The Hornet also will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala, featuring the 3 O’Clock Jump swing band, a silent auction, food and drink, and a midnight countdown. The classic swing band plays songs made famous by Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Harry James.
Tickets for the event, on Saturday, December 31, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., may be purchased online. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Museum Education Department.
Shop and Bar Hop at Spirits Alley
Why just shop when you can bar hop at the same time? Head over to Spirits Alley on Alameda Point on Saturday, December 11, for the free event from noon to 5 p.m.
More than 45 makers will offer a variety of handmade goods, from jewelry and knitted items to home décor, including metalworking, prints, soap, paintings, candles, and more. This is a family event, but adults over 21 may purchase and consume drinks while shopping.
Locations include Faction Brewing, 2501 Monarch St.; Building 43 Winery, 2440 Monarch St.; and Dashe Cellars & Urban Legend Winery, 1951 Monarch Street Hangar 25. If you are 21 or older and choose to drink, please drink responsibly.
Shop local and get free Alameda swag
Shop at local Alameda businesses from now to December 25 and participating retailers will offer a Thank You gift with each purchase. After shopping, enter the City’s giveaway for a collectible token and other fun Alameda goodies. Once the campaign closes, you will be contacted with dates and times to pick up your keychain and collectible token, plus other fun Alameda swag.
Our local businesses provide income and jobs for local residents, and are an integral part of our economy. For every dollar we spend locally, 67 cents remain in Alameda.
Another great way to spend local is by using local gift cards, good at many locations all over the island. The City’s Alameda-only gift cards are perfect for holiday gift-giving.