Alameda’s newsstand at Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue has some new faces. And judging from the nice-size crowd picking up their Sunday papers from the pair on February 28, this is a welcome development.
Carlos Casteneda is now working there each day, and his wife Veronica drops by, too. They see lots of people stopping by to pay their respects to the former newsstand staffer Larry Trippy, who died February 9 of a heart attack at 60.
“I knew Larry for years,” said Carlos, who has worked for the “San Francisco Chronicle” as a deliveryman.
While Carlos knows that he can never replace Larry, he is eager to meet and great Alamedans with a warm smile and a kind spirit. And he plans to be at the newsstand seven days a week.
He and his wife live in Oakland.
Meanwhile, the outpouring of sentiment at the newsstand for Larry continues.