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Alameda Elections 2010: Preliminary Results Coming In

The Alameda County Registrar’s count of mail-in ballots and about half of the Island’s precincts shows Marie Gilmore well ahead of Frank Matarrase, Doug DeHaan and other candidates in the mayoral race.

The City Council, however, is a much tighter race with Rob Bonta in the lead. Lena Tam and Beverly Johnson are (somewhat ironically) neck in neck for the second slot, and Jean Sweeney not too far behind.

The school board slots are tilting toward incumbent Mike Mcmahon and Margie Sherratt.

It’s still early, of course, and the county registrar’s website is being overloaded at times — so we’ll have to be patient.

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Alameda Beach Needs Volunteers on Sept. 25

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It’s time for a day at the beach – without the swimsuits and towels.

Alameda Public Works Department is hosting the 26th-annual Coastal Cleanup Day at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach this Saturday, September 25. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon and are asked to bring their own work gloves and trash containers, if possible.

“We will provide plastic gloves and bags, if needed, but we would like community members to bring their own supplies and reusable supplies are better,” Kerry Parker, program specialist for the department. “We don’t want to be dumping any plastic while we’re collecting it.”

Public Works is working with Alameda County Industries, East Bay Regional Parks District, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department and other organizations to make the morning cleanup of Crown Beach a success. Last year, more than 500 volunteers picked up about 1,200 pounds of trash.

Matson, the Oakland-based shipping company, has volunteered to clean up another area of the Island. The firm says it should have more than 70 volunteers, including its president and members of a local Girl Scout troop, at the event.

“We really want to get rid of the small plastic items that look like food for birds, but can harm Bay Area marine and wildlife,” Parker said. “It’s important to pick up all the cigarette butts, too, since they don’t break down.”

“It’s remarkable – all the plastic that we pick up,” she explained. “And we encourage people to reduce how much of it they use, since this will cut down on how much ends up in the Bay and in the plastic vortex, or garbage patch, out in the Pacific Ocean.”

Parker says that children 6 years and up are invited to participate in the event, and all cleanup volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and hats. Most volunteers will work in the main area of Crown Beach on Shoreline, though a small group will clean up the adjacent bird sanctuary.

To keep track of all the volunteers and the garbage that’s collected, city residents need to register before the event begins and should get to the beach a few minutes before 9 a.m., if possible.

“It should be a beautiful morning cleanup, and we expect nice weather,” she said.

Thanks to the East Bay Regional Parks for the photo.

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Alameda Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off Entries Due Next Friday

The 11th annual Alameda Kiwanis Club Chili Cook-Off is set for 5:30-10 p.m., Saturday, January 23, at the Al DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Red Line Ave., in Alameda Point.

You can come to the event as a cook-off contestant, judge the chili samples, or just attend and support the crowd of tasters and revelers. All those attending as encouraged to dress “western.”

The event includes a barbeque, raffle (for prizes of $250, $500 and $1,000), no-host bar and silent auction. There’s also dancing and a kids’ area for children three to seven years old.

Tickets are $50 for all individuals age 7 and up; kids under age 7 get in free.

Those entering the chili cook-off for $25 get two tickets as part of their entry. Plus, those in the cook-off can buy a third entry ticket for $25. Registration for cook-off entries ends next Friday, January 15, and the forms can be completed online.

The Kiwanis Club says that all proceeds will go to charity.

Past winners include members of the Alameda Firefighters Association, the Alameda Food Bank and the Alameda Education Foundation.