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All Kids A-OK After Fire at Alameda Day-Care Center

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Staff and kids from Marva’s Happy Town child-care center in the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue are all safe and sound after a blaze led to center’s evacuation at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

Seven kids, including one infant, had their afternoon naps interrupted, shared Marva Lyons.

“It’s a good thing we had fire drills!” she said. “It sure helped. Some of the kids were in a deep sleep. But they started running to get their shoes as soon as I woke them up.”

The children, most of whom are toddlers, waited patiently while firemen in five firetrucks arrived to put out the blaze, which started in the attic and spread quickly throughout the home, which houses the day-care center.

The kids spent a few minutes out on the sidewalk watching the action. Then, when the rain started, they moved into the living room of a nearby condo. Neighbors, including staff from Cliff’s Volvo shop across the street, shared blankets, crackers and other items with the kids, before their parents picked them up.

“We’re so grateful to everyone for their help,” Lyons said.

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Join the Haunted Food Drive!

For trick-or-treaters looking to experience an encounter with a very special Halloween spirit, Alameda resident Lois Baptiste has “the” spot in town: the Alameda Food Bank barrel at 908 Lincoln Avenue, between Wood and Ninth streets.

This is a critical time for many families on the Island, and Baptiste will reward generous trick-or-treaters who stop by from 4 to 8 p.m. with some special goodies.

The food bank says these items are most needed: cans of beef stew, fruit, chili with beef, tuna and corn, as well as one-pound bags of rice.

Other drop-off points include the Alameda Free Library Main Branch, Alameda Marketplace, Bank of Alameda on Park Street, and Color Me Mine at Alameda Town Centre.

The Alameda Food Bank gives food to low-income Alamedans throughout the year and says it is “woefully short” on turkeys for Thanksgiving. To donate a turkey, call 510-523-5850.

And thanks to all the ghosts and goblins who donate on Halloween and during the holidays.