Hitchcock classic will play on El Cerrito big screen


The next Cerrito Classic screening will be director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller “Dial M for Murder” (the original trailer is above) starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito.
The showing of the suspenseful film about an ex-tennis pro who carries out a plot to murder his wife is co-hosted by the Friends of the Cerrito Theater. Advance tickets are available at rialtocinemas.com or picked up at the box office. Details: 510-273-9102.
Below is a compilation of the master director’s cameos in his films, but don’t watch it if you want to find Sir Alfred during “Dial M for Murder” screening.


Overnight ramp, lane closures by Caltrans in Hercules

Another round of work is planned Wednesday evening by Caltrans that will close the westbound Highway 4 connecter and the eastbound Interstate 80 Willow Avenue on-ramp.
The connector will close from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge deck repair. Caltrans recommends the following detour: Take the eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue off-ramp. Turn right on Willow Avenue. Turn left onto the westbound I-80 on-ramp and continue on westbound I-80.
The eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue on-ramp will also be closed at 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.
As part of its eastbound I-80 HOV lane extension project, August 31, Caltrans will close the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 from Highway 4 to the Crockett off-ramp from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.


Update on the Carlson Boulevard project in the Richmond Annex

The center of the boulevard is being compacted and readied for paving and median installation that will include landscaping and an irrigation system.

The latest word on the completion of work on Carlson Boulevard is the final line on the subject in the City Manager’s report for Aug. 12-19: The project is expected to be “substantially complete by the end of September.”
Here’s the latest update:

Final grading of Carlson Boulevard is nearing completion this week. Cement treating the existing subgrade is set to begin the middle of next week. The cement treating operation involves the use of specialized equipment to apply and mix cement powder into the existing soil to stabilize and harden the subgrade. Following a watering/curing period, the median curbs will be placed, and of new asphalt will be placed over the new subgrade. Because this project is almost a mile long, this operation will allow the City to reduce the amount of asphalt by over 4,000 tons. As previously reported, the result is a net savings to the City of over $100,000 which has been earmarked for a new irrigation pipeline for the median and the beginning of previously un-funded landscaping. The Carlson Boulevard project is
currently scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of September.

Crews work on Carlson Boulevard at Columbia Avenue last week.


Albany and El Cerrito were dancing and having fun in the street Sunday at the first “Al Berrito”

A young chess player makes his move.

Several hundred Albanians and El Cerritans got together Sunday for the first-ever outdoor recreational gathering shared by the two neighboring cities.
For three hours the blocks on Ashbury Avenue (El Cerrito) and Key Route Boulevard (Albany) between A Street and Thousand Oaks Boulevard were “closed to traffic, for fun,” as residents took to the wide street and median for games, music, live entertainment, picnicking, dancing and other activities.
Even the weather cooperated, providing clear and sunny skies.
The line between the two cities was marked by a chalk drawing on the street depicting Cerrito Creek.

A slackline from Bridges Rock Gym in El Cerrito was set up for demonstrations and attempts by the adventurous.

A lower slackline was there for those who were curious but less adventurous.

A teacher leads Zumba dancers of all ages.

A rapt audience watches an afternoon magic show on the median lawn.


Former El Cerrito supermarket being readied for a new use

We peeked into the closed Safeway at the Moeser Lane center in El Cerrito on Sunday and managed to take a couple of pictures with our phone before one of the guys clearing the place out told us “no pictures” and chased us out.
Fixtures and other odds and ends that were left in the store were sold off at an online auction Aug. 23 and most of the rest is going into a trash bin in the parking lot.
The recurring rumor at neighboring businesses is that a fitness facility is considering the 24,000-foot-space.


You never know what you’ll find at the El Cerrito Recycling Center (or “One man’s trash is another man’s blog post”)

A World War II-era road map discovered at the El Cerrito Recycling Center. Maps were rare both because of the paper shortage and gasoline and tire rationing that limited all but necessary travel ("Is this trip really necessary?") The person who collected these had high priority employment.

I’ve found a lot of cool items at the El Cerrito Recycling Center over the years, usually at the book exchange area. But the best was a box of 36 road maps a guy was about to dump into the paper recycling bin, all from the 1930s and ’40s. I asked if I could have them and he gladly handed them over. The ones from the war era, like the one pictured, were marked with a note that “All points of military interest have been removed voluntarily from this map and index.”


Historic ship will NOT weigh anchor Thursday for trip from Richmond to dry dock in S.F.

On Nov. 9, 1944, the 455-foot long ship S.S. Red Oak Victory, one of 747 World War II crafts built in the Kaiser shipyards, ship was launched in Richmond. The historic ship is being towed to dry dock in San Francisco next week to refurbish its hull. (Photo courtesy of the Richmond Museum of History)

UPDATE: Everything below has changed. We learned just now that the move of the SS Red Oak Victory has been postponed

The SS Red Oak Victory closed to the public on Friday and leaves the Port of Richmond next week. The historic ship, taken out of service and mothballed decades ago, isn’t sailing into the sunset, but being towed into dry dock for major work that will mean its rebirth as a functioning vessel.
A $700,000 federal grant and local donations of cash and services are enabling the project that will make the Red Oak seaworthy once more.
Work will include cleaning, repairing and painting the hull and plans are to have the ship back in Richmond and open for tours around Oct. 8.
The official welcome celebration will be at the Home Front Festival on Oct. 15.

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Work will close Richmond Plunge for nine days

Visitors line the pool during the reopening ceremony for the Richmond Municipal Natatorium, better known as the Richmond Plunge, in Point Richmond in this Aug.14, 2010 photo by Dean Coppola of the West County staff.

The Richmond Plunge will be unavailable to swimmers for more than a week starting Monday, the city has announced.

The historic indoor swimming facility in Point Richmond is scheduled to be closed Aug. 29 to Sept. 9 for installation of new equipment.

The Richmond Swim Center at South 45th Street remains open.





Richmond moving ahead on Pt. Molate

Months after the death knell sounded for the glitzy casino-hotel resort on Richmond’s Point Molate waterfront, the city is hoping to persue other options for the land.

The city’s contract with developer Upstream Point Molate included a 120-day window for Upstream to come up with a new proposal should the City Council reject the casino project (which they did).

Well it’s been about 120 days, and on August 16, the city filed a complaint in Contra Costa County Superior Court seeking confirmation that Richmond can persue other options with the land.

Upstream has paid the city $15 million of the $50 million cost for the land and is making $90,000 monthly payments to the city.

The city attorney’s office did not return calls for comment.

h/t pointrichmond.com