Alameda Firefighters Toy Program runs gift-cards fundraiser

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The 2020 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program (AFTP) is struggling with the many issues that have impacted all of our lives because of COVID-19. In past years, the AFTP collected and distributed toys and gift cards to more than 800 Alameda children and youth, and organizers remain committed to assuring that Alameda’s lowest-income families can provide holiday toys and gifts for their children.

To do that the programs need the public’s help with contributions to the AFTP through its GoFundMe online campaign at charity.gofundme.com/AlamedaFirefightersToyProgram or by mailing a check made out to the Alameda Firefighters Toy Program to AFTP, P.O. Box 6523, Alameda, CA 94501.

Health and safety protocols necessitated by COVID-19 make it impossible for AFTP organizers to collect, sort and distribute toys donated from the community as they’ve done in the past. For 2020, they’ve reinvented the AFTP to include safe distribution of gift cards. Alameda residents who participate in the following programs and services are invited to complete an online registration: Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Head Start, Woodstock Child Development Center and residents of Alameda Point Collaborative and Alameda Housing Authority.

It is expected that the need this year will exceed the number of children and youth who have participated in previous years. With the public’s help, organizers plan to serve up to 1,500 children and youth, nearly twice the number they served last year. For more information, email [email protected]

Construction to start on Otis Drive improvement project

The city of Alameda’s Otis Drive Traffic Calming and Safety Improvements Project will begin construction Nov. 30 between Westline Drive and Willow Street.

Construction is estimated to be completed in early 2021. The project will convert Otis Drive from a four-lane street to three lanes, with one lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The project will add bike lanes, update crosswalks and improve safety for all modes of transportation. The project will also improve operations and safety of the AC Transit bus lines by moving the bus stops from the near side to the far side of intersections, providing Americans with Disability Act (ADA) improvements and removing low-ridership bus stops.

Construction work hours are restricted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor will place “No Parking” signs 72-hours in advance of when the work will begin and parking restrictions will become effective. Bus stop access and access to individual driveways will be maintained throughout the project. The contractor will work to keep one lane of traffic open in each direction at all times, but motorists and residents may experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of on-street parking, an increase in noise levels and dust during construction. For more information about this project, visit bayareane.ws/3kG6QIh online.

— city of Alameda

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