June 30 deadline to file for parcel tax exemption

The deadline to file for an exemption from the Alameda Unified School District's Measure A parcel tax is June 30.

There are two types of exemptions. Under the senior citizen exemption, an applicant must turn age 65 on or before June 30, 2015 and must own and occupy his or her property as a primary residence. For the Supplemental Security Income exemption, the applicant must receive SSI and own and occupy the property as a primary residence.

Anyone who received an exemption in 2013-2014, remains a home's owner and still resides at the same address does not need to renew his or her exemption, because it will be automatically renewed. But anyone who has sold his or her home and purchased a new home, must refile for an exemption.

Revenues raised from the parcel tax help fund art, drama and music classes, as well as high school athletics and other school programs. Exemption forms are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the school district offices 2060 Challenger Drive.

For information, call the SCI Consulting Group at 800-273-5167. Forms are also available through the office.

Rosenblum Cellars moving to Jack London

Rosenblum Cellars winery announced it will move its East Bay Visitors Center from Alameda to Oakland's Jack London Square in June.


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"Rosenblum is proud of and committed to its roots in the urban East Bay, Alameda and Oakland area," the company's Brigid Harris said. "More than half of Rosenblum's loyal wine club members live locally and visit regularly to sample and buy wines, so finding a new location in the East Bay was a top priority."

Rosenblum Cellars will open in Oakland as soon as its lease expires in Alameda. Grand Opening events are planned for July. Last October, Rosenblum opened a wine tasting lounge on the square in Healdsburg.

Rosenblum Cellars was founded in 1978, with a focus on the Zinfandel varietal and a smaller production of Rhone style wines. It is produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, which is part of Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company.

Police identify woman killed on Otis Drive

Police identified a woman who was struck and killed by a minivan as she was crossing a street early the morning of April 9 as Carol Weston, 64, of Alameda.

Weston was trying to cross four lanes of traffic in the 2200 block of Otis Drive near Alameda South Shore Center when she was struck about 4:52 a.m., police said.

Weston, who was not in a crosswalk, had made it through two westbound lanes and was in the far right eastbound lane when she was hit. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A radio, CD player and earbuds were found at the scene, and investigators are reviewing whether Weston was using the items at the time of the collision, police said. The 53-year-old man who was driving the 1998 Plymouth Voyager stopped and cooperated with police.

Otis Drive was closed in both directions from the Park Street intersection to Willow Street as officers investigated the incident. The street was reopened about 10:25 a.m. The collision remains under investigation, police said.

USS Hornet to take part in assessment program

The USS Hornet museum will participate in an outside assessment aimed at strengthening its programs and enhancing communication among its staff.

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds the program, which is administered by the American Association of Museums. As part of the program, the USS Hornet staff will be provided with an on-site consultation, and they will take part in an organizational assessment, which will emphasize strategic planning and aligning operations and resources with the museum's mission statement.

The aircraft carrier has served as a nonprofit floating museum at Alameda Point for more than 15 years. The ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3. For information, go to www.uss-hornet.org or call 510-521-8448.