'Enterprise' author to speak on USS Hornet

The USS Hornet Museum will host a talk Saturday by Dr. Dave McKay, the author of "USS Enterprise CVN-65: The World's First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier."

During his presentation, McKay will share stories of the men who have served on the ship nicknamed the "Big E."

His talk will begin at 1 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

A general practitioner at the Helensburgh Medical Centre and Otago Community Hospital in New Zealand, McKay has been hosted by the U.S. Navy aboard the Enterprise four times since 1995.

The Hornet Band will also perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The USS Hornet Museum is at 707 W Hornet Ave. For information, visit www.uss-hornet.org or call 510-521-8448.

Coast Guard cutter back from deployment

The Coast Guard cutter Bertholf returned to its homeport of Alameda on Monday after a 140-day deployment off Central and South America, where the crew seized more than $183 million worth of illegal narcotics.

During the deployment, the Bertholf's crew detained a number of suspicious vessels and suspects, as well as the more than 12,000 pounds of illegal narcotics.

Crew members also took time from the patrol to volunteer at an assisted living facility in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they performed maintenance, upkeep and visited with residents, many of whom are elderly.


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The Bertholf, commanded by Capt. Mark Frankford, routinely conducts operations from South America to the Bering Sea, including domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, and anti-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations.

Encinal Yacht Club holding car, truck show

The Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda will host "Rolling Back The Ages," its first car and truck show, on Sept. 20, and the organizers are currently registering vehicles from 1973 and older.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature food, DJ and dance contest, a raffle and other activities. Registration is $25 with car staging taking place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Deadline for registration is Sept. 6.

For information, call Brooke Garcia at 408-391-0101 or e-mail brookegarcia@sbcglobal.net. The club is at 1251 Pacific Marina.

Development impact fees updated by city

The City Council has approved updates to the city's development impact fees. The updates will take effect Sept. 19.

The fees are what developers pay to help offset the impact that their project will have on the city's public facilities, such as parks, police and firefighters, and transportation. These fees are only charged to new development, not to existing residents and businesses.

Between now and 2040, new development is slated to pay $600 million in impact fees to construct capital facilities throughout the city and at Alameda Point., according to city officials.

A significant portion of development impact fees paid by residential developers will fund new and improved parks and athletic facilities.

The Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, Estuary Park Athletic Field Complex and the Alameda Point Sports Complex are among the projects.

The council approved the updates on July 1.

Police officer receives Medal of Merit

Alameda police Officer Eric Abenoja has received the department's Medal of Merit for his actions in helping revive an unresponsive infant.

Abenoja found the infant not breathing when he responded to an emergency call on May 13.

The officer began CPR by administering rescue breaths, which led the girl, who had a pulse, to begin breathing again.

Because the infant was unresponsive to sound or touch, Alameda firefighters brought her to Children's Hospital in Oakland, where she was treated and later released to her parents.

An investigation found no signs of abuse or neglect.

"Officer Abenoja's expeditious response to this call and immediate action, along with his ability to call upon his training in a stressful situation, make him worthy of this award," read a department announcement after a July 23 presentation ceremony.

OpenTable 'Top 100' list now includes Trabocco

Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails at Alameda South Shore Center has been named one of OpenTable's cq -- it's one word, apparently Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in the United States.

The list highlights eateries that contribute to the character of their local communities and celebrates places diners return to time and again.

"The winning restaurants on this list are in many ways the heart and soul of their neighborhoods, offering much more than delicious meals," OpenTable's Caroline Potter in a said.

Founded by Alameda residents Chef Giuseppe Naccarelli, a native of Palombaro, Italy, and his wife, Christine, Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails offers classic Italian cuisine emphasizes locally sourced and organic ingredients. The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday. For more information, go to www.trabocco.com.