In brief: Albany Local Week to support businesses starts Saturday


While state and county shelter-in place orders remains in effect and physical distancing is still critical, Albany Local Week is an opportunity to celebrate and support the amazing businesses in Albany for an entire week this coming Oct. 17-24.

The city’s Recreation & Community Services Department is challenging residents to see how much they can do, shop, eat and play while practicing physical distance within Albany’s square mile. Keep track of your Albany activities Oct. 17-24 and log your progress on the official Albany Local Week Bingo Card. Submit your card by Oct. 28 for a chance to win a gift certificate to Solano Avenue stores. Every submission will win Albany swag.

Tally up your points, take a picture and email your completed card to [email protected] or drop it off at Five Little Monkeys (1240 Solano Ave) during the store’s hours. Be safe as you compete to become an Albany Local Week bingo champion and support local businesses by remembering to keep physical distance and wear a face covering.

— city of Albany

Police arrest suspect in two recent groping incidents

Officers in Albany have arrested a man in connection with two recent groping incidents, police reported Oct. 7. Gholamrez Yaghobi, 53, was arrested in connection with the incidents that occurred Sept. 29 and Oct. 4, according to the Albany Police Department. Yaghobi allegedly approached both victims in a public setting, made a brief comment about them and touched their breasts, police said. Following his arrest, Yaghobi groped a female probation officer as he was booked, police said.

— Bay City News


McGee Avenue Baptist Church Extends food program

McGee Avenue Baptist Church has been in Berkeley for 102 years, organizing the community, voter registration drives, back-to-school celebrations and, perhaps most importantly, providing a free food program that has been in operation since 1982. In 2019, the food program served about 14,000 meals, and since March the church has added two evening meals, averaging about 80 extra meals a week.

The food program’s cost has been subsidized for many years by small regular grants from the city of Berkeley. The church has also received grants from the San Francisco Foundation, Seeds for Peace and the United Way as part of the McGee Center for Food, Faith & Justice nonprofit program. These grants only cover about half of the operating costs, though, of the church, which desperately needs the public’s financial support to continue its food program.

Please contribute online at (be sure to select McGee Avenue Baptist Church of Berkeley) or mail your contributions directly to McGee Avenue Baptist Church/1640 Stuart St./Berkeley, CA 94703. For more information, contact the Rev. Michael Smith at [email protected] or 510-812-9627.

— Audrey Amos

Get a kitten a day via email through the end of October

The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS) has a cure for the stress and struggles of your day. This year has been tough for everyone. Why not wake up to a kitten in your email inbox every day in October?

Berkeley Humane has announced a new campaign just for fun, and it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! You can now sign up to have a picture of the most adorable kitten in your inbox every day through the end of this month.

“We have been hearing for years that people come to our website just to look at cute pictures of animals to help forget about their troubles,” said BEBHS Executive Director Jeffrey Zerwekh. “When you’ve had a hard day, there is nothing like looking into the eyes of a cute kitten to bring some instant joy back into your life.”

It’s easy to get in on the fun. To sign up for the Kitten a Day Campaign mailing list, visit


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