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News

Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments

Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments


Anne Wojcicki

For the past several years, Anne Wojcicki (Wo-JIT-skee) has been quietly involved in efforts to spruce up downtown Los Altos. She and her husband, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, helped form Passerelle Investment Co., which own...

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Schools

Foothill fall registration opens Monday

Local residents interested in earning a specialized career certificate, associate degree or updated job skills can enroll beginning Monday when Foothill College opens fall registration.

In addition to its continuing-education courses, the college pr...

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Community

Sports

Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High

Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High


Los Altos High administrators offered Gabe Stewart the job of head baseball coach at Los Altos High even before he could apply for it.

“They approached me – they wanted an on-campus coach,” said Stewart, an AP History teacher at ...

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Comment

A good start – now follow through: Editorial

The recent announcement of a five-year agreement between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School is welcome relief for the entire community. After years of dispute and litigation, the pact is nothing short of a minor miracle.

Among t...

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Business

In the business of fostering business

In the business of fostering business


took over as Los Altos’ new economic development coordinator in May after spending the past two years working as city assistant planner. Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier

Sierra Davis is wearing a slightly different hat these days as a Los Altos cit...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

GORDON E. BRANDT

GORDON E. BRANDT

In May of 2014, Gordon E. Brandt passed away after a one and one half year battle with Lymphoma. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Gordon was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 13, 1930. He graduated from Fremont High School in 19...

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Travel

British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises

British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises


Courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Shops, restaurants and museums dot the boardwalk in British Columbia’s Steveston, a great site for strolling.

Picturesque British Columbia has long been on our bucket list, and we recently fulfilled that dream.

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Stepping Out

LA Youth Theatre, LA Stage Company join forces for 'Oz'

LA Youth Theatre, LA Stage Company join forces for 'Oz'


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of “The Wizard of Oz” includes, clockwise from top left, Dana Levy (as Tinman), Rebecca Krieger (Cowardly Lion), Sarah Traina (Scarecrow) and Osher Fein (Dorothy).

Los Altos Youth Theatre and L...

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Spiritual Life

Stanford students study religion through campus artifacts

The inscriptions inside Memorial Church, the death mask of Jane Stanford and the nod to the Egyptian ankh symbol formed by Palm Drive and the Stanford Oval all have one thing in common: Each was a topic of discussion for the students enrolled in a un...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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New fund supplements standard cancer treatments with healing touch


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Loved ones held a 50th birthday party for Los Altos resident Joanne Byrne last week, but the guest of honor was not there to celebrate. She died from cancer in 2011 at the age of 47.

Although the outcome of Byrne’s battle leaves friends missing her presence, her vision for providing comfort, care and companionship to single women during cancer treatment has been fulfilled.

To honor her memory, friends and family launched the Joanne Byrne Fund, under the auspices of the Los Altos Community Foundation, during the celebration.

“It was really her dream,” said Byrne’s best friend, Gabrielle Babin of Santa Clara. “She realized that she was lucky to have support. … There are lots of single women without this support.”

During her 2 1/2-year struggle with breast cancer, Byrne sought relief via energy therapy and massage – services not typically covered by insurance.

“The power of touch heals the body as well as the spirit,” said massage therapist Christina Keith, who treated Byrne.

Keith added that the healing therapies benefited Byrne as well as herself.

“I always left feeling better than when I arrived,” she said.

According to Byrne’s sister, Mary Hernandez-Byrne, the fund will call on practitioners and providers who “come highly recommended for their skills but equally for their heart” to identify single women who live or work in Los Altos, Mountain View or Palo Alto and might benefit from the fund.

Grants of $600 enable recipients to choose services such as massage, guided imagery and/or energy therapy that some cancer sufferers believe ease the pain and side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation.

To alleviate what Hernandez-Byrne described as the “loneliness and stigma of a single person in a couple’s world,” the fund will also support recipients by providing transportation to treatments and appointments.

Donors have already contributed $100,000 to the fund.

“This is by far the most successful (memorial fund) we’ve had,” said Ray Lave, executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation. “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, it’s just clear that it’s a great asset.”

To donate to or for more information on the Joanne Byrne Fund, visit losaltoscf.org/joannebyrnefund.

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