How abusive husband seemed omnipotent and drove wife to edge of sanity: Confronting Domestic Violence

This is the second in a six-part series on domestic violence and technological abuse. Names, professions, history and other personal identifying features have been changed to create a composite character to protect confidentiality. In Part 1, after leaving Ed, her abusive husband, Beth discovers that he has been using technology to stalk, frighten, control and discredit her. To read Part 1, visit


Museum seeks volunteers for exhibition construction

Courtesy of Jane Reed
Volunteer David Backs helps with construction of a History Museum display.

The Los Altos History Museum seeks volunteers to join the exhibit construction team.

Museum officials are recruiting residents with a construction background who are adept with a saw, hammer, drill, paintbrush or level to build theater sets and furniture.


Los Altos resident continues work toward eradicating No. 1 cause of infant deaths

Courtesy of Marge Shively
Kathy Radford, from left, Ann Roper, Sandy Harapat, Betty Gillmore, Jane Halligan and Laura Griswald stuff envelopes to raise money for spinal muscular atrophy research.

Proceeds from the 13th annual NorCal Walk-n-Roll, scheduled Aug. 22 in Golden Gate Park, will support Cure SMA, an organization near and dear to Los Altos resident Marge Shively.

Shively’s granddaughter, Jessica, died of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in 2006, a tragedy that spurred her to help others stricken with the disease and their families.


Retired astronaut describes challenges of outer-space marathon

Chuck Lindauer/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Daniel Bursch addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos July 9.

Retired NASA astronaut Daniel Bursch described the challenges he faced while isolated 196 days aboard the International Space Station in a Rotary Club of Los Altos appearance July 9.

“A 10-12 day mission on the Space Shuttle is a sprint, but living aboard the ISS for months is a marathon,” Bursch, a Navy captain, told Rotarians at their weekly meeting.


Hidden Villa farm guide, LA resident reaps rewards volunteering: Volunteer Profile

Laurie Aubuchon/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and former teacher Caroline Rumptz has her hands full with playful goats at Hidden Villa farm and nature preserve. A Hidden Villa volunteer for five years, Rumptz said her favorite thing about guiding farm tours is her interaction with children.

Los Altos resident and former teacher Caroline Rumptz’s favorite thing about guiding farm tours at Hidden Villa is the “unadulterated joy” the schoolchildren feel on her tours as they experience new things.

“It lights them up,” Rumptz said.


LAH resident, author celebrates wildlife with new photo book

Los Altos Hills resident Diana Chan loves animals and travel. She also enjoys projects and research.

Zoo visits and scattered amateur photography with her granddaughter developed into a glossy book that celebrates the animal kingdom, with original photos and stories from Chan’s wildlife encounters. The book – nearly six years in the making – just hit the shelves at Linden Tree Books, the Los Altos Library and other local shops.


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