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Child Advocates honors CASA heroes at 30th anniversary gala

Courtesy of Laura Fulda
Los Altos Hills resident Judge Leonard Edwards, pictured with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Executive Director Karen Scussel, was among six CASA Heroes and Legends recognized May 21 at the organization’s 30th anniversary gala.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley honored Los Altos Hills resident Judge Leonard Edwards May 21 for his work on behalf of foster children in Santa Clara County.

Child Advocates provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to foster youth. The nonprofit organization recruits, trains and supports CASAs to work one-on-one with foster children, providing emotional and educational support and ensuring that each child’s needs are met and voice is heard while navigating the dependency system. Since 1986, Child Advocates has served more than 15,000 children with the support of 10,000-plus community volunteers.

Hills resident recognized at World Monopoly Championship


The Los Altos Hills resident is a competitive Monopoly player. Anik is good at it, too, winning several tournaments in California.

Award-winning young vocalist strives toward higher goals

Audrey Shitamoto showcases her vocal skills during a recent performance, left. The 11-year-old received a National Gold Medal for her singing earlier this year.

At first glance, 11-year-old Audrey Shitamoto seems a lot like other girls her age. She wears her hair in a neat ponytail, and transition glasses shade her eyes as she stands in the sun. The Los Altos resident indulges in Disney Channel shows such as “Descendants,” “Austin & Ally” and “Girl Meets World.”

But Audrey has a mature style of speaking for a fifth-grader – and a singing voice to match. She’s a vocal champion.

LAHS student helps seniors adapt to new technologies through games

Courtesy of Apala Egan
Los Altos High School student Cole Brinsfield has helped seniors master technology over the past six years.

Los Altos High School junior Cole Brinsfield aims to bridge the technology gap for local seniors by exposing them to Wii, a Nintendo console that uses motion control and includes a variety of games for people of all ages.

Brinsfield has volunteered at the Los Altos Senior Program for more than six years. He recalled one senior who could no longer bowl because of the weight of the ball and trouble maintaining her balance. She had enjoyed the game in her youth, so Brinsfield introduced her to the virtual experience of Wii Bowling, allowing her the pleasure of the game.

Study: Cal Water receives high marks

California Water Service has been ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among water utilities in the western United States, according to J.D. Power’s 2016 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. The utility also achieved the highest score in the region for communications.

The results were based on responses in March from residential customers who had experiences with their utility within the past six months. The Overall Water Utility Satisfaction Index measures key performance indicators in six areas: delivery, price, billing and payment, conservation, communications and customer service.

New logo reflects 'cultural center' of Los Altos


The Los Altos History Museum recently debuted a new logo, reflecting museum officials’ aim to become the educational and cultural center of the community.

The new logo incorporates a tree that symbolizes the link to Los Altos’ orchard heritage and communicates diversity, learning and growth.

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