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Holiday time can be hazardous for animals: Pet Pause

Holiday time presents some situations that can be hazardous to your pet’s health. A little planning and taking extra precautions will keep the holidays a happy time for everyone.

Holiday food favorites can be dangerous for dogs. Fats, gravies and poultry skin can lead to gastrointestinal upset or, worse, pancreatitis. This inflammatory condition of the pancreas often requires hospitalized care and can be fatal.

'Unsung heroes' recognized for volunteerism

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This year’s volunteer honorees include, from left, Ron Labetich, Roddy Sloss, Gunilla Follett, Jim Abraham, Dave Evans, Carol Starbuck, Bruce Martin, Kathy Bridgman, Gary Hedden and Sue Gale.

While scaling the ladder of life, reach down and help someone less fortunate advance a rung or two.

It’s a commencement speech proverb the late television journalist Tim Russert paraphrased in his 2004 speech to Boston College graduates and the lesson Charles Geschke repeated at the Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Friday.

Town Crier names Coleman 2016 Los Altan of the Year


The Town Crier has named Claudia Coleman, a longtime resident who has held leadership positions at the Los Altos Community and El Camino Hospital foundations, 2016 Los Altan of the Year.

Modeled after Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the Town Crier’s annual honor recognizes a resident whose volunteer work generates goodwill and forwards Los Altos’ reputation as an outstanding community.

Los Altos Community Foundation on the lookout for program volunteers

Los Altos Community Foundation seeks volunteers to serve in a variety of areas.

The foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement, offers a number of volunteer opportunities particularly suited for older adults with time and expertise to spare – and share.

El Camino Hospital official describes expansion project for Rotarians

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A new two-story, 56,000-square-foot behavioral health building, rendering above, is part of El Camino Hospital’s expansion plans, the hospital’s facilities chief, Ken King, told Los Altos Rotarians.


El Camino Hospital’s Mountain View campus is expanding, but Ken King, chief administrative services officer, has managed any growing pains.

Los Altos Rhodes Scholar sees health within a community's greater context


From guide dogs to culinary architecture, Los Altos native Alexis Doyle has worked across fields as a young scholar, but she had to learn to knit it all together – not only as a pre-medical student, but as a candidate proving her bona fides for a Rhodes Scholarship. She joined the incoming class of Rhodes Scholars last month, earning one of the nation’s most prestigious scholastic honors.

Doyle frames the notoriously rigorous Rhodes interview as a “fun and challenging experience.” The conversation ranged from the character-building failures of learning to train a guide dog to her research into parasitic infection in Guatemala.

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