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Successors sought for battery recycling program at library


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Matthew and Peter Farmer seek a successor to continue the battery recycling program.

Local battery recycling appears to be the business of brothers.

Twins Matthew and Peter Farmer, recent graduates of Los Altos High School, have overseen the Battery Recycle Club for the past four years. Another set of brothers, Garrett and Bryce Miller, passed the project down to the Farmers in 2010 after Garrett started the program in 2004 and Bryce succeeded him in 2007.

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Los Altos council accommodates traditional Indian wedding


Courtesy of Saroj Pathak
Groom Anupam Pathak, with ring bearer Shalin Taksali, arrived on horseback to marry Theresa Bruketta June 15.

Tradition prevailed over city regulations when a June 15 wedding at the Los Altos History Museum combined Indian and Western cultures.

The city’s initial hang-up with Anupam Pathak and Theresa Bruketta’s wedding procession, or baraat in Hindi, was the use of a horse. The horse or elephant that carries the groom in the baraat is an integral part of an Indian wedding. The horse is essential to Indian culture, akin to the white dress for the bride in a traditional Western wedding.

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Friendship Circle benefit exceeds goal to support special-needs children


Courtesy of Michelle Gottlieb
The Friendship Circle fundraiser draws a happy crowd.

The Bay Area Friendship Circle’s annual “WalkWithFC” fundraiser June 1 generated more than $94,000 to support children with special needs and their families, surpassing organizers’ $90,000 goal.

Held in and around the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, the fundraiser featured a 3-kilometer family walk with games and prizes, followed by a barbecue and bicycle show.

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Leaving law for leadership, LAH resident gives global goals local roots


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Planning Commissioner Kavita Tankha expands her reach.

Home design and floor-area ratios may not be a subject that one would expect Kavita Tankha – philanthropist, women’s rights advocate and lawyer – to get excited about, but the Los Altos Hills resident has embraced her seat on the town’s Planning Commission as an extension of her skills at a local level.

“Rules and ordinances are very similar to law,” said Tankha, reflecting on her first term on the volunteer commission that spends hours reviewing applications for building permits. “Working with people and thinking critically are skills similar to those used in a court of law.”

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Rotary honors Foothill president for partnership, work with vets


Charles Lindauer/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Rotary Past President John Sylvester, left, and current President Jack Kelly, right, present Foothill College President Judy Miner with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos surprised Foothill College President Judy Miner last week, presenting her with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

“Dr. Miner has been supportive in all our efforts at Foothill College,” said Jack Kelly, current president of the club. “This is a great partnership and it is getting greater. Dr. Miner, we truly appreciate all your efforts partnering with Los Altos Rotary. It’s been wonderful, thank you.”

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Rotary announces nonprofit recipients of spring grants

The Rotary Club of Los Altos awarded 13 local nonprofit organizations with community grants funded by proceeds from the 2013 Rotary Fine Art in the Park show.

Rotarians disbursed $17,450 in grants from the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund, in amounts ranging from $300 to $4,000.

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