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'FBI's Indiana Jones' tells tales of art heists


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Robert Wittman, billed as the “FBI’s Indiana Jones,” addressed the Morning Forum of Los Altos March 18, telling true tales about tracking down art thieves.

His presentation, “USA vs. Art Thieves: True Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones,” highlighted his 20-year career with the FBI, during which he recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property.

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Rotary Club of Los Altos honors Simitian for service


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The Rotary Club of Los Altos honored Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian as a Paul Harris Fellow for living the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

At the club’s 65th anniversary luncheon, held at Los Altos Golf & Country Club March 6, Rotary past presidents Dennis Young, Mary Prochnow and Roy Lave highlighted the contributions Simitian has made to the community through his service as state senator and assemblyman, mayor of Palo Alto, Palo Alto School Board president and county supervisor, among other roles.

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Author tells story of Silicon Valley in pictures


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Author Mary Wadden addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 13.

Author Mary Wadden showcased a vivid collection of photos, historical posters and tourist postcards that trace the story of the Santa Clara Valley’s development from the Gold Rush to today’s Facebook collaborators in a Rotary Club of Los Altos presentation March 13.

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Rotary Club of Los Altos salutes, raises funds for local veterans at Cioppino Dinner


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Veteran Daniel Brenner proposed to Joanne Johnson at the Cioppino Dinner.

There was more to the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Cioppino Dinner and Auction than a hearty meal of crab, prawns and lasagna, as attendees gathered March 7 to offer their support to veterans.

Spearheaded by Rotary Club President Jack Kelly and co-chaired by Ron Labetich and Tracie Murray, the event netted more than $20,000 for the Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian Memorial Scholarship Fund for student-veterans at the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center.

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Speaker: 'Endless possibilities' to 3D printing


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Los Altos native and master industrial designer Scott Summit discussed “How 3D Printing Is Changing the World” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience March 4.

Summit, founder and chief technology officer of Bespoke Innovations, has given TED talks and lectured on design at many universities and corporations nationally and internationally. Bespoke Innovations focuses on connecting the complex medical needs of the body with the versatility offered by 3D scanning and printing. 3D Systems acquired Bespoke in 2012.

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Pizza making helps choir travel and feeds the homeless


Courtesy of Margie Woch
Main Street Singers members, from left, Daniel Beatty (tenor, junior), Madeline Woch (soprano, senior) and Edward Barnes (bass, junior) display the pizzas they made for the homeless.

The Los Altos High School Main Street Singers are raising money to leave their homes and perform overseas. They’re also helping to feed people without a home to go to.

For the second consecutive year, the 30-member choral group, led by director Mark Shaull, has made and delivered pizzas to the InnVision Shelter Network in San Jose. Group members make ready-bake pizzas twice a year to sell as a fundraiser for the needs of the choir, including travel, music and wardrobe expenses.

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