Former Los Altos resident clinches Ms. Wheelchair America title

Courtesy of Alette Coble-Temple
Alette Coble-Temple wears the crown of Ms. Wheelchair America.

When Alette Coble-Temple was born, doctors predicted she had a mere 10 percent chance of survival. The umbilical cord had wound its way around her neck, forcing medical staff to sever it – and her oxygen supply – a full six minutes before delivery.

The emergency procedure led to cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder affecting muscle coordination and necessitating that Coble-Temple use a wheelchair. The disability has factored into many of the challenges Coble-Temple has faced throughout her life, but she is proud to say it has also heightened her identity.


Charlene Geers: A success in real estate, community service and family

Mrs. Geers

Los Altos Hills resident Charlene Heritage Geers, a real estate agent and community volunteer, died Aug. 6 after a brief illness. Mrs. Geers was 79.

Born in New York City, Mrs. Geers grew up in Miami, where she attended the University of Miami. She became a majorette in the university’s marching band. On a band trip, she met Jim Geers, a saxophonist in the band. After two years of courtship, they married.


Planner: 'Two Sunnyvales' headed to Santa Clara County in 15 years


When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people, according to retired Santa Clara County principal planner Don Weden: Those who make it happen, those who let it happen and those who wonder what happened.


Moms' group aims to collect 1,000 books for nonprofit helping homeless

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Members of Los Altos Mothers Uniting Mothers, pictured here earlier this year, have organized a drive to gather books for Project Night Night, a nonprofit group that serves homeless children.

It may seem like a lofty goal – collecting 1,000 books in two weeks for donation to a nonprofit organization that helps homeless children – but members of Los Altos Mothers Uniting Mothers are determined to reach it.

The group of approximately 40 moms – more commonly known as MUMs, based at Los Altos United Methodist Church – doesn’t expect to do it alone, however. Members are relying on the community to help them with the book drive for Project Night Night.


Rotarians give backpacks to teens in need

Courtesy of Alex Glew
Members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos donated fully loaded backpacks to teens through the InnVision Shelter Network.

The Red Badgers – a group of Rotary Club Los Altos newcomers – recently donated 25 fully loaded backpacks to high school juniors and seniors who are homeless or living in shelters.

The group collected $4,000 in cash and pledges from local residents, and Target contributed $100 and 25 $10 gift cards.


City introduces trial program to provide food for homebound seniors: Rotisserie chickens offered beginning mid-September

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services Department is sponsoring the Shopping Assistance for Seniors who are Homebound (S.A.S.H.) trial program, scheduled to launch Sept. 14.

Local volunteers are available to pick up cooked rotisserie chickens from Costco and deliver them to homebound Los Altos seniors, according to city spokeswoman Erica Ray.


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