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There's just no disguising it: Costume Bank seeks volunteers

The Costume Bank in downtown Los Altos seeks volunteers to help in the shop, assist customers and mend and create new costumes.

The Costume Bank is the fund- raising arm of the Assistance League of Los Altos, a community service organization that supports those in need in Los Altos and surrounding towns.

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he studied Latin for eight years and Greek for five. With a knack for foreign languages, Federici pursued international law after graduating from high school. He earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Loyola University of Chicago, a doctorate in international law from the Universitá Cattolica of Milan and a second doctorate in Spanish from Universidad Interamericana of Mexico in conjunction with the University of Chicago.

Friendship blossoms at Fine Art in the Park


Terenia Offenbacker and Nicolas Bremeau

They first met two years ago at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park event.

Los Altos Hills resident Terenia Offenbacker is an accomplished painter who studied art education and art history at universities in Europe. Nicolas Bremeau, a curious then-10-year-old boy, was entranced by her paintings and stopped to study them one-by-one.

Vets center coordinator retiring – but not really

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Denise Swett, left, Foothill College vice president of student services, congratulates Carmela Xuereb on her retirement at an April 28 reception held in Xuereb’s honor.

Carmela Xuereb was surrounded by smiles from well-wishers at an April 28 retirement celebration marking her more than 20 years of serving student veterans at Foothill College.

Xuereb, veterans specialist and certifying official at Foothill’s Veterans Resource Center, was a mother figure to the hundreds of vets she has helped since 1994. She was a natural to assume directorship of the resource center when it opened in 2010. The former financial aid specialist took a position she saw as a step up carrying a higher salary.

Corporate therapist, TC columnist Hollands pioneered work in fixing high-tech relationships

Ms. Hollands

Jean Hollands was a bridge builder – bridging communication gaps to improve relations for everyone from married couples to corporate executives.

Ms. Hollands, who died April 23 at age 83, achieved considerable success as a first-of-her-kind corporate therapist. She delivered her insights with honesty and directness, while still managing to convey empathy and understanding.

Director leads FHDA Foundation with a solid strategy – and a smile

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Tess Chandler recently celebrated her first year as executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

Tess Chandler radiates positive energy. Wearing a perpetual smile, the executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation exudes an enthusiasm and warmth that could put even a curmudgeon in a good mood. Equally adept at planning and organizing, Chandler has proven a good match for the community college district and its donors.

“The staff here is so amazing,” said Chandler last week. “I’ve never felt lost. Everywhere I go, people are happy to see me.”

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