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The art of love : Los Altos resident proposes marriage via art exhibit at CSMA

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Anthony Palomo popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban, with an art exhibit at the Community School of Music and Arts.

Although it was visible to all Community School of Music and Arts visitors Aug. 4, Anthony Palomo designed an exhibit of personal photographs and paintings for an audience of one: his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban.

Text in acrylic paint featured the necessary words, but Palomo knelt and recited them as well. Marban tossed back her head and laughed. She accepted Palomo’s proposal and exchanged the cup of coffee in her hand for his engagement ring.

Ex-FBI agent turned author has plenty of stories to tell

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Former FBI agent and attorney Russell Atkinson of Los Altos embarked on a new career as a mystery novelist.

Russell Atkinson didn’t set out to become an author – his work experiences led him to it. The longtime Los Altos resident has worked for the FBI, in high-tech security and as an attorney.

“I certainly hadn’t intended to be an author at any point … (but) I had this very compelling story that I felt needed telling,” he said.

Foothill-De Anza chancellor highlights innovative programs in Rotary Club talk

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Judy Miner addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Aug. 4 meeting.

Despite state funding cuts, Chancellor Judy C. Miner of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District remains positive about the colleges’ innovative educational programs.

Miner, president of Foothill College for eight years before assuming the chancellor’s role in 2015, discussed the district’s focus and goals at the Aug. 4 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting, touching on the following areas of progress.

Los Altos couple organizes walk to fund fight against pancreatic cancer

Courtesy of the Nichols family
The Nichols family – from left, Aaron, Clara, Evan and Leah – is joining the fight against pancreatic cancer.

After dealing with the emotions of losing loved ones to pancreatic cancer, Los Altos residents Aaron and Leah Nichols wanted to bring hope to others going through the same thing.

The couple is organizing the 2016 Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, scheduled Oct. 1 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Mtn. View police K9 Nash trades active duty for well-deserved R&R

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Mountain View Police Officer Pablo Donato is welcoming Nash into his own home after partnering with the K9 cop on the force for the past five years.

Like many young immigrants to the U.S., Nash learned his native tongue before he mastered English; he knew the German words “sitz” and “platz” before “sit” and “down.” Since Nash’s retirement last month, however, this K9 cop is processing fewer commands and enjoying heaps more praise.

“I’m sure he gets so many belly rubs and back rubs, and he gets to go on walks,” said Katie Nelson, Mountain View Police Department public information officer.

Historical Immigrant House moves to permanent site in new MV park

Photo courtesy of Diane Solomon
A crew moves the 1880s-era Immigrant House down Middlefield Road to its permanent location, Heritage Park at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave. in Mountain View. City officials anticipate a December park opening.

Mary Kay Marinovich is beaming a big smile these days after Mountain View Public Works employees moved her beloved Immigrant House Aug. 8 from the city’s corporation yard to its permanent location at the soon-to-be-open Heritage Park.

The small 1880s-era house, where her Polish immigrant family once lived, will be one of the highlight attractions of a 1.22-acre park at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave. The park is targeted for an official opening in December.

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