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Organizations offer early endorsements of local candidates


Chamber endorses Mordo, Glew for Los Altos City Council

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Jean Mordo and Alexander Glew for the two open Los Altos City Council seats in the Nov. 4 election.

“The Chamber believes that Alex Glew and Jean Mordo will best represent the interests of business in Los Altos,” said Julie Rose, Chamber president.

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Runners team up to raise money for local girl who suffers from CMD


Courtesy of Olivia Drobny
Friends and family of Sophie Kim, 8, are rallying to raise money for research and a cure for Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

Olivia Drobny of Los Altos worked as a personal aide at a design camp this summer, where she met Sophie Kim, 8, a student at Almond School. Sophie struggles with everyday activities that others take for granted, and Drobny assisted her with any physical challenges the day’s schedule presented.

“I quickly learned the extent of Sophie’s muscular fragility: opening and closing pen caps and lunch containers, never being afforded the privacy we all take for granted in the restroom and the inability to play with her peers on the playground,” Drobny said.

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CSA speaker: Poverty pervasive, on rise in wealthy Silicon Valley


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“Hometown Hero” Sally Lieber receives a hug from Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency.

People live along creeks, up steep hillsides and in trees – there are thousands of them living a stone’s throw from Wal-Marts and high-tech offices.

They are the homeless, and their numbers are on the rise along with high-paying tech jobs and the cost of housing that makes Silicon Valley the most expensive area in the nation to live.

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Rotary Club of Los Altos names honorary members


Courtesy of Marlene Cowan
Los Altos Rotary Club President Kendra Gjerseth, from left, celebrates with “Honorary Rotarians” Penny Lave, Sandy Mingia, Janet Harding and Lara Pai. Not pictured are honorees Liz Nyberg, Cathy Anderson and Larry Madsen.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently named seven local residents “Honorary Rotarians” for demonstrating “service above self” in support of the club’s mission and programs.

Honorees include Janet Harding for Veterans’ Support, Cathy Anderson for Fellowship, Penny Lave for Operations, Lara Pai for coordinating artists for Fine Art in the Park, Sandy Mingia for Programs, Liz Nyberg for Mentor Tutor Connection (formerly known as Partners for New Generations) and Larry Madsen, retired past president of the club.

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AAUW hosts co-founder of startup designed to boost girls' tech skills


Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
Alice Brooks, co-founder of Roominate, discusses the importance of exposing girls at an early age to the basic principles of building and design.

The Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women hosted a presentation by Alice Brooks, co-founder of the girls-centric startup Roominate, Sept. 13 at the Hillview Community Center Social Hall.

The audience of approximately 40 included AAUW members, girls involved in the organization’s Tech Trek camp and their parents.

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New book provides understanding of the Internet for adults, children: Los Altos digital media author Sarah Granger answers TC's questions


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Los Altos resident Sarah Granger, a self-described digital native, celebrated the launch this month of her first solo book, “The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life – Online and Off” (Seal Press, 2014).

Covering topics as basic as how to set up appropriate and effective digital profiles to navigating the challenges of children in cyberspace, Granger’s book attempts to answer the questions provoked again and again by the World Wide Web.

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