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Los Altos couple honored for volunteer service

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Tom and Karen Smith, left, converse with Dr. Sam Pesner after receiving the Walter and Marie Singer Award.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce honored Tom and Karen Smith for their decades of community involvement Friday at the Chamber’s annual State of the Cities luncheon at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

The Los Altos couple received the 2016 Walter and Marie Singer Award, given at the luncheon to business leaders who volunteer in the community. The award was named for the late couple, the longtime owners of Los Altos Stationers known for their extensive community involvement.

Service League of Boys gives back to community

Yvonne Cornell/special to the town crier
The Service League of Boys recently capped off its year painting an after-school facility at the Catholic Charities St. Francis Youth Club in East Palo Alto as part of National Rebuilding Day.

When a large group of teen boys assembles with a shared purpose, it’s not always to play sports – sometimes they just want to make the world a better place.

That’s the case with the Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys (SLOBs), which recently completed its third year of service in the community.

Mentor Tutor Connection members celebrate 20th anniversary

Bob Adams are co-founders of Mentor Tutor Connection.

Approximately 100 people arrived bright and early at the Jesuit Retreat Center April 21 for a buffet breakfast and program honoring the founders of Mentor Tutor Connection, Marge Bruno and Bob Adams.

The celebration commemorated the nonprofit organization’s 20 years of recruiting, screening, training and placing volunteers to tutor and mentor students in local schools. Mentor Tutor Connection officials estimate that the organization has served more than 2,500 students over the past two decades.

Child Advocates honors CASA heroes at 30th anniversary gala

Courtesy of Laura Fulda
Los Altos Hills resident Judge Leonard Edwards, pictured with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Executive Director Karen Scussel, was among six CASA Heroes and Legends recognized May 21 at the organization’s 30th anniversary gala.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley honored Los Altos Hills resident Judge Leonard Edwards May 21 for his work on behalf of foster children in Santa Clara County.

Child Advocates provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to foster youth. The nonprofit organization recruits, trains and supports CASAs to work one-on-one with foster children, providing emotional and educational support and ensuring that each child’s needs are met and voice is heard while navigating the dependency system. Since 1986, Child Advocates has served more than 15,000 children with the support of 10,000-plus community volunteers.

Hills resident recognized at World Monopoly Championship


The Los Altos Hills resident is a competitive Monopoly player. Anik is good at it, too, winning several tournaments in California.

Award-winning young vocalist strives toward higher goals

Audrey Shitamoto showcases her vocal skills during a recent performance, left. The 11-year-old received a National Gold Medal for her singing earlier this year.

At first glance, 11-year-old Audrey Shitamoto seems a lot like other girls her age. She wears her hair in a neat ponytail, and transition glasses shade her eyes as she stands in the sun. The Los Altos resident indulges in Disney Channel shows such as “Descendants,” “Austin & Ally” and “Girl Meets World.”

But Audrey has a mature style of speaking for a fifth-grader – and a singing voice to match. She’s a vocal champion.

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