Police warn residents of home-repair fraud

Following recent illegal solicitations, Los Altos Police Department officials remind residents to beware of unlicensed contractors and home repairmen.

Common types of home-repair fraud include roofing repair, driveway sealing or pressure washing and automobile repair. It is unlawful for contractors to solicit services door-to-door in Los Altos.


Local dancer hits her mark Callahan earns role in first national tour of Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' musical

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Los Altos native Mary Callahan, front right, plays one of the “Bullet Babes” in the national tour of “Bullets Over Broadway.” Callahan is a 2009 graduate of St. Francis High School.


Growing up in Los Altos, Mary Callahan loved to dance. At age 4, she began taking classes at the San Juan School of Dance and later joined its dance team.


LA's 'Al the Barber' celebrates 90th birthday

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Al Galedrige, who retired in 2014 after 66 years as a barber in Los Altos, celebrated his 90th birthday Jan. 23.

Retired Los Altos barber Al Galedrige celebrated his 90th birthday Jan. 23 surrounded by family and friends at a local restaurant.

Galedrige opened Al’s Barber Shop near the corner of Main and First streets in Los Altos in 1948, four years before Los Altos was incorporated. Known as “Al the Barber,” his popular business remained a fixture in Los Altos for 66 years until his retirement in April 2014.


Chamber of Commerce honors members at dinner

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Scott O’Brien, outgoing Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman, poses with award winners Ardy Bazarian, manager of the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop.

Last week’s Los Altos Chamber of Commerce 2015 Awards Dinner drew a sold-out crowd to Chef Chu’s restaurant.

Honorees included the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop (Community Legacy Award), Abby Ahrens/Enchanté Boutique Hotel (Architectural Design & Enhancement), Beepi (New Member of the Year), Sherie Dodsworth/Los Altos PREPARE (Pride of the Community Award), Dennis Duffy (Ambassador of the Year Award), Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Chair’s Special Recognition) and Young, Craig & Co. LLP (Chamber Member of the Year).


Local barn connects horse and human

A Los Altos Hills program to get local residents on horseback has refurbished spots to trot this winter, with renovated arenas at Westwind Community Barn and an expanding town riding program.


Los Altos couple describes second career volunteering to reduce poverty in Africa

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Rick Walleigh shares his experiences in Africa at a Rotary Club meeting Jan. 7.

After Los Altos residents Rick and Wendy Walleigh built successful high-tech careers, they weren’t quite ready to retire. So they spent their “encore” careers volunteering in Swaziland and Kenya to reduce endemic poverty.

The Walleighs appeared at the Jan. 7 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting, describing the conditions they set on where they would volunteer: sites with flush toilets and hot showers, no countries with flying bullets and no nation ending in “-stan.”


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