Firefighters collect toys for children in need

Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department
Los Altos firefighters display the types of toys they would like local residents to donate.

Local firefighters are collecting new, unwrapped gifts at their Los Altos and Los Altos Hills fire stations under the Community Toy Program.


Rotary Club marks World AIDS Day with update on projects

John Hammerschmidt/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Arthur Ammann, M.D., addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Dec. 3 meeting, dedicated to reviewing the progress made in AIDS prevention and treatment.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos commemorated World AIDS Day last week with a special program dedicated to emphasizing the continued importance of HIV education and testing.

The Dec. 3 AIDS Day program featured three local trailblazers: Dushan “Dude” Angius, founder of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project; Richard Casey, president of Rotary’s AIDS Project; and Arthur Ammann, M.D., the immunologist who diagnosed the first case of pediatric AIDS at UC San Francisco.


CSA receives Google help for feeding seniors at upcoming holiday luncheon

Courtesy of Mountain View Senior Center
Seniors prepare to dine at their holiday luncheon at the Mountain View Senior Center, an annual event coordinated by Community Services Agency. Google Inc. is helping out with this year’s affair.

The high cost of living is not only driving out the area’s low-income residents, it’s also pushing out those who take care of them.

But Google Inc., a company considered one of the chief contributors to the high cost of living, is coming to the rescue of a Mountain View nonprofit group that helps those in need.


Bike rack competition designs on display at library

Courtesy of Maddy McBirney
Los Altos Public Arts Commissioners Paula Rini, left, and Monica Waldman post design entries for new bike racks Dec. 1 at the Los Altos main library.

The 73 entries submitted for the Los Altos Public Arts Commission-sponsored bike rack design competition are on display through the end of the month at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Commissioners encourage residents to review the entries and vote for their four favorites. Post-It notes and a ballot are provided.


Morning Forum presentation explores impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle offers insight on the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court at a recent Morning Forum presentation. Coyle has covered the court for the past 28 years.

Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, discussed “The Impact of Recent Supreme Court Decisions” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 17.

Coyle has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for 28 years. She regularly appears on “The PBS News Hour” and has received many awards for her work, including the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Scripps Howard Foundation Award.


Volunteers honored for service at annual awards luncheon

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Joint Community Volunteer Service Award winners include, from left, Val Carpenter, John Sylvester, Jeanne MacVicar, Douglas Roberts, Judy and Bob Dahl and Daniel McCandless, a member of the Monkey Toy Makers.

Add five more residents and a group of doll makers to the honor roll of volunteers who have earned Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards. The 2015 group received recognition Friday at the 33rd annual service awards luncheon in Palo Alto.

The event, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, drew a full house, many from nonprofit groups that nominated this year’s winners. A committee of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills representatives selected winners from among the nominees.


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