Whooping cough surge reaches Los Altos in small numbers

Pertussis, the bacteria known as whooping cough, is on the rise again in California.

Santa Clara County has seen fewer infections than Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties this year, with six cases reported in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View as of the first week in July. The California Department of Public Health has tallied nearly 4,600 cases this year – more than all of 2013 – and declared a state of epidemic last month.


Agencies issue charity fraud alert

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission recently warned the public that some charitable endeavors aren’t as they appear. The two agencies cautioned that scammers often pose as representatives of disaster-related charities.


Mtn. View High student honors father through Relay For Life

Courtesy of Jeanette Freiberg
Jeanette Freiberg, right, fundraises for Relay For Life to find a cure for cancer.

Life can be difficult when someone you love is battling cancer. Just ask Jeanette Freiberg.

When she was 15 years old, Freiberg, Youth Engagement chairwoman for Relay For Life/Los Altos, lost her father to a rare form of the disease that accumulated in his salivary glands. Although she suffered a great loss, Freiberg said her Relay role helps her cope with the absence of her father while simultaneously fighting for a cure.


Peninsula Symphony: Impressions from a first-timer concertgoer

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Peninsula Symphony performs at Hillview Soccer Field in Los Altos June 21.

Peninsula Symphony’s June 21 performance in Los Altos was my first orchestra concert. I am used to seeing hardcore punk concerts and have played in rock bands.

The free show on the Hillview Soccer Field was fabulous. Approximately 500 people attended, many of them picnicking as they listened to the Los Altos-based group.


Successors sought for battery recycling program at library

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Matthew and Peter Farmer seek a successor to continue the battery recycling program.

Local battery recycling appears to be the business of brothers.

Twins Matthew and Peter Farmer, recent graduates of Los Altos High School, have overseen the Battery Recycle Club for the past four years. Another set of brothers, Garrett and Bryce Miller, passed the project down to the Farmers in 2010 after Garrett started the program in 2004 and Bryce succeeded him in 2007.


Los Altos council accommodates traditional Indian wedding

Courtesy of Saroj Pathak
Groom Anupam Pathak, with ring bearer Shalin Taksali, arrived on horseback to marry Theresa Bruketta June 15.

Tradition prevailed over city regulations when a June 15 wedding at the Los Altos History Museum combined Indian and Western cultures.

The city’s initial hang-up with Anupam Pathak and Theresa Bruketta’s wedding procession, or baraat in Hindi, was the use of a horse. The horse or elephant that carries the groom in the baraat is an integral part of an Indian wedding. The horse is essential to Indian culture, akin to the white dress for the bride in a traditional Western wedding.


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