Worldwide 'outpouring of love' brings birthday joy to Los Altos teen with autism

Courtesy of Rachel D’Antonio
Julia D’Antonio of Los Altos displays the birthday cards she received from all over the world.

A week prior to Los Altos resident Julia D’Antonio’s 19th birthday party March 28, she had received no replies from invited friends – a blow to anyone’s self-esteem. To a shy, reclusive teen with autism, however, the lack of response could be potentially devastating.

But thanks to social media and a caring mother, Julia did not celebrate her birthday alone. Far from it.


Mentor Tutor Connection welcomes new exec director


Mentor Tutor Connection recently hired Carol Fisher as its first executive director.

Fisher will lead the local nonprofit agency, formerly known as Partners for New Generations, as it implements its mission to help students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools achieve their potential and thrive.


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Christine Fowler of Los Altos, right, sent in this photo of herself with her friend, the late Christine Graham, holding her dog, Phoebe, during the 1967 Kiwanis Pet Parade in downtown Los Altos. “We dressed up like older women,” Fowler recalled. “We had so much fun.”


Young Men's Service League launches local chapter

Courtesy of Kelly Chen
Members of the Rancho chapter of the Young Men’s Service League include, front row, from left: James Robinson, Trevor Goodwin, Jake Israni, Cole Baker, Jason Shenon and Ryan Song. Middle: Kyle Ettinger, Joseph Chen, Shane Mujica and Jason Halden. Back: Kristin Baker, Terri Ettinger, Sunny Song, Denise Robinson, Pam Mujica, Nicole Goodwin, Mary Israni, Elizabeth Halden, Amanda Shenon and Kelly Chen.

The Young Men’s Service League, a nonprofit organization that promotes community service, is set to launch its local Rancho chapter with an inaugural class of 47 eighth- and ninth-graders and their mothers.

Mothers and their sons from Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and other surrounding cities will embark on a four-year program of philanthropy, life-skills education and leadership development.


Zimbabwe Run and Fair brings out best in art and athleticism

Courtesy of Ellen Clark
Kela Mavhera sets a new course record for the Girls Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Mile with a run of 5:45. She and her family drove up from Southern California to support the cause. Kela’s parents were born and raised in Zimbabwe.

Town Crier Report

The Sustainable Living Foundation’s 16th annual Zimbabwe Run and Fair was a rousing success, according to foundation president Ellen Clark, a Los Altos resident.


Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

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All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The Heising-Simons Foundation moved into its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos last week.

The move is a short one – staff vacated their 300 Second St. site to relocate to second-floor offices in the new office and retail development at Main and First. Foundation staffers have 10,000 square feet of space. The foundation has made tenant improvements to allow for offices, conference rooms and common areas.


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