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Sky's the Limit Fund hosts stories of tears, triumphs at annual fundraiser


Limit Fund honored Lani Sutherland, above left, with daughter Christy and husband Rick, with the Shining Star award.

The Los Altos-based Sky’s the Limit Fund recently raised more than $100,000 at its fifth annual Reaching for the Stars fundraising breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto.

Bay Area broadcaster Raj Mathai served as master of ceremonies of the event, which featured heart-rending testimonials from teens and their families about how wilderness therapy turned their lives around.

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Father, son donate early electric car to auto tech program


Courtesy of Bill Palmer III
It still runs: The father-and-son team of Bill Palmer Jr., left, and Bill Palmer III sit in what was arguably the first electric car in Santa Clara County.

Teslas may be all the rage in Los Altos these days, but the electric car in these parts is nothing new. In fact, Los Altos may be home to the first electric vehicle operating in Santa Clara County.

Longtime residents Bill Palmer Jr. and his son, Bill Palmer III, designed and built the car in the mid-1960s. It’s been their pride and joy for decades, but father and son recently determined that it was time to let it go. Two weeks ago on a rainy Friday, the Palmers donated their vehicle to De Anza College’s Automotive Technology Department.

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Memory master offers Rotarians methods, tips to remember him by


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Chester Santos, “International Man of Memory,” demonstrates his techniques for boosting memory skills for a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience Oct. 30.

“International Man of Memory” Chester Santos shared his methods for improving memory with Rotary Club of Los Altos members Oct. 30.

Santos’ tips for boosting memory skills have received national coverage from media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle and CNN. He was named the 2008 USA National Memory Champion.

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Local diabetes advocates slated to 'light town blue' Friday to spread awareness


Tamar Sofer-Geri

In observance of World Diabetes Day, local advocates have scheduled a walk 5 p.m. Friday through downtown Los Altos to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and honor local heroes.

Participants plan to meet at Citibank Plaza at 130 Main St. and proceed through the downtown carrying blue balloons and glow sticks to “light the town blue,” according to organizers.

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Town Crier announces winners in Spooky Stories contest

Fourth-grader Noah Levy won first place in the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

Noah received more than 50 votes for his humorous tale, “The Difference Between a Scary and Non-Scary Halloween.”

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How successful was ALearn event? Let us count the ways


courtesy of Kim Guptill
Barry Groves, from left, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, joins forces with Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and ALearn founder Kathryn Hanson.

More than 350 people attended ALearn’s Dream Makers Dinner Oct. 15, generating $286,675 for the nonprofit organization’s efforts to help underserved students prepare for college.

At the event, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, ALearn honored Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and Sobrato Philanthropies for their contributions. ALearn also recognized participating students, teachers and teaching assistants.

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