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Hams plan for Los Altos' day of need

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Los Altos ham radio operator Dave Ricci volunteered at the Kiwanis Pet Parade with his border collie, Belle this year.

Ham radio operators are a staple, if subtle, sight at the Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade each May – day-glo vested folks with radios dot the parade route and help connect the volunteers who wrangle goats, humans and vintage cars around the downtown triangle.

Many of Los Altos’ radio enthusiasts also turn their skills and equipment to emergency preparedness – and a group of them are developing an emergency communications grid for if and when Los Altos has to rely on civilian airwaves to communicate among emergency sites in town.

Rotary Club of Los Altos awards 18 scholarships

chool Rotary Club scholars, include, from left, Antonia Acevedo Perez, Bailey Thayer, Claudia Gomez, Karla Margarita Leal Hernandez, Guadalupe Garcia, Lorena Rodriguez Ayala, Anna Antonio and Joceline Montebello.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos invested in education by awarding college scholarships to 18 seniors from four local high schools and recognizing four outstanding middle school students May 26 at the Garden House in Shoup Park.

The club raised nearly $25,000 at the 2015 Fine Art in the Park show, which funded the scholarships along with additional donations from individuals.

Los Altos couple honored for volunteer service

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Tom and Karen Smith, left, converse with Dr. Sam Pesner after receiving the Walter and Marie Singer Award.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce honored Tom and Karen Smith for their decades of community involvement Friday at the Chamber’s annual State of the Cities luncheon at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

The Los Altos couple received the 2016 Walter and Marie Singer Award, given at the luncheon to business leaders who volunteer in the community. The award was named for the late couple, the longtime owners of Los Altos Stationers known for their extensive community involvement.

Service League of Boys gives back to community

Yvonne Cornell/special to the town crier
The Service League of Boys recently capped off its year painting an after-school facility at the Catholic Charities St. Francis Youth Club in East Palo Alto as part of National Rebuilding Day.

When a large group of teen boys assembles with a shared purpose, it’s not always to play sports – sometimes they just want to make the world a better place.

That’s the case with the Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys (SLOBs), which recently completed its third year of service in the community.

Mentor Tutor Connection members celebrate 20th anniversary

Bob Adams are co-founders of Mentor Tutor Connection.

Approximately 100 people arrived bright and early at the Jesuit Retreat Center April 21 for a buffet breakfast and program honoring the founders of Mentor Tutor Connection, Marge Bruno and Bob Adams.

The celebration commemorated the nonprofit organization’s 20 years of recruiting, screening, training and placing volunteers to tutor and mentor students in local schools. Mentor Tutor Connection officials estimate that the organization has served more than 2,500 students over the past two decades.

Child Advocates honors CASA heroes at 30th anniversary gala

Courtesy of Laura Fulda
Los Altos Hills resident Judge Leonard Edwards, pictured with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Executive Director Karen Scussel, was among six CASA Heroes and Legends recognized May 21 at the organization’s 30th anniversary gala.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley honored Los Altos Hills resident Judge Leonard Edwards May 21 for his work on behalf of foster children in Santa Clara County.

Child Advocates provides Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to foster youth. The nonprofit organization recruits, trains and supports CASAs to work one-on-one with foster children, providing emotional and educational support and ensuring that each child’s needs are met and voice is heard while navigating the dependency system. Since 1986, Child Advocates has served more than 15,000 children with the support of 10,000-plus community volunteers.

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