Local WWII veteran travels to Washington with Honor Flight

Courtesy of Richard Abbott
Richard Abbott, from left, his brother Bill and Honor Flight sponsor Ross Frazee traveled to Washington, D.C., over the week- end for a series of special events planned for World War II vets.

Los Altos resident Richard Abbott didn’t have much choice when it came to serving in World War II.

“My father was a Navy man,” said Abbott, 92. “It was either getting drafted or joining the Navy, so I joined the Navy.”


Forensic anthropologist uncovers clues for Rotary Club audience


Lorna Pierce, Ph.D., loves bones – a body found in the woods is just what the San Jose State University lecturer and forensic anthropologist hankers to investigate.

Pierce, a consultant to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, discussed her life’s work in an April 2 presentation for members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.


Morning Forum of Los Altos speaker sheds light on alternative energy sources

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
“The developed world must discover how developing countries can produce wealth without relying on cheap oil and coal,” speaker Severin Borenstein told a Morning Forum audience. “Safe, cheaper alternative energy solutions must be made available, without asking these poorer countries to pay more for energy.” 

An expert on energy sources energized the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience with his April 7 presentation on “Exciting Progress and Harsh Realities in the Race to Low Carbon Energy.”

Severin Borenstein, Ph.D., E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, has written prolifically and advised many government agencies and private industries on the economic impact of various energy sources.


Volunteers honored at Gardner Awards

The Los Altos Community Foundation’s 11th annual Gardner Awards, held March 26, honored 27 volunteers who represent a host of local nonprofit agencies.


Circle of Support bolsters domestic violence prevention

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley’s 12th annual Circle of Support Luncheon is scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 1 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

The organization will honor Los Altos Hills resident and domestic violence prevention researcher Tasneem Ismailji, M.D., MPH, at the event. Ismailji is co-founder and president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, which works to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse.


LA Library Endowment sponsors talk on Van Gogh

The Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled its annual “Speaking Volumes” program 7:30 p.m. Monday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Dr. Lorrin Koran, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will headline this year’s event with the presentation “Vincent Van Gogh – Art and Madness.”


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