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.


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.”


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.


ECH's Behavioral Health Services receives $1 million from Los Altos couple

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Donna and John Shoemaker are all smiles as they announce their $1 million donation to El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services.

It didn’t take a direct personal connection to a serious behavioral-health-related matter to inspire a Los Altos couple to invest in local families.

“When you see a child take their life, it’s your child. Or when you see a senior who has lost their spouse and is depressed, it’s our parent,” said Donna Shoemaker of why she and her husband, John, recently donated $1 million to boost Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital. “This hospital is a place where we feel safe and where we want other people to come and feel safe.”


Community Briefs

Block Action Team training continues

A Block Action Team (BAT) training session is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the El Camino Hospital Conference Rooms, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The mission of BAT, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to respond in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, band together to prevent crime, assist seniors, organize a neighborhood watch and promote social interaction through block parties.


Morning Forum speaker puts teacher tenure on trial to 'fix' public education

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Students Matter founder David Welch addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 21.

Students Matter founder David Welch, Ph.D., has spent the past three years using his time and money to change an education system that he claims “doesn’t prioritize the interests of its students and ... denies them access to quality teaching.”

In his Oct. 21 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Vergara v. California: For a Basically Equal Opportunity to a Quality Education,” Welch, a fiber-optics engineer, inventor and co-founder and president of Infinera Corp., said his work with the nonprofit Students Matter centers on the premises that “it’s never acceptable to place an ineffective teacher in the classroom” and that effective teachers are the key to helping low-income students succeed.


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