Al Galedrige: World War II veteran remembers 'Price of Glory'

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Al Galedrige of Los Altos fought at Iwo Jima in 1945.

Editor’s note: Al Galedrige, perhaps better known as “Al the Barber,” achieved legendary status in downtown Los Altos after more than seven decades of cutting hair – and telling jokes – at Al’s Barber Shop. Perhaps less known is Galedrige’s contributions to World War II as a member of what broadcaster and author Tom Brokaw deemed “The Greatest Generation.” With Veterans Day Tuesday, Galedrige was inspired to tell his story to the Town Crier.


Garden Club of Los Altos celebrates 85 years planting seeds of friendship

ing Garden Club of Los Altos members share memories at last week’s anniversary party. Pictured are, from left, Joan Tankersley (40 years), Jean Gillette (46 years), Helen Sherwood (41 years) and Marguerite Appling (44 years).

Several hundred women in wide-brimmed hats and flower-patterned dresses sat at circular tables for an Oct. 28 buffet-style lunch at Los Altos Lutheran Church, gathering to celebrate the Garden Club of Los Altos’ 85th anniversary.

In a tradition that’s flourished since 1929, the convivial group of mostly female green thumbs congregates monthly to share gardening know-how and flower-arranging advice.


The Mexican 'Nightingale' reborn : Local resident writes Angela Peralta opera for Mazatlan stage

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The opera composed by Los Altos resident Roger Bourland is scheduled to premiere Nov. 14 and 15 in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Thanks to Los Altos resident and composer Roger Bourland, the renowned 19th-century Mexican opera singer Angela Peralta will finally star at her eponymous theater in Mazatlan, Mexico, an opportunity she missed more than 130 years ago when she died of yellow fever.

An ensemble is scheduled to perform Bourland’s first grand opera, “The Dove and the Nightingale,” Nov. 14 and 15.


RotaCare Mountain View responds to evolving needs in community

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RotaCare Mountain View Clinic Manager Mirella Nguyen, right, confers with Dr. Carrie Riestenberg, an OB-GYN who volunteers at the free clinic.

The Affordable Care Act may have changed the landscape of who qualifies for health-care coverage, but it hasn’t necessarily reduced the client base at RotaCare Mountain View.

According to Clinic Manager Mirella Nguyen, a nurse practitioner, the expanded accessibility of health care has prompted logjams, largely because of the unexpectedly high numbers that enrolled in the state’s exchange, Covered California – 8 million residents signed up, when officials anticipated 5 million.


Town Crier Holiday Fund lends a helping hand in 2014

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Holiday Fund recipient WOMEN/SV assists local victims of domestic violence. Founder Ruth Patrick, right, is pictured with Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis and donor Darcy Griswold.

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is in full swing, kicking off its 15th year assisting local organizations that directly serve those with the most pressing needs in the community.


House of Grace offers young women place for reinvention, sisterhood

Over the past seven months, Amber has benefited from the combination of life skills and faith-based study and support provided by House of Grace. Courtesy of house of grace

Society can be harsh toward women – particularly mothers – who make mistakes. House of Grace rejects that idea.

Women enter the program because they have experienced profound problems – often addiction. Many face the possibility of jail time if they don’t choose to make a radical change. House of Grace offers a safe place to exercise that choice.


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