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Affordable ways seniors can winterize homes

Whether your aging loved one lives in an area with four distinct seasons of the year or in milder temperatures year-round, autumn is the ideal time to winterize the home to protect it against the elements and the dipping thermometer.

Preparing for the chilly months may range from a professional furnace check to simply adding weather-stripping around the front door. Although some people on limited incomes think that they can’t afford to winterize, even small steps toward guarding against the elements can prove a cost savings in heating bills and exterior wear and tear to the home.

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Abilities United's Authors Luncheon sets new record of $340K


Photos Courtesy of Wendy Kuehnl/Abilities United
Paula Rini of Los Altos, left, and Rachel Segars of Palo Alto served as co-chairwomen of the Authors Luncheon 2014.

Abilities United’s annual Authors Luncheon raised a record $340,000 at the 23rd annual event, held Nov. 1 at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto.

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Community Briefs

Gingerbread houses on display this week

The city of Los Altos’ 27th annual Gingerbread House display is scheduled 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday in Room 2 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

For more information, visit losaltosrecreation.org.

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Celebrity Forum hosts Anderson Cooper in January

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series features a varied lineup of newsmakers that appear for three consecutive nights.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series. Founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.

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Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One of those things has already arrived.

The center, which assists on-campus veterans in accessing GI benefits, relocated to Building 5400 one week before the start of the fall quarter in mid-September. The new 880-square-foot location is more than double the size of the original office. As a result, the center, which features a lounge, a computer lab and onsite school counselors, has started to gain popularity with on-campus veterans as a social hub where they can do homework, meet fellow veterans or stop by to grab a quick snack.

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Downtown College Prep creates nurturing environment for students



Downtown College Prep’s El Camino Middle School students create set-design concepts for an upcoming theater production. Traci Newell/ Town Crier

Downtown College Prep aims to create a safe learning environment for students, beginning in sixth grade and continuing as they work toward graduating from high school.

This year, Downtown College Prep opened its first middle-school program in the San Jose Unified School District at El Camino Middle School.

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