LACF disburses more than $50K to local nonprofit organizations

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded more than $50,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit agencies that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The project and operational grants benefit the communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations, youth, diversity training and support, arts and culture, and community building.


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Circle of Support event set for Friday

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

The organization is slated to 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.


Altruism, adventure in Africa: Los Altos couple relates experiences in new book

Courtesy of Wendy Walleigh
Rick and Wendy Walleigh spent a year and a half in Swaziland and Kenya.

Los Altos residents Rick and Wendy Walleigh experienced long, successful high-tech careers. But retirement? No, it was time for an encore.

Leaving the corporate world behind by 2005, the Walleighs pursued encore careers that effected positive social change. In 2006, they joined TechnoServe, an international development company focusing on what it calls “business solutions to poverty.” Accepting wages at a fraction of their previous salaries, the Walleighs offered their skills – Wendy’s in marketing, Rick’s in business consulting – to help Africans improve theirs.


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.


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