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Workshop tackles elder-abuse prevention

The Trusts & Estates Section of the State Bar of California, the Educating Seniors Project and Courtyard Marriott have scheduled a free workshop on preventing elder abuse 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday at the Los Altos Courtyard Marriott, 4320 El Camino Real.

The workshop is designed to educate residents on protecting assets, limiting financial risks and reducing the risk of elder abuse.


Local filmmaker’s ‘Batkid Begins’ premieres July 10 in MV

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"Batkid Begins" director Dana Nachman, right, stands on set with director of photography Naomi Ture.

The vision of Los Altos screenwriter-director Dana Nachman is scheduled to hit the big screen today (July 10) in Mountain View.

"Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World" chronicles the day that the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco joined forces to grant a 5-year-old boy's wish to become Batman.

The film has premiered in approximately a dozen cities over the past two weeks. It is slated to open today at Century Cinema 16, 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Reserve tickets are available at

Nachman plans to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the film with a Q&A after the 7:10 p.m. showings today and Saturday.

For more information on the local filmmaker and the story behind the production, see next week's Town Crier.

Local youth's Eagle Scout project aims to improve Armenian school

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Los Altos resident Alex Suppiah, left, took on his ambitious Eagle Scout project in Armenia after meeting with members of The Hidden Road Initiative.

While many Boy Scouts opt to conduct their Eagle Leadership Service Projects in their communities, Los Altos resident Alex Suppiah of Troop 75 elected to serve the residents of a place much farther away – Armenia.

“I didn’t choose Armenia specifically,” said the eighth-grader at Summit Denali School in Sunnyvale. “I met the founder of The Hidden Road Initiative and their goals seemed similar to something I wanted to do.”


Forbidden fruit: Stolen crops ripe for Los Altos residents' finger-pointing

Los Altos resident Pierre Pasturel unlatches the homemade PVC enclosure he built to protect his Fuji apple tree from backyard marauders like squirrels and rats.

Roger Melen is the most discerning of fruit growers. Every year, the Los Altos Hills resident waits patiently as his treasured Bing cherry trees blossom and the flowers morph into tiny red bulbs that grow plump and juicy. He harvests only when the fruit develops a deep maroon sheen and a slight tenderness.

Melen’s crop was just a week shy of perfection when he left town for Memorial Day weekend last year. Upon his return, he discovered both trees completely stripped of cherries.


Artificial turf: Friend or foe? GreenTown expert weighs in

GreenTown Los Altos is a nonprofit, grassroots organization whose mission is to “educate and inspire the community to take action that will make us more environmentally healthy and vibrant today and for future generations.” Following is a question-and-answer review of artificial turf.


Skating coach shares secrets of Olympic champ's success with Rotarians

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Los Altos Rotary President Kendra Gjerseth and Rotarian David Smith flank ice-skating coach and manager Linda Leaver, a Los Altos Hills resident who discussed her decades-long career in the sport.

Linda Leaver, internationally renowned ice-skating coach and agent for skaters, discussed her experiences managing ice-skating legend Brian Boitano during a June 11 appearance at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

In guiding Boitano’s career, Leaver became the first female to coach a male skater. Local athlete Boitano won the gold medal in men’s figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Rotary Club member Lina Broydo, who witnessed Boitano’s Olympic win, discovered that she and Leaver are Los Altos Hills neighbors.


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