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Barbara Emerich: Longtime Los Altos resident was dedicated advocate for schools, children


Barbara Emerich, longtime Los Altos resident and prominent advocate for social justice, died Oct. 7 after a short illness. She was 96.

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Downtown celebration set for Friday

November’s First Friday event, scheduled 6-8 p.m. in downtown Los Altos, will include live entertainment, children’s activities, extended store hours and special promotions.

Friday’s event will feature discounts on merchandise and services; restaurant happy hours; and Club 55, the pop-up club for residents 55 and up, on the back patio at the Costume Bank at 169 State St. The club will offer wine tasting and appetizers.

National MS Society receives $3 million from Los Altos resident Edward Dowd

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo visits with Edward Dowd.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has received what representatives called “a significant, life-changing gift” from Los Altos resident Edward Dowd.

The gift will establish the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, enabling some patients to continue living in their homes.

Spooky Stories 2016

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Visually impaired raise cane to promote awareness in Los Altos

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Sarah Hudson, left – with Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, deputy chief of staff of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins – support the cause at the Oct. 19 gathering in Veterans Community Plaza.

Members of the visually impaired community gathered Oct. 19 in downtown Los Altos to recognize White Cane Awareness Day, an initiative that promotes safety for the blind and honors those who sacrificed their sight in service to the country.

Many veterans were among the 50 or so supporters who convened at the recently renamed Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets.

They're looking for a few good men (and women)

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Members of this year’s Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee include, from left, Jerry Tomanek, John Cardoza, Morvari Ahi, Rebecca Hickman, Patty Radlo, Gary Waldeck, Jean Mordo, Dennis Young and Ben Gikis. Not pictured are members Sunita Mehta, Paul Nyberg and Ed Infante.

The Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 34th annual awards through Monday.

The cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have joined forces on the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. Nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards since the recognition’s inception.

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