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Symphony back in black as embezzlement case continues


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Supporters rallied to rebuild Peninsula Symphony’s funding this year, holding together a music nonprofit that performs in parks and local schools as well as concert halls.

The former executive director of Los Altos’ Peninsula Symphony is expected back in court July 16 for a plea hearing in his alleged misuse of the nonprofit organization’s funds.

Stephen Jay Carlton, charged with embezzlement, grand theft and tax evasion, was arrested in February – six months after board members discovered that the symphony’s two bank accounts were nearly empty.

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Rise in infected mosquitoes triggers local fogging


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Areas of Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, in green, were scheduled to undergo fogging this week to stop the spread of West Nile virus.

The bite of summer’s notorious insect – the mosquito – is potentially packing a bigger punch this year. Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have popped up in the area, prompting the Santa Clara County Vector Control District to take steps to prevent the transmission from insect to human.

After responding to the report of a dead crow, a bird prone to West Nile virus, near the intersection of Fremont and Mary avenues in Sunnyvale, district officials confirmed the presence of the virus in mosquitoes at collection sites in Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale last week. The district authorized an Ultra Low Volume fogging of insecticides Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s deadline – over a 1-mile radius that included parts of Los Altos and Mountain View.

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Symphony to end bumpy season on high note


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Peninsula Symphony closes out its season with a free concert in Los Altos Saturday.

Peninsula Symphony is scheduled to perform its final concert of the season 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday on the Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. The free performance is part of the city’s annual Summer Concert Series.

Comprising 105 volunteer musicians, the symphony will perform a program with the theme “Way Out West,” featuring popular songs from famous Western productions like Richard Rodgers’ “Oklahoma!” and Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo.” According to organizers, the musicians will sport cowboy hats and bandannas to support the theme and create a fun, family environment. Despite their casual appearance at the laid-back event, interim Executive Director Andrea Temkin said the symphony’s repertoire is “actually one of their more challenging programs.”

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Boardwalk bids farewell: Los Altos staple closes after 38 years


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Patrons party at The Boardwalk on the Los Altos’ mainstay’s final night in business.

Los Altos’ go-to spot for children’s birthday parties, postgame celebrations and the late-night crowd is no more. After 38 years of operation, The Boardwalk closed its doors June 4.

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Backyard brush has potential to spark fires


Courtesy of CalFire
Regional brush and weed abatement programs encourage home- owners to create defensible spaces, illustrated above. Clearing debris can prevent fires from spreading to adjacent properties.

Drought has accelerated the start of fire season, prompting authorities to issue a reminder to local residents: Don’t brush aside the responsibility of keeping yards free of dangerous fuels that could feed flames.

“It’s starting much earlier than last year,” said Duffy Price, president of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District. “We want to make sure that all of Los Altos Hills and the unincorporated areas take it seriously.”

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New nonprofit aims to elevate schools dialogue

Local residents have launched a nonprofit organization that vows to promote strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and transparency in the Los Altos School District.

Comprising parents and other voting residents in the district, Each Student Counts defines itself as a 501(c)(4) organization – a nonprofit, tax-exempt group formed to promote social welfare causes or local associations. The designation is typically given to civic leagues and political action committees.

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