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Cpl. Corey Dabney/Special to the Town Crier
Maj. Benjamin Closs, back turned to the camera, leads a Marine Corps training exercise Aug. 3.

Los Altos native Maj. Benjamin Closs is currently serving as the intelligence deputy with the I Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Closs led participants Aug. 3 in a large-scale exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The exercise involved strengthening relationships with allies while ensuring that the Marine brigade could rapidly respond to crises around the globe.


Local flutist takes award

Los Altos resident Apoorva Rangan won first place in the High School Flute Soloist competition during the National Flute Association’s annual convention, held Aug. 7-10 in Chicago.

The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. It comprises approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries.




Garden Club awards scholarship

Veronica Evans received the 2014 Garden Club of Los Altos scholarship.

Evans, a full-time student at Foothill College who takes four night classes, is pursuing an Associate in Science degree in environmental horticulture and design.



Abilities United hires new executive director

The Abilities United Board of Directors selected Charlie Weidanz to serve as the nonprofit organization’s executive director, effective June 30.

Weidanz, longtime head of two Bay Area YMCAs, brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the position. He replaces longtime Executive Director Lynda Steele, who recently retired.


Los Altos Girl Scouts wage campaign against ocean pollution

Courtesy of Troop 61015
Troop 61015 members gather at Seacliff State Beach. Front row, from left: Megan Apfelberg, Kiran Mahn, Elizabeth Barnett, Vivian Hanna, Marie Godderis, Annelisa Fache, Isabel Berny and Kavya Ramamurthy. Back: Anooshkha Shetty, Sophie Ashley, Valentina Chang, Sarah Rashed, Annie Specker, Olivia Pye, Shreya Kuthiala, Maddie Elkin, Olivia Colace, Arya Sastry, park ranger Christina Chettachini and Kaila Crawford.

Los Altos Junior Girl Scout Troop 61015 focused on ocean pollution for our Bronze Award Project. The Bronze Award is the highest recognition a Junior Girl Scout can earn. We are trying to raise awareness about ocean pollution and how it harms the animals that live in and near the ocean.

During February and March, we cleaned up many beaches, including Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, Davenport and Seacliff. Over spring break, some of us cleaned up local creeks that lead to San Francisco Bay in addition to the beaches we visited in Hawaii.


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