Food drive nets 115 bags for Boys & Girls Clubs

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Christopher Dodd’s recent food drive generated more than 115 bags of food for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

As COVID-19 continues to affect families across the country, many young people are stepping up to help their communities by tutoring online, donating to charities and – in fourth-grader Christopher Dodd’s case – organizing a food drive.

Local resident collects trash while hiking at Rancho San Antonio

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Joanie Blefari does her part to keep Rancho San Antonio preserve clean.

When Rancho San Antonio regular Joanie Blefari noticed an increase in trash at the county park since the COVID-19 epidemic began, she took action.
The retired nurse started picking up litter on her hikes at the park, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Since April, Blefari has brought along a Grip’n Grab Reach Tool – a stick with a pincher to help her grab items – to collect the trash.

History Museum tribute fundraiser honors major longtime contributor

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Former Los Altos mayors, from left, Marge Bruno  and Jane Reed participate in a recent event.

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a fundraiser in honor of Jane Reed, a key museum supporter and former Los Altos mayor, for her decades-long commitment to helping preserve the Los Altos story. All funds raised will support the Changing Exhibits Program that Reed spearheaded for 15 years.

Conservation fund honors Los Altos victims of dive boat disaster

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Kendra Chan participates in a diving exercise. 

Scott and Kendra Chan were on a trip last September doing one of their favorite things, scuba diving in the kelp forests off California’s coast, when the boat they were on caught fire and sank.

Los Altos council candidates address environmental issues

A virtual forum for Los Altos City Council candidates is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Sept. 30.

Big Trees inspire big loyalty in Los Altos

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Jeanne Basart and her husband, Ed, shared their story of “Grandpa” Doug Marshall, pictured, and the redwood tree he nurtured for 15 years in a Yuban coffee can. 

The Town Crier and GreenTown Los Altos tallied 40 entries in their Big Trees event by the time the contest closed Friday, with 15 oaks, 20 evergreens and five wild cards, including Mildred Chackerian’s magnificent pepper tree. Measuring at more than 5 meters in girth, the pepper took the prize in our Big Trees event’s “other” category (for which we also heard from a black walnut, a maple and two bay laurels). Chackerian’s tree – a relative spring chicken at perhaps 70 years old – was once the winter home of a long-eared owl and has housed or fed titmice, cedar waxwings, robins, sapsuckers, bushtits, chickadees, bees and squirrels in its time – and provided Chackerian with a wholesome volume of exercise tending to its shedding leaves, berries and twigs.

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