Literature expert highlights Shakespeare's enduring legacy


Professor Emeritus Elliot Engel explained the enduring legacy of William Shakespeare in his April 2 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Shakespeare 400 Years Later: More Alive than Ever.”

“Although Shakespeare died in 1616, he is the greatest person who picked up a pen and wrote,” Engel said. “He’s our greatest writer and always will be. Because Shakespeare wrote plays, he wanted his words to roll over us as we listened to them.”

Loyola station participates in Leukemia & Lymphoma Society challenge

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Tiffany Woods of the Loyola Fire Station makes it to the top of Seattle’s Columbia Center.

Last month, 28 members of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, including two firefighters who work in Los Altos, participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge.

Logun Fagundes and Tiffany Woods of the Loyola Fire Station were among the 2,000 firefighters from throughout the world who climbed 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s Columbia Center – the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi – wearing their full turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Monet devotee set to show work at Open Studios

Courtesy of Cathy Zander
Cathy Zander will be displaying works such as the piece above during the Silicon Valley Open Studios tours next month.

Los Altos resident Cathy Zander developed a love of art at an early age. She grew up in Ohio and as a child would regularly visit the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Now an accomplished painter, Zander is set to participate in the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios tours, held during the first three weekends in May. The tours feature hundreds of artists opening their homes and studios to the public to view their artwork.

National Charity League Stanford Hills recognizes Class of 2019

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National Charity League’s Stanford Hills chapter honored the mothers and daughters in the service organization’s Class of 2019 March 23. Pictured, front row, from left: Rashmi Sinha, Arushi Sahai, Barbara Poyer, Whitney Poyer, Abby Kaplan, Paige Kaplan, Aimee Truscott and Jane Truscott. Second row: Julie Lunn, Morgan Lunn, Pam Critchfield, Susan Critchfield, Hannah Sheridan and Kathleen O’Rourke. Third row: Lisa Newton, Ellie Newton, Erika Krugler, Ellie Krugler, Grace Carlson and Cathy Carlson. Fourth row: Karen Lowe, Lauren Lowe, Bridget Tuomala and Carolyn Tuomala. Back: Ally Polverari, Stephanie Polverari, Catherine Cassani, Linda Wong, Madison Horn and Jill Horn.

The National Charity League Stanford Hills Class of 2019 celebrated the culmination of six years of mother-daughter philanthropy, leadership and cultural learning during its 32nd annual Senior Recognition Event March 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

At the event, each senior shared reflections on her six years in NCL that included tributes to the mother-daughter bond and their shared community service partnership. Many of the young women noted the NCL experience as more than “good deeds” and described it as a life-changing commitment.

Affordable-housing advocates hold forum, explore concept of home sharing in Los Altos

Seeking solutions to a pressing problem, the Los Altos Affordable Housing Working Group hosted the forum “Home Sharing in Los Altos: How It Works and Benefits to Homeowners” last week at the Los Altos main library.

The group touted home sharing as a way to use existing resources to expand opportunities for affordable housing, estimating that there are 13,000 homes in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, many with two or more spare bedrooms.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Family papers reveal Jim Crow restrictions in early Los Altos

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The Chapman family home is under construction in Los Altos, in 1948. The late Ashley Chapman’s ghostly shadow can be seen in the photo, lower left.

In a pile of old family paperwork, I found the deed to the lot my parents bought in Los Altos in the 1940s. This deed uncovered a great deal more than family history.

Because there was very little civilian housing built in the United States during World War II, it was difficult for my parents to find a home when my father took a job at Ames in 1947. He and my mother rented a room in Palo Alto and had to share a bathroom and kitchen with other boarders. They decided to build a house in Los Altos.

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