Rotary speakers lauded

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Rotarian Jack Kelly, left, awards Ethan Huang, a junior at Mountain View High School, a certificate for winning first place in the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ speech contest.

Four local high school students competed in the annual Rotary Club of Los Altos speech contest Jan. 16.

Ethan Huang, a junior at Mountain View High School, won first place with his speech “Magic of Connection”; Rose Liu, a sophomore at Los Altos High, took second with “Confirmation Bias”; Los Altos High senior Jiayan Luo captured third with “Strawberries”; and Franklin Ruan, a senior at Los Altos High, presented his speech “Dishwashing: My College Application.”

LA Senior Program provides free tax prep assistance

The Los Altos Senior Program has scheduled a free tax-return preparation service Monday mornings through April 13.

The Tax-Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program, and Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site since 1997.

Los Altos veterans look to preserve hall with historical designation

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Veterans William Bassett, left, and Ken Newman of American Legion Post 558 hope to preserve the American Legion Hall on First Street.

Members of the local American Legion are working with the city of Los Altos to secure a historical designation for the Legion’s 80-year-old building on First Street. Doing so would protect the structure from being sold and razed for redevelopment.

Legion Post 558 members, led by William Bassett of Los Altos, continue to hold meetings and events, and rent out space in the facility, located at 347 First St. The 3,920-square-foot American Legion Hall was built in 1940 by World War I veterans for approximately $3,300, according to Legion records.

Los Altos singer-songwriter launches new career focused on the upbeat

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In November, Los Altos resident Mary Gospe released “Time to Soar,” her newest album. Her work has been described as “new-age rock,” an amalgamation of classic pop rock and new-age sensibilities revealed in life-affirming lyrics.

After 30 years in marketing for companies like Apple, Los Altos resident Mary Gospe knew there had to be “life after tech.” So she left the corporate world two years ago and embarked on an encore career as a singer-songwriter.

Los Altos announces awards of emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently awarded its 2019-2020 Community & Emergency Preparedness Grants.

“This latest grant cycle brought in two newly registered Block Action Teams, and over half of the neighborhoods were new grant applicants,” said Ann Hepenstal, community emergency preparedness coordinator. “We’re excited to see each neighborhood’s plans in improving their resiliency and emergency preparedness, and to provide the motivation and funding for these ideas.”

Larry Jr.'s life lessons learned in 'Pork Buns'

As a veteran teacher, Norma Slavit sensed that Larry Chu Jr.’s childhood stories could provide valuable lessons to young people about embracing family values and handling challenges. So she pursued them, meeting with him once a week last year to learn about what life was like growing up as a member of an iconic Silicon Valley family.

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Larry Chu Jr., from left, poses with younger brother Jon and mother Ruth at a special event for director Jon’s successful 2018 film, “Crazy Rich Asians.” Larry Jr.’s childhood is fondly recalled in Norma Slavit’s new book, “Pork Buns and High-Fives.”

The result is Slavit’s newly released, self-published book, “Pork Buns and High-Fives,” a middle-school-level read that chronicles Larry Jr.’s ups and downs from kindergarten to adulthood.

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