Los Altos Hills Boy Scout receives $10,000 scholarship


Los Altos Hills resident Jay Bhateja, who recently graduated from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, developed many interests during his high school career, including Boy Scouts and neuroscience.

As a result of his work with the Scouts and in science, Bhateja last month received $10,000 from the Frank Livermore Trust – a local college scholarship fund – toward his education at the University of Washington.

Love is love: With help from El Camino Hospital, Santa Clara dads bring home twins

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David and Matt Siegel give their twins, Gabby and Cece, a boost in one of the neonatal intensive care unit bays at El Camino Hospital June 20.

David and Matt Siegel traveled to Mexico City in 2017 for the birth of their twin girls via surrogate. Their medical journey was fraught, but 18 months later, they’re sharing their story – and El Camino Hospital’s part in it – to help others.

Their babies – Cecelia and Gabrielle, nicknamed Cece and Gabby – were born at 32 weeks, requiring a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. Cece, who weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces at birth, was discharged first, and Gabby, 3 pounds, 4 ounces, remained in the NICU. In the predominantly Catholic country, homosexuality is openly frowned on. Only one dad was allowed in the NICU with the recovering Gabby – Matt sat with the newborn while David cared for Cece, and vice versa.

Scoutmaster touts opportunities for girls

Photo courtesy of Stephen Wu/Troop 4201
Boys Scouts of America now offers programs for girls. Girls in Los Altos Scouts BSA Troop 4103, above, raft down the river during a camping trip in Fairfax.

Girls can now participate in programs sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. Local Scoutmaster Stephen Wu outlined opportunities in the Los Altos area.

Thanks to a policy enacted in February, elementary-school-aged girls can join Cub Scouts in all-girl dens, and older girls can join all girl-troops in Scouts BSA, rebranded from the former Boy Scouts of America.

Sunday's STEM Fair at museum combines apricots and science

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Last year’s Apricot STEM Fair proved a big hit for the Los Altos History Museum, drawing more than 700 visitors.

Blending past and present, a free event that combines Los Altos’ agricultural roots with its current role as an area of innovation is scheduled Sunday at the Los Altos History Museum.

The second Apricot STEM Fair is slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Morning Forum season ends with ode to George Gershwin

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
Dr. Richard Kogan gets a warm reception from the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience following his June 4 appearance.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos’ 69th year ended on a musical note June 4 with Dr. Richard Kogan’s presentation on “The Mind and Music of George Gershwin.”

A graduate of Juilliard and Harvard Medical School, Kogan is clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. The Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.” Through his lecture-recitals, he examines the lives of great composers through the lens of a psychiatrist.

Local Young Men's Service League Rancho Chapter honors members

Courtesy of Chris Shum Photography
Members of the Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter gather last month at the organization’s Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet.

The Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter held its end-of-year Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet last month at the Sunnyvale Community Center, honoring members who have performed community service.

YMSL is a four-year program for mothers and their high school-aged sons, spanning grades 9-12. The Rancho Chapter, founded in 2015 by 10 Los Altos moms interested in engaging their sons in community service, boasts 201 members. The boys and their moms have provided thousands of hours of community service to more than 30 local groups.

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