Bishop blesses 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture at Jesuit Retreat Center gardens in LA

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Dennis Young of Los Altos donated the sculpture “Homeless Jesus,” installed in the gardens of the Jesuit Retreat Center.

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose blessed the sculpture “Homeless Jesus” Sept. 29, the centerpiece of the newly renovated Loyola Gardens at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos.

“Homeless Jesus,” created by Timothy Schmalz, a Canadian sculptor, depicts Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a park bench. His face and hands are obscured, hidden under a blanket, but crucifixion wounds on his feet reveal his identity.

Music by Los Altos-raised twins featured on Wiz Khalifa's new album

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Former Egan Junior High School students Akash and Krish Chandani flank hip-hop sensation Wiz Khalifa. The twins collaborated with him on his new album.

Fame doesn’t happen overnight, but for Los Altos-raised twins Akash and Krish Chandani – also known as THEMXXNLIGHT – it essentially did.

The 22-year-old brothers, who attended Egan Junior High School, then Harker for high school, were releasing R&B music on SoundCloud as college seniors when producer Sledgren surprisingly sent them a message.

Get spooky: Local Halloween-related events start Thursday

Los Altos Spooktacular
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Participants of the 2017 Los Altos Halloween Spooktacular stroll down Main Street in search of treats. This year’s event is slated noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween is still weeks away, but local events related to the holiday are set to begin as early as Thursday. A roundup of activities follows.

Midpen Open Space District adopts climate action plan

On the heels of the recent landmark report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors approved its own climate change policy and action plan at a public meeting Oct. 10.

Volunteer work stokes young graduate's interest in global causes

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Ellie Stanton served as a volunteer for the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair earlier this year.

Los Altos resident Ellie Stanton credits her volunteer work with the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair for broadening her horizons.

Stanton, now a freshman at the University of Colorado at Boulder, helped raise more than $30,000 for the Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe. Stanton served as assistant race director at this year’s event, which took place March 25 at St. Joseph School in Mountain View.

Los Altos native promoted to commander of U.S. Second Fleet

Mass Communication Specialist First Class Gary Prill/U.S. Navy
Vice Admiral Andrew “Woody” Lewis, center, departs through the U.S. Navy’s ceremonial red carpet bullets and sideboys after recently assuming command of the U.S. Second Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

Unlike other students in his class, Andrew “Woody” Lewis did not participate in the Oath of Office ceremony held during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy. Instead, he was talking to his mother on the phone with the intention of quitting. She convinced him to stay, and the Los Altos native took the oath alone.

Thirty-three years later, Lewis is a vice admiral. In August, he was promoted to commander of the U.S. Second Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The command is responsible for naval forces that deploy from the East Coast to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. He credits the Navy’s team mentality for motivating him to continue serving.

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