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Los Altos residents cite breakthrough in treatment for deadly infant disease

Courtesy of Marge Shively
More than 20 supporters of spinal muscular atrophy research stuffed envelopes for the annual walk and donation request. Volunteers included, front row, from left: Marilyn Martin, Judy William and Marge Shively. Back: Ann Werry, Betty McMahon, Kayla McMahon, Lois Rosenblum, Jane Halligan, Pat Wolff and Barbara Mordo.

When Los Altos residents Marge and Jim Shively’s granddaughter, Jessica, was born with spinal muscular atrophy 15 years ago, there was no treatment for the debilitating disease.

Over the past decade, advances have been made and treatment for SMA is now available, thanks in part to the efforts of Cure SMA, a nonprofit organization aimed at fighting the disease. The drug Spinraza, offered through Biogen Inc., received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval last December.

Train Days pulls into LA museum Sept. 16, 17

Courtesy of Kristen Fuller
Young visitors at a past Train Days event watch as a model train rounds the track.

The Los Altos History Museum’s annual Train Days event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept 16 and 17 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Designed to celebrate model railroading, the event will include elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes, engines and theme cars complete with steam, lights and sound. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their trains and layouts and field questions about their mechanics, electronics and history.

LAH hosts family campout this weekend at Purissima Park


After seeing it work in another Bay Area city, Sarah Robustelli thought an overnight campout would be a hit with Los Altos Hills families as well. The town’s community services supervisor will soon find out if she’s right.

The inaugural Los Altos Hills Family Campout is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday at Purissima Park.

Pet Pause: Hot dogs – how to avoid heatstroke in your pets


The weather in this area is as perfect as it gets for being outdoors at any time of day, on any day of the year. So when warm weather comes, the effects on our pets can come as a surprise, especially on a midday hike in the hills or traveling to a warmer area.

Mountain View Community Center redo begins next month, runs through 2019

Rendering courtesy of city of Mountain View
The city of Mountain View plans to expand its community center, adding 6,000 square feet to the facility and a new social hall accommodating up to 250 guests.

The city of Mountain View is scheduled to begin renovating the Mountain View Community Center Monday.

In preparation for the project, the community center is set to close Saturday and reopen in early 2019, according to city officials.

Human trafficking prevalent in Bay Area, speaker tells Kiwanis Club

Courtesy of Frances Byrne
Concert pianist John Baeg is set to headline a concert fundraiser for Freedom House Aug. 26 at Bridges Commmunity Church in Los Altos.

While many local residents don’t see it here, human trafficking occurs throughout the Bay Area, Frances Byrne of Freedom House told members of the Los Altos Kiwanis Club last week.

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