LAH resident's book offers tips on becoming 'Backyard Activist'


By publishing his new book, Los Altos Hills resident and activist Mark Breier hopes to move the citizens of Los Altos – and other towns – to take proper action in resolving problems they encounter in their communities.

He said the advice offered in “The Backyard Activist: 21 Tips to Mobilize Your Community, Your Town, Your World” is meant to move residents from the “perspiration stage” to the “inspiration stage” as they seek solutions.

One Warm Scarf project needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless and residents in need through her One Warm Scarf project.

Goldstein collects yarn for local seniors to knit the items, which she then delivers to homeless shelters from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

Morning Forum of Los Altos: Travel writer encourages adventure, offers tips

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Special to the Town Crier Rudy Maza addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos Jan. 16.

Travel writer Rudy Maxa regaled the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience with a whirlwind tour of travel stories and advice in his Jan. 16 presentation “The Transformational Power of Travel.”

Maxa began his travel adventures as an army brat. His father’s military career meant Rudy lived “everywhere and nowhere,” he said. That experience made him multilingual, a fluent German speaker, and bitten with the travel bug. He launched his career as a reporter and had the opportunity to start a modest program on public radio’s new Marketplace series. From a brief occasional piece, his repertoire grew and soon became a regular feature known as “The Savvy Traveler.” Currently, his programs “SmartTravels” and “Rudy Maxa’s World” are broadcast on numerous PBS stations.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Moffett museum showcases sweetheart jewelry

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Some items in Diana Parsons’ collection of military sweetheart jewelry date back to World War I, including the silver bracelet at the bottom of the photo, which lists the names of that war’s battlefields. The first pin she acquired – a tiny spoon with the “USN” emblem – is at far left.


Diana Parsons, secretary of the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum, can remember exactly when she saw her first piece of military sweetheart jewelry.

Mtn. View resident uses science, economics to write 'Artemis'

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Andy Weir

Following the success of the best-selling “The Martian” and its story of survival, Mountain View resident Andy Weir has written another science-fiction novel – a crime caper set on the moon.

“Artemis” chronicles the adventures of Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara, a Saudi Arabian woman who delivers goods and smuggles to afford the high cost of living in Artemis, the first city on the moon. When Jasmine is offered a large sum of money to assist in a heist, her involvement has unintended consequences and she gets caught up in a conspiracy to take over the city.

Los Altos donor's gift can be measured in gallons

Courtesy of Joe Grippo
Joe Grippo netted a t-shirt when he was celebrated at Stanford Blood Center earlier this month for donating his 200th pint of blood.

Los Altos resident Joe Grippo first gave blood when someone he knew was in need. A co-worker scheduled for heart surgery spurred a donation drive when Grippo was a young professional still finishing his MBA by night classes.

As he learned the process and discovered that he had a rare blood type in particularly high demand, Grippo was hooked. A few decades later, he has reached the milestone of donating 25 gallons of blood in total.

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