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Stanford radio station seeks pandemic stories

Stanford University’s radio station, 90.1FM KZSU, seeks local participants for The Quarantine Chronicle, a virtual video-journalism project documenting people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pan- demic.

To share experiences, send a video narrative to the station’s “Modern Education” radio show, or request to be interviewed. Submissions will be included in the documentary or shared via KZSU’s social media and podcast platforms.

City cancels in-person programs in favor of online summer options

The city of Los Altos has canceled all in-person recreation summer offerings in favor of virtual alternatives.

In a May 6 statement, city officials said they made the decision “for the safety of the community and city staff.” Santa Clara County’s COVID-19-induced shelter-in-place order is extended through May 31, but observers predict limited or no permitted mass gatherings in the months ahead.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Bing Crosby in Los Altos – lost photo unearthed after six decades

Courtesy of Jim Shattock
Oscar winner Bing Crosby poses, circa 1961, with a plaque created for him by the city of Los Altos. The photo, signed by Bing, suffered damage – to his nose and his hand – from being left on the floor of a tool closet at Hillview Community Center.


Back in February, I reported on the forgotten connection between actor-crooner Bing Crosby and the Los Altos Youth Center. In addition to his spectacular, multimedia career, Bing, who died in 1977, was a quiet philanthropist who donated more than $1 million to youth centers all over California. In 1959, he wrote a check for $10,000 to help start construction of the Los Altos Youth Center, now known as LAYC.

Local families join forces with laundromats to help those in need

Courtesy of Polly Liu
Seven South Bay families joined forces with laundromats in Mountain View and San Jose to launch Free Laundry Friends. They have raised nearly $25,000 through GoFundMe to cover expenses for hospital custodial staff and low-income families.

While many local residents are supporting underserved members of the community by donating to food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic, one group is providing what Polly Liu called “an often-overlooked” service to those in need – laundry.

The Lius are among seven South Bay families that have partnered with laundromats in Mountain View and San Jose to launch Free Laundry Friends. They have raised nearly $25,000 through GoFundMe to cover the laundry expenses of hospital custodial staff and low-income families.

Doctor offers Los Altos Rotarians advice on staying safe amid pandemic


Dr. Paul S. Auerbach, emergency medicine physician and professor emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine, answered questions posed by Rotarians at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ virtual Zoom meeting last month.

Following is a selection of members’ questions and Auerbach’s responses.

Confronting Domestic Violence: Did the sound of husband's car drive her to drink?


This is the fifth in a six-part series on victims of domestic violence who must continue to live with their abusers during the quarantine.

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