Mothers Against Murder takes action

Courtesy of Margaret Petros
Mothers Against Murder executive director Margaret Petros, third from left, hosts an advocacy meeting at her Los Altos home. Pictured with her, from left, are Elsa Lopez, who lost her son, Anthony, to random violence in San Jose in 2013; Rose Luerra, community advocate; and Ann Brownell, whose daughter, Amanda, hanged herself in 2009 after being bullied.

Former Silicon Valley Bank CEO Roger Smith had been retired for a few years when he and his wife became tired of the negative aspect of today’s 24/7 news cycle. They especially lamented the number of murders reported in the local newspapers every morning.

“We were sitting there, reading and bitching, and finally we said, ‘We have to quit bitching or do something,’” he said.

Museum's historical essay contest launches, open to local students

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are accepting entries for the 36th annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest from local students in grades 3-6.

This year’s theme is “Peek into Your Past.”

Rotary speakers lauded

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Rotarian Jack Kelly, left, awards Ethan Huang, a junior at Mountain View High School, a certificate for winning first place in the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ speech contest.

Four local high school students competed in the annual Rotary Club of Los Altos speech contest Jan. 16.

Ethan Huang, a junior at Mountain View High School, won first place with his speech “Magic of Connection”; Rose Liu, a sophomore at Los Altos High, took second with “Confirmation Bias”; Los Altos High senior Jiayan Luo captured third with “Strawberries”; and Franklin Ruan, a senior at Los Altos High, presented his speech “Dishwashing: My College Application.”

LA Senior Program provides free tax prep assistance

The Los Altos Senior Program has scheduled a free tax-return preparation service Monday mornings through April 13.

The Tax-Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program, and Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site since 1997.

Los Altos veterans look to preserve hall with historical designation

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Veterans William Bassett, left, and Ken Newman of American Legion Post 558 hope to preserve the American Legion Hall on First Street.

Members of the local American Legion are working with the city of Los Altos to secure a historical designation for the Legion’s 80-year-old building on First Street. Doing so would protect the structure from being sold and razed for redevelopment.

Legion Post 558 members, led by William Bassett of Los Altos, continue to hold meetings and events, and rent out space in the facility, located at 347 First St. The 3,920-square-foot American Legion Hall was built in 1940 by World War I veterans for approximately $3,300, according to Legion records.

Los Altos singer-songwriter launches new career focused on the upbeat

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In November, Los Altos resident Mary Gospe released “Time to Soar,” her newest album. Her work has been described as “new-age rock,” an amalgamation of classic pop rock and new-age sensibilities revealed in life-affirming lyrics.

After 30 years in marketing for companies like Apple, Los Altos resident Mary Gospe knew there had to be “life after tech.” So she left the corporate world two years ago and embarked on an encore career as a singer-songwriter.

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