El Camino Hospital nurse fosters kittens with special needs

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Courtesy of Diane Foxen
Diane Foxen takes care of sick infants as a nurse, as well as kittens, above, with special needs.

Most days, Diane Foxen works 12-hour shifts as a nurse caring for sick infants in the neonatal intensive-care unit at either El Camino Hospital or Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. When she returns home, her day is far from over – Foxen has kittens to care for.

Los Altos History Museum goes on the road to honor volunteers

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Longtime museum volunteer Pinky Whelan displays her award outside her home.

The Los Altos History Museum took to the road to honor 14 nominees for Volunteer of the Year for its annual appreciation event. The museum usually holds the awards ceremony in its garden courtyard, inviting all 180 volunteers, but with shelter-in-place guidelines restricting large gatherings, the museum changed plans.

Los Altos resident Davis masters art of volunteering

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Courtesy of Apala Egan
Jan Davis of Los Altos displays her artwork.

The twin passions of longtime Los Altos resident Jan Davis are art and community service.
She grew up in town, attending Almond, Egan Junior High, Los Altos High and Foothill College. She earned a degree in graphic design from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Her interest in art developed early – she enjoyed painting as a child, and in high school taught art to children.

Scout leader, local Cub Pack sing praises of health-care workers in original song

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Courtesy of Kathy Engle
Courtesy of Kathy Engle Led by den leader Jennie Crook, members of Cub Scout Pack 33 in Los Altos perform “Social Distance Hug” on YouTube.

As a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 33 in Los Altos, Jennie Crook has been balancing home schooling, Scout activities and epidemiology in the age of COVID-19. Crook earned a doctorate in epidemiology and advanced degrees in biostatistics, but she stepped away from the profession to raise her family.

Local hams tackle silly scenarios, but serious about emergency readiness

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Courtesy of Trevor Madsen
FEMA Youth Preparedness Council representative Nicolas Bremeau, right, participates in a ham radio operator drill in Los Altos in January.

During the annual Kiwanis Pet Parade in Los Altos, ham radio operators typically set up a command center as volunteers fan out around the downtown area to provide communications support and practice their amateur radio skills.

Mayors reflect on local responses to COVID crisis

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The first virtual meeting of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Cities event Friday featured the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills describing how their communities have been persevering during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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