TC Holiday Fund recipients 'check out'

2019 Holiday Fund Checkout
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Representatives from 20 local nonprofit organizations attended last week’s annual Town Crier Holiday Fund “check-out” event and received their checks. Los Altos Community Foundation served as the fiscal partner and helped distribute the $219,000 raised from the community. 

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley hires new artistic director


Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley recently hired Buddy James as the 75-voice choir’s new artistic director, effective July 1, when music director Gregory Wait will retire after 30 seasons.

“Buddy James is an accomplished musician and consummate educator with all the requisite skills you need as an artistic director, and a particularly good fit for Schola because he’s all about fostering and building community,” Wait said.

Forum speaker reveals 'Secret History of the iPhone'


In 2017, an Apple employee walked into work and his colleagues burst into applause for something he had done many years before. Why the applause and why today?

Music to their ears: 5 years after crisis, Peninsula Symphony thrives again

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Peninsula Symphony, led by conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein, center, is celebrating its 70th season. The symphony’s offices are located in downtown Los Altos.

Five years ago, the venerable Peninsula Symphony was in deep financial trouble, its bank accounts drained by a corrupt executive director. Many seriously questioned whether the beloved ensemble could continue.

Five years later, the answer is a resounding yes. The Los Altos-based symphony, now in its 70th year, is not only surviving, but flourishing both artistically and financially. In fact, thanks to two major benefactors, the 90-member symphony has more money in the bank now than it did prior to Steve Carlton’s well-publicized misdeeds.

Survivor of massive stroke shares story of recovery


The survivor of a massive stroke in 2000 shared his story of recovery with members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 28, praising the quick treatment he received at a Certified Stroke Center – not just “a good hospital” – as key to his survival.

In the aftermath of his stroke, Chuck Toeniskoetter helped create the Stroke Awareness Foundation’s mobile app in San Jose to save other victims. The app details the signs of a stroke, calls 911 for help, shows locations of the closest Certified Stroke Centers and texts three people identified by the phone owner of a stroke in progress – all quick, lifesaving measures.

LA resident Thurber named senate district's Woman of the Year

Courtesy of Harriette Rasmussen
Emy Thurber is all smiles as she receives her Woman of the Year award.

State Sen. Jerry Hill named Los Altos resident Emily “Emy” Thurber, who has devoted more than 50 years to public service and women’s leadership, the 2019 Woman of the Year for the 13th Senate District.

The California Legislative Women’s Caucus honored Thurber March 4 at the State Capitol in Sacramento at ceremonies celebrating the Women of Year selected by legislative representatives throughout the state.

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