Friends' Books for Schools fund supports underserved schools

Books for Schools is a designated fund established by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos to pay for the books teachers purchase for their classrooms at its used-book sales.

The fund enables Friends of the Library to invite teachers from public K-8 schools to attend the sales and purchase books without having to pay for them out of their own pocket.

Confronting Domestic Violence: Abuse victims aim to find pathways to their freedom


This is the first in a five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

Rotary talk addresses end-of-life legislation

Because it can be hard to discuss death and the decisions around it, hospitals and medical staff encourage the use of advance care directives. However, many people still wonder whether their directive for a peaceful death will be respected.

The difficulty in discussing the topic prompted the Rotary Club of Los Altos to invite Kim Callinan, CEO of the nonprofit Compassion & Choices, to speak at the club’s May 2 meeting about the work her group does to improve end-of-life care options.

Lockheed Martin engineer inspires local AAUW scholars

Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
The American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek Scholars include, from left, Aliyah Ambrosio and Malia Chan from Crittenden Middle School; Sara Simpson from Blach Intermediate School; Burla Solmaz from Crittenden; and Audrey Tsai, Catherine Yao and Sabrina Yen-Ko from Egan Junior High. Not pictured: Paulina Vvendenskaya from Blach.

Annette Bianco, retired chief systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., shared her journey from earning an Associate of Arts degree from the College of San Mateo to a leading role in developing the International Space Station with an overflow audience of girls and their families at an American Association of University Women meeting May 5.

Bianco was the featured speaker at a luncheon honoring the girls selected from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto middle schools, who will attend the Grace Hopper Tech Trek Science Camp at Stanford University in the summer. Camp scholarships are funded by local branches of the AAUW and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

Rotary speaker describes panic in 1975 Vietnam,'Operation Babylift'


In 1975, frantic residents of South Vietnam sought to flee their country, under imminent takeover by North Vietnam. Thousands rushed to escape on boats, airplanes and helicopters. U.S. President Gerald Ford activated “Operation Babylift” to save as many orphaned South Vietnamese infants as possible.

In his historical novel “Struggle to Survive,” U.S. Marine Capt. William T. Yaley chronicles the panic that ensued as the South Vietnamese attempted to save themselves from capture and probable death. He described the scene to members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos at their April 25 meeting.

Los Altos resident honored as 'hero' for her commitment to foster kids

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Karen Scussel, left, reunites with her first foster child, Deborah Rutledge, who now serves in the U.S. Air Force.

Karen Scussel doesn’t have children of her own, but the unassuming business executive is a “mom” in the eyes of her foster kids.

Offering an empathetic and nonjudgmental approach, the Los Altos resident has forged strong relationships with 17 Santa Clara County foster children over her 18 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) under the nonprofit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. With Scussel as the organization’s executive director the past seven years, Child Advocates has grown and connected more CASAs with kids in need of an adult friend.

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