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It’s summer – the time when the major networks’ prime-time shows, for the most part, go on hiatus, leaving even more time to catch up on streaming and online shows on your watch lists.

SJSU president tells Rotary she's proud of legacy, focused on future

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San Jose State President Mary Papazian addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos June 22.

Newly inaugurated San Jose State University President Mary A. Papazian offered an enthusiastic assessment of “the oldest public university in the West” during a June 22 presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Altos, emphasizing the university’s focus on a successful future.

Papazian, appointed July 1, 2016, before taking office May 4, pointed to San Jose State’s deep roots in the area, dating back to its 1857 founding. She asked Rotarians who were either Spartan alums or had family members who attended the school to stand. Approximately half of the people in the room stood up.

Couple donates $250K to Humane Society SV

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Judy and George Marcus attend the recent Fur Ball with their canine companions. 

Los Altos Hills resident Judy Marcus had four dates for the recent Fur Ball gala supporting Humane Society Silicon Valley: husband George and their three dogs, Zoey, Peppy and Coco.

The Marcuses, who adopted all three dogs from the Humane Society, donated $250,000 to the nonprofit organization at April’s Fur Ball fundraiser in Atherton. That’s the most anyone has ever donated at the Fur Ball, which generated a record $2.6 million in its 14th year. The money supports its “Paint a Better Future” campaign aimed at preventing unwanted births, treating at-risk pets, finding homes for animals and educating owners.

LAH resident optimistic in wake of Japan city rebuilt after earthquake and tsunami

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Los Altos Hills resident Nobuko Saito Cleary participates in a tree-planting ceremony in the earthquake-ravaged town of Rikuzentakata. 

When a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan six years ago, Los Altos Hills resident Nobuko Saito led a local relief effort.

The victims in the devastated area did not forget. Saito Cleary, member of the U.S.-Japan Council, was recently invited to visit one of the hardest-hit cities, Rikuzentakata, where she participated in a ceremonial tree-planting ceremony and witnessed a city almost completely rebuilt.

Honoring historical homes

Five Los Altos residents recently received plaques acknowledging their homes’ historical status. Three of the homeowners attended a ceremony at the Los Altos History Museum June 5, where Nomi Trapnell, chairwoman of the Los Altos Historical Commission, recognized and thanked them for their commitment to preserving the historical character of their homes. The owners of more than 40 Los Altos homes have now received such plaques. The homes this year included a 1905 farmhouse, a 1913 Craftsman and a 1920 Colonial. The homeowners shared a few personal stories about the history of their homes at the event. Pictured are, front row, from left: Janis Ahmadjian-Baer, Pam Walker, Trapnell, Margo Horn and Sara and William Acevedo. Back: Larry Lang, John Walker, Daniil Reouk and Qing Bai.

Mtn. View named finalist for National Recreation and Park Association award

The National Recreation and Park Association named the city of Mountain View’s Community Services Department a finalist for a National Gold Medal Award for the second consecutive year.

“We are very excited and humbled by the recognition as a finalist member for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Gold Medal Award,” said J.P. de la Montaigne, the city’s community services director.

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