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Resident spins famous 'Wheel' Monday night

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Los Altos native Emily Sweet is all smiles outside the set of “Wheel of Fortune.”

Headed off to college in Los Angeles and scoping out the peculiarities of her new land, Los Altos native Emily Sweet realized that “Wheel of Fortune” was filmed near her new home. The series – America’s longest-running game show and popular beyond any prediction when it premiered in 1975 – remains one of the most-watched TV shows.

Sweet, a St. Francis High School graduate, sent in an audition tape as a freshman but didn’t hear back. Years passed. But over the summer, the now-senior at Loyola Marymount University received a call inviting her to compete for a spot in a special college edition of the show. She auditioned and was picked to represent her school.

LA resident emphasizes outreach during Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick is making an impact during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

WomenSV, her nonprofit organization, is the only Los Altos agency that helps victims of domestic violence. With a fundraiser at the end of October, she is hoping to build on five years of work, during which she has helped 550 people from around the area.

Internationally known author headlines Pathways fundraiser

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Famed author Alexander McCall Smith, left, greets Pathways Foundation Chairman Mark Kelsey after delivering the keynote address at the 26th annual “One from the Heart” breakfast fundraiser for the nonprofit Pathways Home Health & Hospice Oct. 13.

Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith wowed an audience of more than 500 with his charming keynote address Oct. 13 at Pathways Home Health & Hospice’s “One from the Heart” breakfast fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

McCall Smith, who was born in what is now Zimbabwe and makes his home in Scotland, is the author of the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series featuring the African woman detective Precious Ramotswe. His many series – including two others set in Scotland – have sold 40 million books worldwide.

Famed centenarian artist's work comes home to Los Altos

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Los Altos History Museum supporters, from left, Stefanie Midlock, Belinda Chung, Marilyn Henderson, guest curator Mark Johnson, Karen Purtich and Eleanor Watanabe celebrate the opening of the “Hau Beiren at 100” exhibition.

Centenarian Paul Hau has museums named after him in his native China and his work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and the world.

Locals lead online fundraising effort to save stray dog

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Life will go on for Cody after local residents contributed to his rescue.

Fast-food burgers are Cynthia Martin’s go-to whenever she’s faced with the unfathomable task of having to euthanize one of her family dogs. So the La Honda resident anticipated a stop at McDonald’s en route to visit the condemned German shepherd she helped pluck from the streets.

“I said, ‘I’d like to bring him by his last burger,’” Martin said, recalling her conversation with Palo Alto Animal Services Officer Cody Macartney. “He said, ‘You’re welcome to bring it by, but we’re actually not going to put him down today.’”

LA council candidates address relationships with local school districts

The six candidates running for three open seats on the five-member Los Altos City Council participated in a forum Oct. 6 at Los Altos High School. In advance of the forum, organizers prepared a series of questions for candidates to answer. The Town Crier published candidates’ answers in previous issues. Below is the final follow-up question. Candidate Jeannie Bruins passed on this week’s question due to illness.

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