Los Altos donor's gift can be measured in gallons

Courtesy of Joe Grippo
Joe Grippo netted a t-shirt when he was celebrated at Stanford Blood Center earlier this month for donating his 200th pint of blood.

Los Altos resident Joe Grippo first gave blood when someone he knew was in need. A co-worker scheduled for heart surgery spurred a donation drive when Grippo was a young professional still finishing his MBA by night classes.

As he learned the process and discovered that he had a rare blood type in particularly high demand, Grippo was hooked. A few decades later, he has reached the milestone of donating 25 gallons of blood in total.

New ID sends residents back to the DMV

Real ID
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
California’s DMV started accepting applications for REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards last week.

A new federal requirement invalidating many state driver’s licenses at the airport has put local travelers on a timeline: head to the Department of Motor Vehicles sometime in the next two years for a new kind of license, or get used to carrying a passport on even domestic trips.

California’s DMV started accepting applications for REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards last week. The new licenses meet updated federal security standards by requiring applicants to appear, in person, bearing three different pieces of evidence regarding their identity, residency and citizenship.

Community Briefs

Schola Cantorum hosts Valentine’s sing-along

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has scheduled a Valentine’s-themed group sing-along 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Led by Dawn Reyen, Schola Cantorum’s assistant conductor, the sing-along will feature lyrics projected on a screen.

Los Altos History Museum winging it with new bird exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway,” is scheduled to open Thursday and run through April 1.

The display chronicles the story of birds – their beauty, their biology, their migrations and their ecosystems. Curated by professors from the UC Davis School of Design, the exhibition is inspired by the natural instinct of birds to travel thousands of miles up and down the western edge of North America. According to organizers, it “celebrates the beauty of flight and the magnificence of avian wing design” through whimsical artistic installations and delves into the loss of habitat that has threatened migration.

MTC volunteer inspires students to see possibilities and 'don't settle'


Mentor Tutor Connection helps underserved children and teens reach their potential by providing tutors and mentors in Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

The nonprofit organization, a Town Crier Holiday fund recipient, offers academic tutoring for elementary and middle school students. At the high school level, the program phases in a mentoring component.

Man's good deed results in safety improvements at downtown bank

Wells Fargo Safety Measures
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
Philip Hordiner stands at the spot where he saw a couple fall in early November. He holds a railing that was installed in the wake of the accident.

One day in early November, Los Altos resident Philip Hordiner was crossing Edith Avenue into downtown when he saw an elderly couple on the ground in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank at 100 Main St.

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