Confronting Domestic Violence: Planning strategies in battle against an abuser


This is the second in a six-part series on victims of domestic violence who must continue to live with their abusers during the quarantine.

Museum documenting pandemic experiences

To document the impact of COVID-19 on the community, the Los Altos History Museum seeks stories, photos, diary entries and other materials from residents of Santa Clara County. The material and online submissions will be archived for the museum’s permanent collection and preserved for future historians, researchers and visitors.

“We want to hear how you and your loved ones are experiencing this extraordinary event. How has it disrupted your lives? How are you getting through it? How have everyday routines changed in your household?” said Amy Ellison, exhibition curator. “Our grandkids and great-grandkids will wonder what life was like during this pandemic.”

Community Briefs, Helplines, Midpen

City of Los Altos offers helplines

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services department has launched community helplines to provide Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents with COVID-19 information and resources throughout the public health crisis.

Through the Senior Connection and Community Connection helplines, city staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and connect residents with support services covering technical needs, transportation, food assistance and home activities.

Photographer brings cheer to local families during quarantine

PHOTOS BY MAUD DAUJEAN/Special to the Town Crier
Maud Daujean’s photos offer a lighthearted take on how residents are coping with the shelter-in-place order. Tom and Barbara McCarthy, left, use a measuring tape to adhere to the 6-foot rule. The Daujean family, right, marks the quarantine in tie-dye attire.

The shelter-in-place directive isn’t stopping one outgoing Los Altos photography artist from reaching out and connecting with other residents.

Maud Daujean, who last year launched a photo gallery spotlighting the lives of older adults, “Every Wrinkle Tells a Story,” is compiling a new family portrait gallery chronicling what she calls “ordinary life in an extraordinary situation.”

Pets In Need sets out to save big dogs

Courtesy of Katerina Adamos-Jardine
Nanna, estimated to be 8 years old, is among the big dogs Pets In Need has saved from euthanization this year. Nanna was adopted Feb. 20.

Pets In Need proudly bills itself as Northern California’s first no-kill shelter, and it now wants to save animals at other shelters as well.

The Redwood City-based nonprofit, which provides animal control services to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, recently launched a new program to protect big dogs slated for euthanization at other shelters. The program, Cause for Big Paws, aims to save dogs weighing in at 35 pounds or more, according to executive director Al Mollica.

Los Altos student's 'Quarantine Song' gets more than 1,000 views on YouTube


Music has always filled Gianna Gonzales’ life – her family recalls hearing her cooing and humming as a baby – and COVID-19 hasn’t put a stop to that.

The college student from Los Altos, now back at home, recently wrote a song about the importance of the state’s shelter-in-place order.

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