Santa Clara Valley Lives: WWII aircraft speak of courage on 75th anniversary of D-Day

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Historian Robin Chapman prepares to take a flight in “Witchcraft,” a restored World War II bomber. The Allies flew more than 2,000 bombers on D-Day, 75 years ago this month.

This June marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II. Overlord is the largest amphibious invasion in history and it began on D-Day – June 6, 1944.

“I remember it well,” said Chester “Chet” Clark, 82, of Los Altos. “I was 7 years old and I used to sit on my father’s lap and read the war news with him. I remember asking him what the ‘D’ meant.”

Cut out of work for First Friday photo fun

First Friday chairwomen Jamie Lucia, left, and Carol Garsten test out a disco dancing cutout that will be featured with others at Friday’s event in downtown Los Altos.


June’s First Friday festivities will feature cutouts for Instagram opportunities 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Five-foot-high cardboard cutouts placed around Main and State streets will encourage participants to take photos of friends and family as a bottle of beer, a hot dog and disco dancers. Attendees can spread the word about First Friday by posting photos on social media channels and tagging “Downtown Los Altos First Friday.” The three people with the most “likes” on their posts will win a prize package filled with First Friday swag.

LA museum exhibition explores history of gadgets


The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Gadgets Galore! Transforming the American Household,” highlights how gadgets from alarm clocks to coffeemakers, cellphones and cameras originated and came to play such an integral role in daily life.

Confronting Domestic Violence : Overcoming the death of a dream

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

Over time, if an abuse victim keeps a secret journal, she may begin to discern patterns – how intimate occasions are often spoiled, how her partner is typically missing in action or resentful or angry when she is ill or needs help, how even the most innocuous conversation can have landmines in it that she sometimes ends up apologizing for – even if he is clearly to blame.

Community Briefs - Week of June 5

SIR lunch features talk on social services

Sons In Retirement Los Altos Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon and presentation by Josh Selo on “Safety Net Services in Silicon Valley” 11:30 a.m. June 19 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Selo is executive director of the nonprofit West Valley Community Services.

Two local Korean War veterans lauded courtesy of Honor Flight

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Los Altos residents and Korean War veterans Roy Jones, left, and Patrick Farrell flank Honor Flight medical director Connie Johnson Sunday in Washington, D.C. Jones and Farrell were among a contingent of vets touring war memorials courtesy of the nonprofit group, which provides the trips free of charge as a way of thanking vets for their service.

Two Los Altos residents traveled to Washington, D.C., last weekend to visit veterans’ memorials, courtesy of the nonprofit Honor Flight, which provides trips to former U.S. Armed Forces members and their guardians at no cost.

Korean War vets Leroy Jones and Patrick Farrell visited the nation’s capital June 2-4. Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951, when he enlisted as an infantry officer, to 1980, when he retired as a lieutenant colonel. Farrell served in the U.S. Navy during the war from 1951 to 1954. Both Jones and Farrell are members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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