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August 14, 2022

Lung cancer can attack without a cigarette in sight

lungs and dust
I walked out of a chemistry lab my freshman year of college, excited to call my family and update them on my newfound independence. What greeted me on the other line was not exciting news, however, it was news that crushed my soul.  “Kaitlyn,” my grandmother...

Launch of SPENGA fitness studio in Los Gatos puts spotlight on healthy living

Tin Tin Wisniewski says she’s hooked on working out at the new SPENGA fitness studio on Los Gatos Boulevard.
Cheers rang out from a group of young women at the sparkling fitness studio in northern Los Gatos, May 25. One of them, 36-year-old Cibele Menezes, had just received word from the SPENGA head office in Chicago they’d officially certified her to teach at their...

Anguish and gratitude at memorial for 2021 mass shooting victims

Sheriff salutes VTA CEO
As radio commentators on Silicon Valley airwaves analyzed the latest mass shooting in Texas, local officials gathered outside a mental health facility in San Jose to mark the year that’s passed since the one that happened on Valley Transportation Authority property. On May 26, 2021,...

Child sex crimes case put on hold for Los Gatos baker

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay
The criminal case against a man who ran an artisianal bakery in Los Gatos and is accused of several child sex offenses has been paused as the court decides if he’s mentally fit to stand trial. Ali Asghar Shemirani has been charged with three felonies...

Q&A: VITAS Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer on end-of-life care planning

Joseph Shega VITAS Healthcare headshot
Los Gatos has been intensely focused on surveying its population and making plans for the days to come, whether that's through the General Plan update that's underway, the community survey released this week at Council or the study of senior preferences that was recently...

After 11th-hour tweaks, contentious senior living project nearly wins over Council

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Despite the Planning Commission’s 7-0 push for the denial of Covia Communities’ Los Gatos Meadows senior living project, the developer’s initial reluctance to heed calls to include affordable units and Town staff’s own recommendation that Council reject the proposal, elected officials nearly approved it,...

How the Palms swayed its way through the pandemic

fish dish
While Tuesday is frequently a day off for restaurant industry workers, April 5 was actually quite a hectic one for Tony Loeffler, general manager of the Palms restaurant. The day’s schedule included deep cleaning in the kitchen, and manifesting an Easter buffet brunch—among myriad other...

Retired teacher gets hands-on with crayon charity

volunteer melting crayons
After Los Gatos resident Kathy Bays retired from a long career as a special education instructor and school administrator, she had some time to clean out the closets full of her kids’ old stuff. She ended up with two shoeboxes full of old crayons to...

Los Gatos Planning Commission slams proposal for town’s tallest building

Flags fly outside Los Gatos Meadows
Los Gatos Planning Commissioners voted not to support a developer’s proposal to rebuild the Los Gatos Meadows seniors complex at 110 Wood Road as exclusive residences for the most affluent. At their regularly-scheduled Jan. 13 meeting, they unanimously gave the thumbs-down to a project that...

Doctor says Valley Physicians Group helped her survive pandemic

getting her 1st vaccine
Just as the world was shutting down with the arrival of SARS-CoV-2, a Brazilian doctor named Carlos R. Degrandi Oliveira, penned an article in a peer-reviewed journal that sounded the alarm about a little-discussed at-risk group—anesthesiologists.  On top of day-to-day dangers, such as ionizing radiation,...