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May 18, 2024
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Retired teacher gets hands-on with crayon charity

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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...

Fighting fentanyl: Mother honors son with Jolly10K run

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Leslie Gentry has a smile that’s so infectious it can lift your spirits even on a bad day. It hurts to think that the 50-year-old comic book store office manager could have lost a child to fentanyl. But that’s what happened—her 22-year-old son Jolly Jones...

Lung cancer can attack without a cigarette in sight

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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...

How the Palms swayed its way through the pandemic

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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...

Good Samaritan named one of America’s 250 best hospitals

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The large medical center at the northern gateway to Los Gatos recently did better than just getting a clean bill of health, in an industry survey. It was rated a top medical performer. According to U.S. health-specialist tracker Healthgrades, Good Samaritan Hospital, the acute-care facility...

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

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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...

Nonprofit to test heart health of student athletes

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A Los Gatos nonprofit started by the family of a teenager who died unexpectedly has launched a partnership with the Campbell Union High School District to test the hearts of some students. On June 16, the District voted to require heart screenings for 9th and...

Los Gatos High principal recalls helpless moments cradling student overdosing on opioid

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Los Gatos High School Principal Kevin Buchanan felt helpless on the third day of the 2021 school year. It wasn't the typical first-week-back chaos. Instead, Buchanan was sitting on the ground, cradling the body of a student—watching their face turn white, their body clammy,...

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and Los Gatos community members have played key roles in getting the word out about the disease, helping secure critical funding for lifesaving research in the process. Eighty-two-year-old Diane Borrison, a 15-year survivor, says pancreatic cancer is one of...

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,...