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February 28, 2024
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My wild road map for older adult services

Jeffrey Blum
The Community Health and Senior Service Commission (CHSSC) is implementing year one of the road map to improve the lives of older adults in Los Gatos. As CHSSC’s chairperson, my position presumably affords me some latitude to “tongue in cheek,” think outside the box and...

Handyperson Jeff goes to work with Rebuilding Together

Jeffrey Blum
My dad was an all-around handyperson. He had a well-equipped work room in our basement and the knack to take on and complete difficult home improvement projects, such as installing a central air conditioning system, vents and all, to cool our entire house.  Sadly, I...

Alliance: Leaders need to do better job on housing plan

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I mentioned in the article, “Group says Town needs to add more sites to housing list” (Los Gatan, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2023), that I thought the leadership, two mayors and the Town Manager have failed us for the past two years. They had to...

Blum: The dilemma facing caregivers of older adults

Jeffrey Blum
I am an old geezer who likes to stay informed. This means I am a news junkie and a voracious reader. Give me a good newspaper (electronic format is OK), a good magazine (paper form only), an interesting podcast, and a good audible book...

LETTER: Thank you for the successful film festival

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A heartfelt thank you to Los Gatan reporter Drew Penner, who attended our first KCAT Summer Media Film Festival on Aug. 14! Drew, we are grateful for the front page picture of two of our leaders, Noah Hirsch and Owen Fugit, plus your feature...

The worry wart surfaces

Jeffrey Blum
Most conscientious attorneys are worry warts/party poopers. We’re paid to consider all potential scenarios. Thus, it came as no shock to me that I reacted first with pleasant surprise and then with concern when I heard that the State of California had awarded LGS...

Blum: My ideas for attracting new members to Rotary

Jeffrey Blum
Somehow through my years as a volunteer in many different endeavors I’ve gotten the notion that I know how to generate interest about the organizations I’ve been involved in. In many cases I did this by writing articles about the organization, such as the...

Move away from the ‘waterfall effect’

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Volunteers know it is difficult to accomplish change. When I sought along with several others to get a Restorative Justice program implemented at a Los Gatos school, I initially encountered great enthusiasm for the idea. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm was followed by inaction on the...

Facing old age

Jeffrey Blum
As I move through my senior years in semi-retirement mode, I share jokes about ailments and commiserate with fellow old timers about lost loved ones. At the same time, I apply myself to my job as a commissioner on the Community Health and Senior...

LETTER: Shaping the future

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Michael and Genii of Magic Time Productions helped us kick-off the second annual HUEmankind FEST 2023 on June 4 with a thrilling magic show offering lots of fun and entertainment for families. Our fun educational stations kept participants fully engaged, allowing for a variety...

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