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News - February 5, 2010

2010 'Tall Tree' award honorees named

Victor and Mary Ojakian, Roxy Rapp, Downtown Streets Team and Stern Mortgage Company named outstanding community contributors

by Karla Kane

Palo Alto's 2010 Tall Tree awards will recognize suicide-prevention and mental health advocates Victor and Mary Ojakian; local developer and Junior Museum and Zoo board member Roxy Rapp; transitional-employment program Downtown Streets Team; and longtime Palo Alto business Stern Mortgage Company.

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Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be e-mailed at kkane@paweekly.com.


Posted by Debbie Ford-Scriba, a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2010 at 6:16 am

Great choices all. Kudos & congrats to the honorees.

Posted by Marlene Prendergast, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Great choices indeed! And timely.

Posted by Richard James, a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Given my long associations with Vic, Roxy and the Downtown Street Team staff the Chamber could not have done a better selection job.

Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I would like to thank Vic Ojakian for his solid efforts to establish the Mayfield playing fields. It was a great example of cooperation among various parties, including Stanford, Palo Alto and the playing field and housing communites. It is a joy to me to see all those kids and adults out there kicking the ball around. I also appreciate the new VMware site on Hillview (part of the deal)...providing new jobs and vitality to the SRP. The housing element, if and when it occurs, might be a pleasant surprise to some in my neighborhood who strongly opposed it...the traffic situation will be much reduced, compared to the current Facebook situation, and we will have new neighbors.

We need more such agreements between Palo Alto and Stanford, where particular interests can be dealt with in direct negotiations, with some give and take from the major parties involved.

I know it ain't easy.

Thank you, Vic.


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