Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - December 3, 2010

Letters

Turkey Trot thanks

Editor,

We represent the three foundations that are recipients of the Applied Materials Silicon Valley 2010 Turkey Trot and we wish to thank Applied Materials, Inc., the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the many other sponsors, and the friends, families and individuals that walked or ran the 5K or 10K course this year.

The race grew by a third this year, from 10,600 participants last year to 14,500 this year.

The race, the dream child of Carl and Leslee Guardino and Mike Splinter, helps three area charities to provide food, housing and health care — the race's ideal of "Health, Hope and a Home."

We hope you had as much fun as we did, whether you ran the Perkins Coie CEO/Celebrity Challenge, Fairchild's Fittest Firm Challenge, Fry's Electronics' Quickest Cop/Fastest Firefighter, Westinghouse/Solar's Mayor's Cup, your kids ran in the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Fun Run, wore a costume for the Virgin America Competition, watched the El Camino Hospital Women Championship, or brought food to the Synaptics "Can Do" Challenge.

We would also like to thank many of the other sponsors: San Jose Sharks, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, KPMG, the San Jose Mercury News, DLA Piper, Pacific Gas and Electric, KLA Tencor, SVB Financial Group, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, KLIV and KRTY, NBC Bay Area, Safeway, Vantge Point and Bally Total Fitness.

Again, we want to thank all of you that came out on Thanksgiving Day to help the families in our county realize their dream of "Health, Hope and a Home"

Kathy Jackson

CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Kathleen King

Mayor of Saratoga

Executive Director, Santa Clara Family Health Foundation

Kevin Zwick

Executive Director, Housing Trust of Santa Clara County

Fruit thievery?

Editor,

Once again we have had our Fuyu persimmon tree stripped of all the fruit. The squirrels were getting two to three a day but now neither the squirrels or ourselves have any!

We place a net over the tree but apparently this only slows down the theft.

Does anyone have a suggestion for deterring such late-night boldness?

Jean Garrett

California Avenue

Palo Alto

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