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Original post made on Apr 2, 2008

IN HONOR OF HOPKINS ... The Gunn High School community plans to dedicate an oak tree and a bench to Albert Hopkins, its former Academic Center director and teacher who died in July 2007 at age 63. "We wanted to memorialize Albert and his commitment to education and the students and the community," Assistant Principal Phil Winston said. Donations gathered after Hopkins' death raised money for the memorial. Winston said he is not sure how much money is left, but it may be used to provide scholarships. Hopkins is being honored for "his dedication and his love and passion for the students that were here and all the connections he made with people and all the lives he touched," Winston said. Hopkins' renown grew after he was attacked by Palo Alto police officers in 2003. He was never charged with a crime, and he believed the officers beat him because he was African-American. The city agreed to a $250,000 settlement in 2005. A ceremony will be held Friday, April 4, at 12:25 p.m. between the new science building and the library on the Gunn campus.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Apr 2, 2008 at 12:16 pm

According to the report below, El Palo Alto is only 1,068 years old:

Web Link

As mentioned in the link, the age was determined by coring the tree in 1955.

How does the Weekly give it another 950 years of age? Looks like the Weekly needs to do some editorial correction too.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Yes, sidewalks are for pedestrians.

Not for cars, weekly storage of garbage and recycling bins, or for allowing smartly clipped hedges and other shrubbery to extend 12" into the sidewalk.

Good for Paul Berry, and please take pictures of these other obstacles and send them to the homeowners.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I fully agree with Paul Berry. As a retired resident that lives in Palo Alto I do a lot of walking around town. I often run into cars that are fully or partially parked on the sidewalks. As a result I am forced to walk on the street which is extremely uncomfortable on streets like middlefield in the Southern part of out town.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I fully agree with Paul Berry. As a retired resident that lives in Palo Alto I do a lot of walking around town. I often run into cars that are fully or partially parked on the sidewalks. As a result I am forced to walk on the street which is extremely uncomfortable on streets like middlefield in the Southern part of out town.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I fully agree with Paul Berry. As a retired resident that lives in Palo Alto I do a lot of walking around town. I often run into cars that are fully or partially parked on the sidewalks. As a result I am forced to walk on the street which is extremely uncomfortable on streets like middlefield in the Southern part of out town.


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Posted by rhody
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:46 am

I guess I am stupid, but I thought with those sort of curbs you were SUPPOSED to park half on the sidewalk. I never even thought to ask. Thanks to this posting, I won't do it anymore.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Weekly, this thread needs its own title.

Thanks.


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