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Community Notebook: Palo Altan to be honored for environmental stewardship

Sen. Jerry Hill to recognize Katia Reeves as an Environmental Hero at 'Java with Jerry' event

Katia Reeves, a Barron Park resident and chair of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Green Committee, will be recognized for her environmental stewardship by state Sen. Jerry Hill during a "Java with Jerry" event at Ada's Cafe in the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, on Friday, July 31.

Hill will present Reeves with a certificate of recognition that names her an "Environmental Hero for the 13th Senate District" for her leadership and volunteer service to Palo Alto and the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, said Office of Senator Jerry Hill spokeswoman Leslie Guevarra.

"As a member of the Barron Park Neighborhood Association, you have helped make Palo Alto greener by planting trees and bringing awareness about climate change," the certificate reads. "Your longstanding commitment to sustainable energy, water conservation, and the protection and preservation of our region's resources has helped educate and inspire our community."

Hill will also honor Kathleen Foley-Hughes and the staff at Ada's with a certificate of recognition for "creating a unique place that not only brings members of the community together to enjoy good food and conversation, but provides employment and internship opportunities for students and people with disabilities," the certificate reads.

The event is 8-9 a.m., and the presentation to Reeves is expected to occur between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. Hill will be at Ada's Cafe to also chat about key legislative issues and how they affect the community. Residents with questions or concerns to share about a state issue or law are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 650-212-3313.

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