The year in photos
Portaits of a year marred by tragedy
Photographs by Kate Robertson, David Neville, Cindy Chew &
The Sept. 11 attacks dwarfed all other events
in 2001, creating ripples felt even in the relatively safe confines
of Palo Alto.
In the wake of the tragedy, local residents showed
their support for victims in New York and Washington D.C. by
donating blood, time and money for relief efforts. Vigils were
held throughout the community, and elementary school students
sent homemade cards to New York police officers and firefighters.
Menlo Park firefighters contributed to the cause
by sending a task force to search for survivors in the rubble
of the World Trade Center.
As devastating as the attacks were, however, the
year also marked several unrelated milestones. In Palo Alto,
a sitting mayor was defeated for the first time in decades and
three new faces ascended to the City Council. The Fitzhugh case
went to trial, with Kenneth ultimately found guilty for the
second-degree murder of his wife.
IKEA became a sore point for East Palo Alto last
year, with residents divided over whether or not the furniture
giant would actually benefit the community. Palo Alto schools
Superintendent Don Phillips left the district and was replaced
by Mary Frances Callan of the Pleasanton elementary district.
In Ravenswood, Superintendent Charlie Mae Knight spent much
of her time in court, coping with a special education lawsuit
and successfully defending herself from criminal charges.
On the following pages, the Weekly presents photographs
representing some of the stories that made 2001 unique, as well
as quieter moments that define our lives day in and day out.