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THE CUBS HAVE GROWN ... Though Palo Alto's Cubberley High School graduated its last senior class in 1979, alumni of the shuttered school are keeping its memory alive this summer. 1978 Cubberley grad Colleen Standley is turning 50 this year and plans to celebrate her golden anniversary with her "Cubb" classmates. She's throwing a "Cubberley 50th Birthday Party" potluck May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cubberley campus, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. All former Cubberley students and staff (from all years) are invited to celebrate. "The spirit of that school has its own lifeblood," Standley said of her beloved alma mater. "It won't die because, in the words of its last principal, Dr. Herman Ohme, 'It was a special place.'" More information is available on the "Cubberley 50th Birthday Party" Facebook page (where the event is described as an "all-class reunion sponsored by Class of 1978 to celebrate together as these turkeys turn 50 and get laughed at by those who already have and scare those who think it's 'old.'"), which has already attracted 63 attendees. Meanwhile, Cubberley's class of 1980 (called "The Class That Never Was" due to the school's closure the previous year) also remains active, never-was status notwithstanding. Thanks again to the magic of Facebook, the class is planning its first-ever reunion, for the weekend of Aug. 6-8. "The trauma caused by the Cubberley closure created a special bond among these people that remains strong even after three decades. The excitement created by this upcoming reunion is palpable, even over the Internet," Cubberley class of '80 member Linda Wilcox wrote in an e-mail. The event organizers are hoping to get back into contact with each and every lost classmate. Those interested in attending the class of 1978's 50th birthday celebration should contact Colleen Standley at Those wishing to RSVP to the "Class That Never Was" reunion should contact Scott Schroeder at

SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS ... On Nov. 9, a member of the Palo Alto Police Department was called up for 10-month tour of duty in Iraq. On Monday night, the City Council debated whether this officer, who serves as a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard, should receive $41,000 from the city — the difference between his salary and the money he earns for his military duty. The city has an agreement with the police union to compensate employees who serve in the armed forces, but the agreement only applies to those officers who enlisted before Feb. 18, 2003. The soldier under discussion, whose name wasn't mentioned, enlisted after that date. With the city facing a $7.3 million budget gap, some council members argued that the officer in Iraq should receive the salary difference for the first month of his duty (about $5,000), rather than for the full duration of the tour. Councilman Yiaway Yeh called the staff recommendation to pay the officer $41,000 "not an easy decision." The dilemma, he said, demonstrates the impact of federal policies on local budgets. Larry Klein, a military veteran, couldn't disagree with him more. "This person is taking a risk; he's putting his life on the line and he's also putting his career on the line," Klein said. "I don't want to see our city look like it doesn't support the people who put their lives on the line." Human Resource Director Russ Carlsen said he felt "very passionate" about advocating for the police officer, and Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa said he felt queasy that some on the council oppose the staff recommendation. But some did. The council voted 7-2, with Greg Scharff and Karen Holman dissenting, to support the staff recommendation.

NEWS TALK ... Paul McHugh, longtime journalist and author of the mystery novel "Dead Lines," put a unique spin on an age-old phrase during a talk Tuesday at Books Inc. in Mountain View. McHugh said traditionally "No news is good news," but when it comes to the journalism industry, no news — as in no newspapers — is bad news. McHugh emphasized the value of journalism and the need for people to subscribe to newspapers during his hour-long talk.


Posted by Karen Freiberg, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 16, 2010 at 1:18 am

I'm a 57-year old Cubberley graduate who will be in town visiting family from June 10th till 19th. Will anyone from the reunion still be in Palo Alto by then? Hopefully yours,
Karen Freiberg

Posted by One Parent, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 17, 2010 at 7:47 am

Although it is very sad that Cubberley High School was closed as a high school, it has never been shuttered since I've lived here. It is the center of much beneficial activity in the community. However, I hope one day Cubberley will re open as a high school, which, if done well could benefit all high school students in the area.

Posted by Valoran Hanko, a resident of Midtown
on May 26, 2010 at 8:09 am

This article does not mention, but the class of 1970 will be holding their 40th Reunion on August 6 through August 8. It is a closed event open to students, teachers and staff who attended in 1968-1970, and would have graduated in 1970. For information about the event, please visit the Class of 1970 Alumni website at

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