SOUND TRAVELS ... Stanford University's historic Frost Amphitheater reopened on May 18, to much fanfare; however, the outdoor venue's first show since its renovation sparked some complaints from neighbors over noise generated by music from its namesake festival that could be heard as far as Mountain View. At least three Menlo Park residents on Santa Margarita Avenue and Alice Lane also notified the police department about the noise; the farthest complaint came nearly 3 miles away from the venue near Seminary Oaks Park. The sound may have bounced to local neighborhoods "at an unusually high rate" due to the cloudy and rainy conditions, according to a statement from Stanford Live, which operates the Frost. Theater staff are configuring their speakers to curb sound for the surrounding community, rain or shine, and are asking for public feedback on where noise is being heard. Stanford Live also noted that the festival's last performer concluded at 9:45 p.m. that night, and it is following Santa Clara County's sound ordinances and curfews. The next test will come on July 10, the venue's next show featuring performances of Tchaikovsky by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and violinist Gil Shaham, to find out if the issue has been addressed.
RACE AGAINST TIME ...A campaign by a Palo Alto nonprofit to equip schools, libraries and other public facilities with automatic electric defibrillators (AEDs) has now spread to East Palo Alto, where police officers began equipping their police cruisers with the portable devices. East Palo Alto Police Chief Al Pardini announced this week that as of Tuesday, May 28, the department's patrol vehicles are now equipped with the devices, which help restore regular heart rhythm to individuals undergoing cardiac arrest. The addition was made possible by the nonprofit group Racing Hearts, which has been spearheading local efforts to make AEDs available throughout the city. Since 2013, the group has helped install the devices at Palo Alto City Hall, major community centers and eight patrol vehicles. Since then, its reach has grown. Last October, the Palo Alto City Council agreed to equip every patrol vehicle in its own force with an AED. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has also recently equipped all of its patrol vehicles with AEDs, according to Racing Hearts. Now, East Palo Alto is following suit. Thanks to generous donation from Racing Hearts, Pardini said in a statement, "our officers will be prepared to render aid in the event they encounter a person in cardiac crisis. Although our officers had previously received training on the operations of AED's, they would only have been able to use them if one was readily available. With the generous donation of the devices from 'Racing Hearts,' each patrol officer will have this potentially lifesaving technology available for their use in their vehicles." Every minute of delay in treatment decreases the victim's chance of survival by 7-10%, according to the group.
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