Around Town
Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996

Around Town

THE WAIT IS OVER . . . A chain-link fence has gone up around Anne Barbee's cottage at 1106 Bryant St., signaling that the days, or perhaps hours, are numbered for the little house in the Professorville Historic District. The city's one-year demolition moratorium on the 88-year-old, 1,100-square-foot cottage ran out May 18. Barbee said she doesn't know exactly when the house is coming down. The home's asbestos shingles have to removed and disposed of first. Once demolished, Barbee plans to build a two-story, brown-shingled home with a wrap-around front porch in its place.

TROUBLE IS AS TROUBLE DOES . . . The Palo Alto man charged with assaulting City Council member Micki Schneider is in hot water again. Anthony Feipel, 51, was arrested May 13 on suspicion of breaking into the county government building in San Jose. According to police, Feipel rearranged some office cubicles, moved personal items from cubicles to other parts of the building, and scattered items of trash throughout the building. Feipel was arrested after he bragged about the break-in to workers at San Jose City Hall. He was due to appear in court May 13 for the March 27 incident in which he grabbed Schneider as she walked downtown with the city manager, fellow Council members and Police Chief Chris Durkin. Feipel was angered that a member of the party threw some trash away that he considered his belongings. He has pleaded innocent to the charge of battery.

POLITICAL WINDS . . . The East Palo Alto City Council has recently finished filling vacancies on its various boards and commissions, including the reappointment of existing commissioners. Two of the latter, however, aren't very happy. Ben Ahmad was reappointed to the Planning Commission, but as an alternate, non-voting member. And Fred Kiani was reappointed to the Rent Stabilization Board, but also as an alternate, non-voting member. Ahmad expressed his dismay to the Council last Monday night, saying that there was no communication as to why he wasn't reappointed to be a voting member. Kiani, meanwhile, said the current City Council is using the rent board for political ends, which is why he believes he wasn't reappointed as a voting member.

MATTERS OF FAITH . . . For the first time in its 105-year history, a rabbi will join Stanford Memorial Church as a new chaplain. Patricia Karlin Neumann of Temple Alameda in Alameda was appointed in light of the increasing religious diversity on campus, said Robert Gregg, dean of the chapel. Maurice Charles, an Episcopalian postulant from Chicago, and Kelley Denton-Borhaug, evangelism pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco, were also appointed as new chaplains.

NAMES AND NOTES . . . The new officers of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce's board of directors have been announced for the coming fiscal year. Jeffrey Vaillant, manager of administrative services for the Electric Power Research Institute, will serve as president. Barbara Gross, vice president and branch manager of Great Western Bank, will serve as president elect. And as vice presidents, Pat Kunz, director of sales for the Stanford Park Hotel, will be in charge of events and programs; Hal Mickelson, regional counsel for Hewlett-Packard Co., will handle government affairs; Rick Stern, president of Stern Mortgage Company, will handle membership; and Paul Wright, a partner in JM Perry Corp., will handle finance. Past president Kathleen Gwynn, president and CEO of the Senior Coordinating Council, will also serve on the board . . . The Age Center Alliance of Palo Alto honored its new executive director, Shelly Adams, at a reception last week . . . Stanford professor and plant biologist Christopher Somerville has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences . . . Four Palo Alto adult Girl Scouts, Marion Mandell, Leslie Burchyns, Nancy Chalton and Winnie Doty received honors from the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. Two others, Teena James and Pat Worthington, were honored as troop leaders . . . Adam Breon, a 1992 graduate of Gunn High and a soon to be Princeton University alumnus, has won a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation for research in particle physics. He will attend UC Berkeley next fall.

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