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Young and homeless in Silicon Valley

by Mark Noack/Mountain View Voice About the photo: Francisco Vargas stands next to Blaine Dzwonczyk, who is holding Elisa Morales, at a rally to support the homeless held in at Mountain View’s Civic Center Plaza on March 6. Vargas, 23, lives in an RV with his parents. Photo by Michelle Le At 23, Francisco Vargas […]

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Powered by passion

About the photo: Jon Ferraiolo reads news articles online using his eye-tracking software at his home workstation on May 9, 2018, with his dog, Pepe, beside him. Photo by Veronica Weber. Jon Ferraiolo isn’t letting his fertile mind sit on the sidelines because he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease. The […]

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Treating ALS patients

About the photo: Jon Ferraiolo and Karen Kang greet Nancy Sallaberry, center, while taking their seats at the “Quest For a Cure” fundraiser hosted by Sallaberry and her husband, Paul, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park on April 21, 2018. Photo by Veronica Weber. One of the mysteries of amyotrophic lateral […]

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A vibrant life

About the cover photo: Karen Kang and Jon Ferraiolo go for a stroll around their Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood with their dog, Pepe, on March 8, 2018.  The disease that will eventually end Jon Ferraiolo’s life showed up first in his throat and his tongue. Recovering from a lingering cold at the time, he attributed his difficulties […]

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Peninsula Photo Contest 2018

With the evolution of phone cameras and other technology, taking great photos isn’t just for those with expensive equipment anymore. More people than ever are capturing images of the world around them. And so after a four-year break, the Palo Alto Weekly collaborated with the Palo Alto Art Center to revive and revamp the newspaper’s […]

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Paying it forward

About the photo: The 2018 Lifetimes of Achievement honorees, from left, Nancy Mueller, Dick Mansfield, Ellie Mansfield, Kristine Erving, John Erving, Christy Holloway and Jim Gibbons. Photo by Veronica Weber. Sometimes the most meaningful success comes from passing along lessons learned that will benefit someone else — or in the instance of this year’s Avenidas Lifetimes […]

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The future is female

Above: Janina O’Leary, executive pastry chef for Bacchus Management Group, assembles peanut butter and jam parfaits at Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto. Photo by Veronica Weber. When we talk about female chefs, we often default to stereotypes. She’s a tough-as-nails badass. She’s a rare species, the only woman in a sea of men. She’s a victim […]

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Beating the odds

Palo Alto entrepreneur Phil Shpilberg owns one of the fastest growing startups in the Bay Area. But four years ago, the future of his tech company was not so certain. It was April 2014, and Shpilberg was nervous. He was awaiting a $300,000 payment from a client in Ukraine. At the time, Russia was invading […]

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The hidden hazards of Buckeye Creek

On a balmy, cloudless Friday, two hawks glide in circles over Las Trampas Valley while a herd of deer — eight in all — grazes in the shade. Serenity is only interrupted by the raspy, high-pitched whistling of a quail in the distance. Formed by Buckeye Creek, Las Trampas Valley stretches from Orchard Glen near […]

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The meaning of ‘middle class’

From the outside, Palo Alto is a startup wonderland filled with Teslas, baby-faced millionaires and multi-million-dollar Eichler homes. “It’s a town where even the homeless have laptops,” jokes one entry on the online Urban Dictionary. And in some respects, this stereotype holds true. Palo Alto’s median household income is $137,043 — more than double that […]