Former Homestead volleyball star is still a team player

It’s been several years since Katherine Fischer played volleyball at Homestead High and the University of Oregon. Still, the former Los Altos resident said she hasn’t lost her competitive edge. “I still love to win,” Fischer said. “It has kind of translated to the work environment. I just want my company to do the best we can, and do whatever I can to help.” Fischer, who recently returned to the Bay Area after living in Lake Tahoe, is a controller at the tech startup Branch, working in both accounting and management.

Finding her jam: Los Altos resident donates profits from preserves to charity

Nuchi De Giuli estimated that she spends at least one day a week making jam, though that number rises to four or five during the fruitful summer months. That’s just business as usual for De Giuli, the founder of Jamforgood, which sells homemade fruit preserves and marmalades to raise money for charity. “My family has always cooked a lot, as Italian families often do,” the Los Altos resident said. “I was already making jam for my family, and I thought I should be able to help out.”

Underwater photographer honored for work

Nadia Aly, a professional wildlife and underwater photographer from Los Altos, recently received recognition for her work. She was named the 2020 Ocean Photographer of the Year and also won the Collective Portfolio Award from Oceanographic Magazine, in partnership with SeaLegacy. “It was an amazing feeling to win,” Aly said. Thousands submit their work each year for the awards, which are judged by some of the world’s leading ocean photographers. The winners were announced in late November. Al

Opinion | California Fires: The New Normal?

I live less than two hours south of the Kincade fire. The air is heavy with smoke, and we are told not to go outside. Countless people from the high school I attend have lost power, and I know many others who have been evacuated from their homes. Is this the new normal? There seems always to be a fire burning in California. Last year, during the Camp Fire, my school canceled classes, which was unheard of at the time. We were given the impression that there would never be a fire of that severity