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News - July 3, 2020

Around Town

FULFILLING A LIFELONG DREAM ... Notre Dame de Namur University's Class of 2020 includes a Palo Alto woman who is the oldest person to complete a bachelor's degree from the Belmont institution. Rosemary Finnerty, 91, completed her degree in human services last spring and was recognized with the "Inspirational Academic Excellence" award, which is the university's highest academic honor. "It's never too late to get a degree," she said. She also received a congratulatory message from Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, who heard about her accomplishment in recent media reports. Finnerty spent the past five years attending night classes on several topics, including French cinema and Hispanic culture, which opened up her mind to new ideas and perspectives. In her senior seminar, Finnerty pursued a project where she provided seniors from her parish, St. Albert the Great, video recordings of weekly meetings normally held in person. Before moving to Palo Alto in 1983, Finnerty lived in New Jersey and worked as an executive assistant for the Colgate-Palmolive Company in New York City, which paid for her associate degree in liberal arts. She became friends with her former boss, the company's CEO, Reuben Mark, who offered to pay for her bachelor's degree. Finnerty wanted to hold a big graduation party to celebrate the milestone with her family from the east coast (she has 23 nieces and nephews and 45 or more grandnieces and grandnephews), but the celebration has been put on hold due to current health orders that prevent large gatherings. Sheltering at home has prevented Finnerty from finding opportunities to practice her degree. In the meantime, she's working on her memoir titled, "My Secret to a Beautiful and Fulfilled Life," in which she's writing about her teenage years.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 5, 2020 at 7:45 pm

I am disappointed with the unsigned 24-line summary of the issues, above, regarding policer reform here. In terms of the wheat-pasted broadsides place confusingly near the public art installation, I agree with some of the sense of it but found fault.
Thankfully these sensitive issues are not decided in the press or the streets.

I recommend the creator work with an artist and create a series of informative and attractive broadsides and try to get local businesses to put them in the window.

I hope he has the courage of his convictions to sign his work.

I support Black Lives Matter but also believe that our Police and Fire are doing a good job. Not perfect, but moving forward.

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Posted by Smiley
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2020 at 10:02 am

Congratulations Rosemary! And a big thumbs up to Notre Dame de Namur for making education open to all ages!

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