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German builder of St. Bedeâ€™s organ returns to restore the instrument
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he German visitor, eyeing the pipe organ at St. Bedeâ€™s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park after services on a recent Sunday, was no tourist. Hans-Ulrich Erbsloh had helped build the instrument in Hamburg more than 40 years before. Now retired, he was touring America, inspecting his lifeâ€™s work. For St. Bedeâ€™s, his visit was perfectly timed. The congregation on Sand Hill Road long knew that its treasured pipe organ, installed in 1970, was due for a major overhaul. After discussions with church officials, Mr. Erbsloh agreed to return in the fall of 2012 to restore the organ to its original beauty. St. Bedeâ€™s organ was built in the early 1960s and was designed to be pleasing acoustically. The choice of organ was an important one for the congregation. After much deliberation, a tracker pipe organ was commissioned from the Rudolf von Beckerath workshops in Hamburg. Beloved by musicians, the action of Beckerath organs is mechanical, rather than electronic. Organists love the responsiveness of the touch. These instruments are ideally suited to German and French Baroque, as well as Classical repertoire. Working in Hamburg in the late 1960s, Mr. Erbsloh originally had worked on the â€œvoicingâ€? of the organ. In the Beckerath workshops, this meant discovering the potential tone in each of 1,731 pipes, complete with ringing overtones. Apart from addressing the wear and tear of 40 years of playing, he also was commissioned to restore the timbre of the organ. Past adjustments had distorted the original intent of Rudolf von Beckerath. Mr. Erbsloh was determined to bring the instrument back to its original tones. After a well-received organ-
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tenâ€™s Ceremony of Carols. Organ, trumpet and choir accompany Choral Christmas Eucharist on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. Carol Sing is at 7:30 p.m. On Christmas Day at 9 a.m., St. Bedeâ€™s celebrates Eucharist with carols, organ and trumpet. St. Bedeâ€™s Episcopal Church is at 2650 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. A
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Woodside High grieves over death of freshman ■ Leyla Beban, 14, dies after a collision with an SUV while she was riding a bike to school.
By Dave Boyce Almanac staff writer
adness pervaded Woodside High School last week as students and teachers remembered Leyla Beban. The 14-year-old Redwood City freshman died Nov. 26 at Stanford Hospital after a bicycle accident involving a collision with an SUV around 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas, according to the Redwood City Police Department. She was on her way to school. Students wore blue, Leyla’s favorite color, in her memory the day after the accident, Woodside High Principal Diane Burbank told the Almanac. Leyla attended elementary and middle school in Redwood City and was well known in the school community, police said. Ms. Burbank said she learned of the accident on the day it happened but refrained from a public announcement at school until after she had spoken with Leyla’s family. She spoke over the public address system the next morning. “Listening to any news over a PA system can seem removed and easily ignored, and more often, you hear announcements over this PA about dance tickets or testing,” Ms. Burbank told the school, accord-
ing to a copy of her remarks. “But today’s announcement is different. I have sad news to share. Please don’t ignore my voice or the news. I first want you to know that your teachers will spend time following my message to help you.” “It was a horrible accident,” she said in her remarks. “We are so sorry for Leyla’s family.” Leyla, she added in the interview, was described by one teacher as “open minded, kind, articulate, intellectually curious, and competent yet humble.” At one point during her PA announcement, Ms. Burbank handed the microphone to freshman class president Bianca Gabriel, who called for a moment of silence. The school established a temporary “grief room” where students and teachers could go to express and talk about their Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac feelings, Ms. Burbank said. To Woodside High School student Harpreet Dehar, right, tapes a letter to a light pole in memory of her help students in that endeavor, freshman classmate Leyla Beban. Mourners set up a vigil for Leyla at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and the school had 12 counselors Alameda de las Pulgas in Redwood City, the spot where she was fatally injured. on the campus the day after the accident — six from the a different spot.” The accident happened while said. She was wearing a bike Palo Alto-based Adolescent If the school is to arrange both Leyla and the driver were helmet. Counseling Service and six an organized memorial in the turning right from eastbound The cause of the accident Woodside High employees, near future, it will occur after Jefferson Avenue onto south- is under investigation, police with more available from the Leyla’s family has gone through bound Alameda de las Pul- said. The driver of the vehicle Sequoia Union High School its own grief and ceremonies, gas, police said. The accident involved stayed on the scene and District if needed, Ms. Bur- Ms. Burbank said. “We really appears not to have involved was cooperative, police said. bank said. want to respect the family. any traffic violations. Witnesses are being asked to “It’s always tough,” Ms. Bur- The family gets to go first. We Medics had taken Leyla to contact Officer Peter Cang at bank said. “Kids have to be OK need to very much respect their Stanford Hospital, where she 780-7100 ext. 5021, or Detective about being sad. Everybody’s at wishes and their timeline.” died from her injuries, police Dave Cirina at 780-7607. A
Compensation cuts OK’d, but reconsideration likely
Crackdown on gang violence begins
By Renee Batti
Almanac News Editor
he vote may have been unanimous, but the outcome of the Atherton City Council’s approval of compensation changes for 10 unrepresented town employees is far from certain. In voting yes on the compensation resolution Nov. 28, council members Jerry Carlson and Elizabeth Lewis stated they were unhappy with some of its terms, and promised to call for reconsideration of the matter next