Retiring Community Services director Dave Muela was teary-eyed when he received a proclamation for his 20 years of service the city on Tuesday night.
"You guys are awesome," he said with tears in his eyes as he thanked his staff for their hard work.
Commissioners and city staff held up pictures of Muela when he first started with the city and had a full head of hair. He is the now the "old guy" around city hall, Kasperzak said.
"Dave has just been a great person to work with all these years," said Mayor Mike Kapserzak. "Half of the council served on the parks and recreation commission with Dave and he gave us all really great training."
Since leaving Milpitas in 1991, Muela has overseen the city's large community services department, including parks, recreation, forestry, landscaping, performing arts, Shoreline Park and its golf course. The city opened numerous parks during his time as director and laid over 4 miles of the Steven's Creek Trail.
"At my level you don't really do much except make work for other people," Muela said. "If this community has anything to be proud of, it's the hard working staff. I'd like to think we've improved the overall quality of this community just a little bit."
Silhouettes exhibit at Rengstorff House
The Rengstorff House is hosting a new exhibition, "Turn Your Cheek: Silhouettes and the Victoria Era" displaying antique and modern silhouette designs from the 18th century to today. The exhibition runs from Jan. 8 to March 28 at the Rengstorff House on Shoreline Boulevard.
The combination of vintage silhouettes and their modern interpretations come from student artwork from the Community School of Music and Arts' Art4Schools program, and members of the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild.
"In this special project, our fifth grade students were able to practice their understanding of positive and negative space in art," said Cal Cullen, the Art4Schools Program Coordinator.
"Silhouette images attained great popularity in the early 19th century as a form of portraiture art," says Jennifer Roger, the historian and docent of the exhibit at the Rengstorff House. She says that silhouettes have become popular again in the 21st century as a craft.
The historic house features public tours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (650) 903-6392.
YMCA honors volunteer
Mountain View resident Sandy Bergan received the Distinguished Service Award from El Camino YMCA for her services to the Mountain View community. Steve Young, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, helped pay tribute to volunteers from 12 YMCAs during the organization's annual Red Triangle Dinner in San Jose.
Bergan was honored Jan. 3 for her role in campaigning, fundraising and volunteering at her local YMCA. She has chaired several events in Mountain View to provide financial assistance to residents and to encourage them to stay physically active.
The YMCA gives the award to people who have impacted the lives of children, adults and families through years of service and leadership.
The award recognizes the recipients' hard work towards pursuing the YMCA mission — to nurture children, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility.
"These exceptional individuals have served the YMCA in countless capacities, demonstrating unwavering dedication to the community and inspiring countless donors, staff members and volunteers," says Kathy Riggins, the president and CEO of YMCA of Silicon Valley.