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VTA plans for  El Camino Real prompt skepticism

VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit alo...

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Schools

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record


Barry Tonge/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship braceletsNov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 Mountain View High School students gathered around...

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Community

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One...

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Comment

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans th...

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Business

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.


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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase ...

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemi...

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Travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either ̶...

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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince ...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Foothill resource center nurtures returning vets


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Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier

Veterans from around the country enroll at Foothill College, drawn by its outstanding reputation. When they arrive at the Los Altos Hills campus, in addition to excellent academic programs they find the Veterans Resource Center waiting for them. Under the direction of Carmela Xuereb, the center assists vets in their transition to civilian life.

On a recent weekday, young men and women passed through the humble little office space, the size of a teenager’s bedroom, filling out paperwork and taking a break between classes. They have access to the center’s extensive list of counseling, workshops and training. And they also guide each other as peer mentors.

Beth Stolyarchuk, a former Russian linguist in the U.S. Marine Corps, had only a week to get organized for her new life as a student when she moved from Hawaii this autumn to study radiology at Foothill. The Resource Center simplified the process. Xuereb walked her through the details of enrolling using military education benefits and introduced her to other resources veterans can tap.

“Carmela hooked me up with everything I needed to get done,” Stolyarchuk said, including a high-tech Livescribe Smartpen, to help her bring her A-game as she hits the books. Smartpens loans are among the resources veterans find at the center.

The pens record and store lectures and notes for later review. Using the new tool takes practice and follow-through, but Stolyarchuk said those are the skills veterans are particularly suited to bring to the classroom.

“Radiology is super competitive. I have to get good grades to get into the course,” Stolyarchuk said, reviewing the classes she was taking this fall and the new study skills she’d picked up as she took on a challenging geology course.

Support from the Town Crier Holiday Fund helps equip the center, which also has a computer lab and plans to expand into a larger space.

Veterans at the center last week spoke with gravity about the importance they place on their new mission – learning to excel as students.

“I have the discipline to sit in the classroom and pay attention,” Stolyarchuk said. “In my history class, I was made a teacher’s assistant because I was military.”

Xuereb said the center keeps teachers and staff at Foothill informed about the veterans who enroll, including any injuries, visible or unseen, that an accommodating classroom could ameliorate.

Returning from military service brings challenges differing from those most of the students face, independent of whether a veteran may have been wounded. Most of the vets are self-supporting rather than relying on parents’ funds and have to juggle work and study, veteran Brennon Shepherd pointed out.

Although veterans bring social skills honed by years of working with people from a wide range of backgrounds, when they get to Foothill, often they don’t know many people in the area. The Veterans Resource Center serves as a clubhouse, where they can find like-minded company and resources.

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