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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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CHAC offers healing, hope for troubled children and families



The Community Health Awareness Council’s employees and interns have more room to work following the organization’s move to a larger building earlier this year. Town Crier file photo

Radha Jagannathan, clinical services director for the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), went to a local bakery recently to pick up a cake for a co-worker who was retiring. The name CHAC was on the cake, prompting a bakery employee to ask, “Do you work at CHAC?” When she said yes, the bakery employee said, “I had CHAC in junior high and it saved my life.”

“I’ve heard that almost every time I go out there (in the community),” said Monique Kane, executive director of the Mountain View-based nonprofit. CHAC has provided counseling services for at-risk youth and families over the past 40 years. Its effectiveness has long earned the trust and respect of the Los Altos-Mountain View communities. CHAC has been a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient since 2003.

The organization trains and supervises 80 or more interns at any given time, and supports 33 schools across Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. With each intern handling anywhere between 10 and 30 cases, CHAC treats approximately 15,000 clients yearly.

Opened in 1973 to combat the emerging youth drug culture, CHAC addresses a wide range of problems – from anxiety-ridden students to bullying, alienation, broken families and substance abuse.

“We’re responsible for a lot of suicides that didn’t happen,” added clinical services associate director Rosine Ferber.

Whether through outreach to the schools or private conferences at their new headquarters on El Camino Real, CHAC staff and interns provide a safety net of health services on a sliding scale so that any individual or family can afford their help.

“I love the fact that we have an organization that can reach so many people,” Jagannathan said. She added that CHAC’s reputation draws the most highly qualified interns, eager to add the organization to their resumes.

There’s another major factor in CHAC’s success.

“We’re flexible,” said clinical supervisor Mary White. “We meet needs that arise in the community.”

CHAC supervisors noted that bullying – particularly online – and academic pressures have increased in recent years.

“Parents are pushing their kids so hard academically so they can go to good schools,” said clinical supervisor Michelle Manning. “The parents are, rightfully so, afraid that their kids are not going to make a living.”

CHAC’s move to its new location in July addressed a space need – the new headquarters is more than double the size of its previous location. And CHAC counselors are busier than ever – every room is put to use much of the time.

Financial constraints remain. Some programs have been suspended due to lack of funding. Looking ahead, Kane said one notable goal is transitioning CHAC’s board of directors into more of a fundraising board. She also wants to see stipends return to the interns.

For more information, visit chacmv.org.

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