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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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