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Number of burglaries falls in LAH

Number of burglaries falls in LAH

From a high of 16 burglaries in July and August to four burglaries over the past eight weeks – one incident related to a domestic scuffle – the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reported a drop i...

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Schools

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Foothill College hosts Solar Eclipse Party

Foothill College and the Peninsula Astronomy Society have scheduled a Solar Eclipse Party 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the college’s observatory, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

In addition to vi...

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Community

Celebrity Forum series begins tonight with Bill Nye at Flint Center

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens tonight and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at the Flin...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

MVLA soccer tourney

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club has partnered with Juventus Sport Club of Redwood City for this weekend’s Bay Area Fall Cup, featuring more than 200 boys teams. MVLA is scheduled to host 11-versus-11 games on fields...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: Needless to say, the neutral position the Town Crier took last week on Measure N elicited some passionate responses. A sampling follows.

Rethinking Measure N

The Town Crier’s nonendorsement of Measure N should be rethought. The decis...

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Special Sections

Dentistry center hosts Smiles for Troops event

Dentistry center hosts Smiles for Troops event


Photo courtesy of Peninsula Center of Cosmetic dentistry
Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry will host its second Smiles for Troops event on Veterans Day. The event offers military members free dental care.

Military veterans who have returned fro...

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Business

Transactions

Los Altos

54 Citation Drive, B. & S. McKibben to Clifton Trust for $1,320,000

1536 Country Club Drive, McCarver Trust to Dempsey Trust for $5,500,000

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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

'Sweeney Todd' continues in MV

'Sweeney Todd' continues in MV


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
David Studwell and Tory Ross star in the TheatreWorks production of Sweeney Todd.”

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is slated to run through ...

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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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Jeremiah’s Promise assists foster youth in bridging gap to adulthood



Jeremiah’s Promise made all the difference in the world for An Tran, a 21-year-old foster youth who found herself without a home when she turned 18. Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Imagine navigating into adulthood without the warm embrace of a parent’s hug. In a world that spins quickly around them, when foster youth age out and become emancipated from the system that supported them, they often follow a lonely path.

Fate proved different for An Tran, 21, who found her way to California after aging out of the foster-care system in another state. She landed in the supportive enclave of Jeremiah’s Promise – a local nonprofit that provides one-on-one mentoring, college and career support and web-based life coaching to 17- to 24-year-old former foster youth.

“Jeremiah’s Promise helped me see the brighter side of things,” said Tran, crediting her trained adult mentor, a science researcher at Stanford University who gave her the encouragement and direction to complete her GED and enroll in West Valley College to study biomedical engineering.

The journey wasn’t always easy for Tran, who experienced problems within her foster families and felt ignored by the legal foster-care system.

“After you age out, you literally get dumped on the street,” she said.

The Santa Clara County Department of Family & Child Services reports that 150 young adults age out of foster care in the county each year.

Without photo identification or a birth certificate, tasks like opening a bank account and applying for a job became nearly impossible for Tran.

She received invaluable support from Jeremiah’s Promise.

The organization treated her with respect, she said, asking what she needed to improve her life situation. She identified things as basic as a new pair of glasses and school supplies to more sustainable resources like life skills and relationship-building advice.

“The greatest need of our clients is to heal the very damaging emotional and physical scars left from years of childhood abuse or exploitation,” Jeremiah’s Promise founder and CEO Kim Golter said. “The second greatest need is to find people who will support, encourage and challenge them to become the people they were born to be.”

Jeremiah’s Promise volunteer Carolyn Robinson has experience working with foster youth at an area correctional institution. She became involved as a workshop instructor.

“I hear it every day: ‘If only I had this information earlier, I would have done things differently,’” she said.

Together with a dozen regular volunteers, Robinson played an integral role in instructing and mentoring 115 students through Jeremiah’s Promise community college workshops in 2013. The organization also provided donations and support to more than 180 emancipated foster youth and dependents in a local transitional housing program.

With the launch of a new web-based coaching tool that will be accessible to local workshop participants and emancipated foster youth from across the country, Golter sees the impact of Jeremiah’s Promise’s work expanding even more in the future.

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