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From Los Altos to the sea: Local Boy Scouts trek 55 miles over Santa Cruz Mountains


Chris Webb/Special to the Town Crier
Boy Scout Troop 33 arrives at the gateway to Waddell State Beach to end their 55-mile hike. Participants include, from left, Scott Ottoes, John Cummins, Gian Coolen, Bryan Webb, Cole Cummins, Zachary Ottoes, Nathaniel Wipfler, Rohan Suresh, William Stanley and Scoutmaster Chris Webb.

When a group of local teens from Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 wanted to go to the beach, they chose the scenic route to get there, backpacking 55 miles in five days over the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Their Los Altos-to-the-Sea journey began on the drizzly morning of Aug. 6. Starting from the corner of El Monte Avenue and Springer Road, seven boys – ranging in age from 13 to 16 – and three adult scout leaders hiked up Springer to Magdalena Road, and then progressed through Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve to Black Mountain.

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Families receive special back-to-school donations


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Local students collect free backpacks and school supplies last week at the Community Services Agency’s back-to-school event.

Dozens of children and their parents streamed into the Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View Aug. 13 to accept back-to-school gifts – backpacks, school supplies and $20 vouchers for the purchase of new shoes.

Approximately 500 local elementary through high school students received supplies. To qualify for the program, families must be registered CSA clients with incomes that verify their need.

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Back to School: Tips, kits and a poem

B2S salad fmtLos Altos teachers are readying their rooms this week for the coming onslaught of students, and parents are digging back out lunch boxes and pencil cases (do we still use those?) And here in the newsroom, Town Crier writers offered a slate of back-to-school resources this week for local readers:

Learn about the history behind Los Altos' school lunch programs – plus tips from parents

Mountain View's "Nurse Barb" offers health tips for students starting out in college, with a special focus on starting the parent/child conversations that can be awkward but essential

Hollis Bischoff starts off a new year of college-readiness with a column on when and why to look beyond the UC system for local students

Ana Homayoun has organizational strategies that minimize the sweat and stress of back-to-school adjustment

And you'll find more, all in the Town Crier's Back to School section, on newsstands this week. 

Los Altos dance teacher receives award from national magazine


Courtesy of Jim Carter
Los Altos resident Jane Carter poses with her award in New York last month.

Los Altos resident Jane Carter traveled to New York last month to accept one of four 2014 Dance Teacher of the Year Awards from Dance Teacher Magazine.

The national award recognized Carter’s skill in nurturing young dancers at her private studio, Dance Academy USA in Cupertino.

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LACF accepting grant applications

The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting grant applications through Sept. 23.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that directly serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas.

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Volunteers support fight against spinal disease


Courtesy of Marge Shively
Volunteers supporting Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy include, from left, Annemarie Rosengreen, Jane Halligan, Nancy Traficanti, Judy William, Irene Ogowa (in back), Don McCauley and Nancy Cook.

For the past 13 years, local friends have gathered for an annual “stuffing party” to prepare mailings in support of fundraisers for the nonprofit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA). The most recent mailing promotes the 12th annual Northern California Walk-n-Roll Aug. 23 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

According to FSMA representatives, SMA is the leading genetic killer of children under 2. The disease destroys the nerves that control voluntary movement. Children born with SMA may never crawl, walk or even lift their heads.

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