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CSA services relieve residents' everyday financial anxieties



Mountain View resident Mary Kroeger examines the produce at the Community Services Agency’s Food & Nutrition Center. CSA officials stress that their goal is to provide residents in need with education to make healthful choices. Traci Newell/Town Crier

When Mountain View resident Mary Kroeger moved to northern Santa Clara County two years ago, the Community Services Agency stepped in to help make her transition manageable.

Kroeger moved so that her husband could be closer to his cancer treatments at the Veterans Affairs hospital and closer to family. Relocating from the less-expensive Gilroy area made her connection with CSA services essential.

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WOMEN/SV: Offering a safe haven for abused women of means


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Ruth Patrick’s WOMEN/SV deals with an issue often kept behind closed doors: affluent women suffering abuse in silence.

The roots of the Women-of-Means Escape Network/Silicon Valley (WOMEN/SV) can be traced to founder Ruth Patrick’s career as a teacher.

Patrick, who founded her organization in 2012 with a grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation, distinctly recalled the difficulty some students had paying attention in her class one day.

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Los Altos police chief cites top five achievements


Steve Pomeroy/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis outlines the department’s successes at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Oct. 16 meeting.

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis updated the Rotary Club of Los Altos on police department news Oct. 16, reporting a drop in local homicide, rape and robbery rates.

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Packard Foundation, Ashoka Changemakers award empathy grants


Gary Hedden/Special to the Town Crier
Several hundred guests attended the Los Altos-based Packard Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Open House Oct. 22. Along with snacks and tours, the event featured an awards ceremony that honored winners of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change online grant competition. Grant recipient Carmel Jud, above, founder and executive director of Rising International, trains women and teens to launch social businesses and market crafts handmade by women survivors of war, rape and human trafficking.

The Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers Oct. 23 named the six winners of the online grant competition they co-sponored, Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change.

The organizations announced the winners at the Packard Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Open House, during which winners and finalists shared their ideas with several hundred attendees.

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GreenTown events boost sustainability


Courtesy of Margaret Suozzo
Members of Girl Scout Troop 61058 attend a GreenTown Los Altos-supported bike safety and maintenance class at Performance Bicycle in Mountain View.

GreenTown Los Altos’ Farm to Table Dinner and Auction at the Los Altos History Museum Oct. 5 drew a crowd of nearly 100 local residents.

Justin’s Catering prepared the dinner featuring seasonal, organic produce from local farms including Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills and Happy Quail Farms in East Palo Alto. Auction items ranged from a Sun Valley ski getaway to a tour of Bonny Doon Vineyards, a Trek steel bicycle and baskets of local goods.

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Walter Singer's journey: The story behind the Community Plaza memorial


Charles Halleck/Town Crier File Photo
“Mr. Los Altos” Walter Singer, left, stands with his wife, Marie, outside his Los Altos store in this undated picture from the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Editor’s note: Walter Singer’s bust in the Community Plaza was the subject of a recent Los Altos City Council debate. Although the council voted to relocate the bust from the plaza to the Los Altos History Museum, discussion continues among those who disagree. Some want the bust installed in front of Singer’s old Los Altos Stationers Store, now Le Boulanger.

The council’s decision has prompted the question, “Who was Walter Singer?” Longtime Los Altos resident Robin Chapman provides the answer below.

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