Fri12192014

Community

LAH fire district honors former commissioners


Jitze Couperus/Special to the Town Crier
Retiring Los Altos Hills County Fire District Commissioners Owen Halliday, from left, and Bob Stutz celebrate receiving fire helmets with a special emblem honoring their service with Chief Ken Kehmna of the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

When Los Altos Hills County Fire District commissioners retire, they receive a helmet emblazoned with the logo of the fire district. The long-standing tradition commemorates their dedication and service to the district, founded in 1939.

Retiring Commissioners Bob Stutz and Owen Halliday recently received their awards. Stutz served 25 years on the commission and Halliday served 12 years.

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State Senator Hill honors CHP hero in Los Altos


State Sen. Jerry Hill, right, who represents the 13th District, which includes Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, visited Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos Sept. 5 for a community gathering he calls “Java with Jerry.” At the event, Hill recognized California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel, front left, for his quick thinking and swift action, which saved a 5-year-old boy who was choking. Pictured front center is the boy, Miguel Alvarez, with his mother, Teresa, and his father and namesake, Miguel, standing in back. Montiel, the public information officer for the CHP covering the Redwood City-Los Altos area, was off duty and shopping in the produce section of a grocery store Aug. 22 when he came upon the choking boy and his mother. Montiel administered abdominal thrusts and back blows. Eventually, Miguel spat out a small grape and began breathing normally.

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Volunteers needed for CSA food program

The Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills seeks volunteers to assist with its food and nutrition program. CSA provides services for local residents in need.

The minimum is one shift per month, with a weekly commitment preferred. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. weekdays at CSA, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View.

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Organizations offer early endorsements of local candidates


Chamber endorses Mordo, Glew for Los Altos City Council

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Jean Mordo and Alexander Glew for the two open Los Altos City Council seats in the Nov. 4 election.

“The Chamber believes that Alex Glew and Jean Mordo will best represent the interests of business in Los Altos,” said Julie Rose, Chamber president.

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Runners team up to raise money for local girl who suffers from CMD


Courtesy of Olivia Drobny
Friends and family of Sophie Kim, 8, are rallying to raise money for research and a cure for Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

Olivia Drobny of Los Altos worked as a personal aide at a design camp this summer, where she met Sophie Kim, 8, a student at Almond School. Sophie struggles with everyday activities that others take for granted, and Drobny assisted her with any physical challenges the day’s schedule presented.

“I quickly learned the extent of Sophie’s muscular fragility: opening and closing pen caps and lunch containers, never being afforded the privacy we all take for granted in the restroom and the inability to play with her peers on the playground,” Drobny said.

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CSA speaker: Poverty pervasive, on rise in wealthy Silicon Valley


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
“Hometown Hero” Sally Lieber receives a hug from Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency.

People live along creeks, up steep hillsides and in trees – there are thousands of them living a stone’s throw from Wal-Marts and high-tech offices.

They are the homeless, and their numbers are on the rise along with high-paying tech jobs and the cost of housing that makes Silicon Valley the most expensive area in the nation to live.

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