Local residents visit Congress to promote mental health awareness

Courtesy of Liz Semion
Among those lobbying for mental health awareness on Capitol Hill are Los Altos residents Liz Semion, second from left, and her daughter, Vanessa Verea, second from right. The pair and other advocates flank Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, third from right.

Los Altos residents Liz Semion and her daughter, Vanessa Verea, addressed members of Congress last month with high hopes.

Aiming to raise awareness of troubled youth with mental health issues, the mother-daughter pair and members of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) sat down with several members of Congress June 19 on Capitol Hill.


Volunteer from Holland returns to Hidden Villa

Laurie Aubuchon/Special to the Town Crier
Marjoleine de Waal, pictured with a four-legged Hidden Villa friend, said she finds volunteering at the Los Altos Hills farm and preserve “so rewarding.”

Marjoleine de Waal, a volunteer farm tour guide for two years at Hidden Villa, teaches schoolchildren about the 1,600-acre nonprofit organic farm and preserve in Los Altos Hills.

“It’s not every day you can show children where wool comes from,” said de Waal, 53, born and raised in Holland. “It’s so rewarding that (the children) enjoy themselves.”


Rotary conference boosts financial knowledge in high school juniors

Jerry Tomanek/ Special to the Town Crier
Arley Marley organizes the Rotary Club’s Enterprise Leadership Conference to encourage creativity, resourcefulness and drive among local high school students.

For three decades, high school juniors participating in the Rotary Club’s Enterprise Leadership Conference have built virtual companies.

Launched, supported and funded by Rotary Clubs in San Jose, Los Gatos and Oakland, the annual three-day conference emphasizes teamwork, confidence building and friendship.


Rotary honors Casey and AIDS Project at annual event

Courtesy of John Hammerschmidt
Rich Casey accepts the Guy Shoup Clock Award for Los Altos Rotarian of the Year.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently honored Los Altos Hills resident Rich Casey as Rotarian of the Year.

Outgoing Rotary President Jack Kelly selected Casey, president of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, from among the club’s 171 members for making the greatest contribution to the club over the past year. As Rotarian of the Year, the club’s highest honor, Casey received the Guy Shoup Clock Award.


North County Social Services Agency joins 650 area code


Residents in north Santa Clara County are now three digits and many miles closer to vital public services.

Beginning last month, the North County office for Santa Clara County’s Social Services Agency acquired new phone numbers in the 650 area code, making the office truly local for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and parts of Sunnyvale.


MV, Google launch free community shuttle

The city of Mountain View and Google Inc. have partnered to provide a free community shuttle service that will begin as a two-year pilot program.

The daily shuttle is slated to roll out in the fall, with electric shuttles outfitted with bicycle racks.


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