Archaeologist uncovers Hannibal's secret weapon


Archaeologist Patrick N. Hunt took the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience on a trip back in time during his Nov. 19 discussion of Hannibal, a leader he deemed the “greatest military strategist of all time.”

In his presentation “Hannibal’s Secret Weapon,” Hunt, who has taught at Stanford University since 1993, spoke of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general born in 247 B.C.

Preparing for emergencies? There's a grant for that

David Head/Special to the Town Crier
The Block Action Team on Ben Roe Drive used its 2018-2019 Community and Emergency Preparedness Grant to purchase emergency preparedness kits and host an ice cream social, during which members distributed the kits to neighbors.

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Grants are available for qualified projects that support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and strengthening the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime; and to increase communication and bolster connections within the Los Altos community.

Pet Pause: Things you should keep in mind as your pets grow older

 As pets grow older, their personalities mature and deepen. Unfortunately, they also develop health problems associated with older age. The following are problems we commonly see in older pets and methods to manage them.

Help One Child: Supporting foster and adoptive families across four counties

Courtesy of Help One Child
Approximately 60 Help One Child campers ages 7-12 and 30 full-time volunteer counselors participate in a summer camp held in August.

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties.

• 2019 update: Founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris 26 years ago, Help One Child expanded to Contra Costa and Sonoma counties in October, and executive director Valerie Crane said the nonprofit expects to launch in Alameda County next year.

Bayshore Christian Ministries: Equipping youth to develop as community leaders

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Students in Bayshore Christian Ministries, above and right, grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.

• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.

Jorge Peraza, a college graduate who has been both a BCM participant and intern, expressed his appreciation for the organization.

Veterans Resource Center: Helping student veterans transition to college

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A mural paying tribute to veterans marks the location of the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to ensure that the nation’s student veterans and military service members are provided quality support services and opportunities for academic success, professional growth and meaningful employment.

Located on the Foothill campus, the center offers veterans opportunities to pursue educational and career success. The resources support not only veterans, but also eligible dependents, active-duty service members, select reserve service members and National Guard members.

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