CSA's 'Hometown Heroes' support efforts to combat homelessness in Bay Area

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Tom Myers, second from right, honors Community Services Agency’s “Hometown Heroes” award winners – from left, Curtis Church, Shion O’Connor, Mary Prochnow and Mallory Burke.

In recent years, the Bay Area housing crisis has become a top public policy issue at both the state and local level. However, it isn’t just on the minds of politicians and government officials – nonprofit groups are seeing the crisis firsthand.

At Community Services Agency’s annual “Hometown Heroes” fundraising breakfast Sept. 12, the group’s staff told the assembled crowd about the challenges and changes CSA is dealing with in the local community, including a spike in homelessness.

Rediscovering Thomas Foon Chew: The legacy of Bay Side Cannery owner

n Chapman Research on the life of Thomas Foon Chew, owner of Bay Side Cannery in Alviso and Mayfield, led to the discovery that he canned fruits and vegetables under seven different brand names.

One interesting thing about writing history’s stories is that even after a book is published, the research continues. Publishing has deadlines; learning never ends.

All for 'knot': Speaker explores da Vinci's curious signatures

Famed Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci used intertwining knots as his signature on his works of art. In the wake of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, writer/filmmaker Caroline Cocciardi unraveled the mystery of the knots in an Aug. 22 Rotary Club of Los Altos presentation.

While da Vinci’s artistic legacy rests on a limited output of a dozen or so paintings, he was a prolific author, writing 23 codices that filled 7,000 pages about the myriad subjects he had studied. His interests ranged from engineering to science and mathematics, all consistently revealing his fascination with mathematical knots.

Schola to perform winning entry in student poetry contest

Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has launched a poetry contest for high school students, with the winning poem set to new music and performed by the 75-voice ensemble.

Young poets are asked to submit work under the theme “California’s Natural Beauty.” All poems must have a title and be 20 lines or fewer. Any rhyme style is accepted except free verse.

Los Altos Hills resident reflects on 'Lone Ranger' radio career


Long before entertainment consisted of bingeing the latest Netflix program or watching 20-somethings find love on a reality show, people would sit by the radio and wait for their favorite radio drama to start.

Los Altos Hills resident Dave Parker was one of the voices listeners heard. From 1948 to 1951, Parker was part of the cast of “The Lone Ranger,” the old-time Western classic about a masked hero that aired nationally.

Inspiration becomes art for WomenSV

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Ruthven Darlene, left, and artist D.A. “Dave” Hendrickson display his painting “Journey Into Light,” which hangs in the downtown Los Altos offices of the nonprofit WomenSV.


Artist D.A. “Dave” Hendrickson recently donated a painting to the Los Altos nonprofit organization WomenSV, which helps affluent victims of domestic violence.

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