Santa Clara Valley Lives: Thomas Foon Chew: The man who made a difference

Courtesy of Historic Bay Area Visionaries 
Cannery magnate Thomas Foon Chew is second from right in this 1916 photo. His wife is at far left and his mother at center.

There are mysteries in the life of Thomas Foon Chew.

LA History Museum exhibition tells story of Juana Briones


Juana Briones’ story feels modern, but she was born in 1802, when California was a colony of Spain.

The survivor of spousal abuse and the death of her four children in epidemics, the resourceful Briones was a successful entrepreneur who purchased a ranch in what became parts of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto. Yet as a healer and advocate, she always took time to help others in need.

Deer Hollow Farm receives funding for barn renovation

Plans are underway to renovate Deer Hollow Farm’s historical white barn, the result of a funding partnership between the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the city of Mountain View and Friends of Deer Hollow Farm.

“Through partnerships, we’re able to preserve this historic ranch and provide environmental education to the community and thousands of local children who enjoy the farm’s outdoor camps and programs each year,” said Ana María Ruiz, general manager of the open-space district.

It's that time again: Town Crier seeks spooky stories

October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words. We will award first-, second- and third-place honors to the authors. First-place authors will receive a prize.

Gender equity still a ways off, speaker tells AAUW at kickoff meeting

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Grace Liu, Tech Trek camp attendee, shares about an engineering project at the Sept. 23 AAUW meeting.

The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women launched its 2018-2019 membership year with a program on gender equity Sept. 23 at the Los Altos main library.

In her presentation – “Gender Equity: What’s Taking So Long?” – Emily Carian, doctoral candidate at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, discussed her research, which focuses on interviewing men who are self-described “feminists” or “men’s rights activists.”

Morning Forum presentation centers on threat to fact-based journalism

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier

The Morning Forum of Los Altos speakers series opened its 69th year Sept. 18 with Janine Zacharia’s timely presentation, “The Era of Noise: From Fake News to the Future of Journalism.”

Before coming to Stanford University as the Carlos Kelly McClatchy lecturer in the communication department, Zacharia covered the Middle East for a number of news agencies, including The Washington Post, Bloomberg and Reuters. She traveled extensively with both U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. She now appears routinely as a cable news analyst on MSNBC, CNN and other networks.

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