Local honored for efforts in paralysis research


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The Bridgman family is set to receive the Spirit of Courage Award.

Giving up is not in Chris Bridgman’s character.

“I’ve always considered myself a fighter,” said the Los Altos native.

American Legion posts co-host Veterans Day event in Mtn. View

Members of American Legion Post 881 and the Mountain View Veterans Memorial Committee have scheduled a Veterans Day ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial in Eagle Park, 650 Franklin St.

The event will feature the Mountain View Fire Department Honor Guard presenting the colors, an a capella group from Mountain View High School singing the national anthem and a Cub Scout leading the Pledge of Alligiance.

CSA Food & Nutrition Center reaches out to underserved residents


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In addition to operating its own food pantry, the Community Services Agency distributes food at two Mountain View elementary schools – Castro and Theuerkauf – as well as the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2017 update: CSA continues to work at reducing access barriers to its many services and has increased outreach to schools and the homeless population. In addition to operating its own food pantry, CSA distributes food at two Mountain View elementary schools – Castro and Theuerkauf – as well as the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. A partnership with West Valley Community Services enables CSA to share a van for food outreach. The agency also helps stock the pantry at Foothill College and support the senior nutrition program at the Mountain View Senior Center.

Jeremiah's Promise helps foster children develop confidence


Courtesy of Jeremiah's Promise
Jeremiah's Promise founder Kim Golter, above, leads a workshop for foster youth graduating from the system and beginning their careers. The nonprofit organization uses a curriculum focused on emotional healing to support achievement in work and education. 

  • Mission: Jeremiah’s Promise aims to equip transition-age foster youth for a better future. The program lays the groundwork for emotional healing, academic resilience and leadership development as well as career-path competency.

• 2017 update: Jeremiah’s Promise continues to work with local foster youth in workshops and via one-on-one online coaching, and it has expanded its services to teach other foster agencies around the U.S. about its custom-designed online coaching model.

Sunday Friends provides support for families in need


Courtesy of Sunday Friends
Children and their parents gather for activities at a Sunday Friends location. In addition to Sunday Friends’ classes on parenting, financial literacy, English fluency, nutrition and health, the program now includes more science, technology, engineering and math activities.

• Mission: Sunday Friends empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while educating and guiding parents to support their children’s life success.

• 2017 update: Sunday Friends has expanded to a third site at Meadows Elementary School. in San Jose. Alongside its current activities and classes at Lowell and Santee schools, the organization serves 50 additional families.

Architect shares local vision of Italian design with Rotarians


Lina Broydo/ Special to the Town Crier
Salvatore Caruso described his efforts to create architectural beauty in Silicon Valley during the Oct. 19 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting. Above Caruso is a projection of the proposed Volar building in San Jose.

Salvatore Caruso, Italy’s honorary consul for San Jose, described his efforts to create architectural beauty in Silicon Valley at the Oct. 19 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Caruso, who studied architecture in Italy, is president of Salvatore Caruso Design Corp. in Santa Clara. He cited the “creation of enduring beauty” as fundamental to Italian culture. According to Caruso, Michelangelo’s “Pieta” sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and Italian cathedrals and aqueducts inspired two of his architectural innovations in the Bay Area.


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