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CHAC aims to bring children, families back from the brink

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Community Health Awareness Council programs provide support for families with children from infancy through the teenage years. CHAC programs and therapists helped avert suicide in dozens of cases this year.

• Mission: The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) provides alternatives to self-destructive behavior and helps create healthy lives for children and families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and surrounding communities.

• 2016 update: CHAC programs and therapists helped avert suicide in dozens of cases this year. Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be a serious problem. There was increased use of prescription drugs in schools and in the community. In the coming year, CHAC plans to address the increasing demand for mental health services in schools and integrate technology to more efficiently serve the community.

Kids with autism benefit from exposure to arts in CSMA program

The Artistic Intelligence program at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View benefit from participation in both music and the visual arts. The program receives much of its funding from Holiday Fund donations.

• Mission: Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) promotes art and music education for students of all ages and abilities. The Holiday Fund almost exclusively funds the organization’s Artistic Intelligence program, which offers students with special needs classes in art, music and dance three days a week, September through April. Participants develop friendships and community outside their typical one-on-one teaching scenarios.

At the conclusion of each season, students participate in a ceremony recognizing their successful completion of the programs through the presentation of awards.

Barbara Emerich: Longtime Los Altos resident was dedicated advocate for schools, children


Barbara Emerich, longtime Los Altos resident and prominent advocate for social justice, died Oct. 7 after a short illness. She was 96.

National MS Society receives $3 million from Los Altos resident Edward Dowd

Courtesy of National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Multiple Sclerosis Society CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo visits with Edward Dowd.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has received what representatives called “a significant, life-changing gift” from Los Altos resident Edward Dowd.

The gift will establish the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, enabling some patients to continue living in their homes.

Visually impaired raise cane to promote awareness in Los Altos

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Sarah Hudson, left – with Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, deputy chief of staff of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins – support the cause at the Oct. 19 gathering in Veterans Community Plaza.

Members of the visually impaired community gathered Oct. 19 in downtown Los Altos to recognize White Cane Awareness Day, an initiative that promotes safety for the blind and honors those who sacrificed their sight in service to the country.

Many veterans were among the 50 or so supporters who convened at the recently renamed Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets.

They're looking for a few good men (and women)

Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier
Members of this year’s Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee include, from left, Jerry Tomanek, John Cardoza, Morvari Ahi, Rebecca Hickman, Patty Radlo, Gary Waldeck, Jean Mordo, Dennis Young and Ben Gikis. Not pictured are members Sunita Mehta, Paul Nyberg and Ed Infante.

The Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 34th annual awards through Monday.

The cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have joined forces on the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. Nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards since the recognition’s inception.

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