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June 03, 2005

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Community Briefs Community Briefs (June 03, 2005)

Girls' school names new head

The Girls' Middle School has named Deborah Hof as its new head starting July 1.

Hof joins the school from Castilleja Girls' School in Palo Alto, where she served as dean since 2000. Current head Margaret Scott is retiring from the Girls' Middle School after four years there and 33 years in secondary education.

A San Francisco resident, Hof received a bachelor's degree in history from USC, a teaching credential from UC Berkeley, and a master's in school administration from Pepperdine University.

Caltrain launches safety campaign

Caltrain is enlisting those living near the train tracks as extra eyes and ears in an effort to reduce accidents.

Residents near the tracks are being asked to become part of a new safety awareness campaign, Railroad Watch. Brochures are being sent to nearly 10,000 residents, asking them to call Caltrain police if they see any dangerous or suspicious activity, such as people walking or jogging along the tracks or suspicious packages near the tracks or stations.

Residents and passengers can call (877) SAF-RAIL to report anything unusual, or for general inquiries call (800) 660-4287.

Seniors can get tax exemption

Senior citizens who own their homes are eligible for an exemption from the Mountain View-Whisman School District parcel tax. The deadline to apply is June 30. Application forms are available at the school district office and the Mountain View Senior Center. For more information, call (650) 528-3548.

Rotary awards scholarships

The Rotary Club has awarded scholarships to seven local students.

This year saw two $2,000 recipients: Andrew Nguyen of Mountain View Seventh-Day Adventist Academy and Rebecca Vu of Saint Francis High School. The remaining recipients were awarded $1,000 scholarships: Sariah Alcarez, Mountain View High School; Giovanna Duarte, Alta Vista High School; Marcella Torress, Alta Vista High School; and Derrick Jones, Mountain View Adult Education program.

The scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of community service, but scholastic participation and need were among other considerations, according to the Rotary Club.

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