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Detectives arrest Mountain View teen on child porn charges

Detectives arrest Mountain View teen on child porn charges

Mountain View Police detectives today (Aug. 17) announced the arrest of a Mountain View teen they say possessed hundreds of child pornography images.

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Josh Chispa

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Bullis Boosters Camp adds leadership element

Bullis Boosters Camp adds leadership element


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Bullis Boosters Camp counselors-in-training, from left, Nicole Andrews, Elena Atluri and Amrita Sangani serve snacks to students at the summer bridge camp.

In addition to its tuition-free summer bridge camp for local underse...

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Community

Grant from Home Instead foundation funds improved care for seniors at CSA

The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation recently donated a $5,000 matching grant to Community Services Agency, the Mountain View-based agency that serves local residents in need.

The foundation raised the funds through its inaugural GIVE65 Event, a ...

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Sports

Spartans address concussion concerns head-on

Spartans address concussion concerns head-on


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Linebacker Danny Holton, rushing the punter in last month’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game at Levi’s Stadium, is a big believer in the rugby-style tackling Mountain View High implemented his senior year. ...

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Letters to the Editor

Sophomores don’t need to take AP classes

Why are high school students in local schools so stressed? Maybe because they and their families believe advice like that in the Town Crier’s “Road to College” column that sophomore ye...

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Los Altos doctor takes lead role at American Heart Association

Los Altos doctor takes lead role at American Heart Association


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Dr. David Lee of Los Altos, center, recently assumed the role of board president of the American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate. Pictured with Lee are, from left, fellow board member Joni Byun and Kathy Rogers, executi...

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Business

Unique State St. spot to host Saratoga chef's new restaurant

Unique State St. spot to host Saratoga chef's new restaurant


Photos courtesy of Olson Kundig
A woman opens the guillotine window at 242 State St., above, the building set to become a restaurant, below.

Andrew Welch hopes that a building best known for its stunning streetscape will soon become famous for w...

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People

CHARLES ROSCOE LOMAX

CHARLES ROSCOE LOMAX

1921-2016

Charlie passed peacefully in his sleep on August 10, 2016 at home in Los Altos with his family by his side. He was born in Spencer, NC on January 8, 1921 and spent his youth in East Spencer, NC. He was the only member of his high school ...

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News

Detectives arrest Mountain View teen on child porn charges

Detectives arrest Mountain View teen on child porn charges

Mountain View Police detectives today (Aug. 17) announced the arrest of a Mountain View teen they say possessed hundreds of child pornography images.

Courtesy of MVPD
Josh Chispa

Josh Chispa, 18, is charged with possession of child pornography, a felony, and distribution of child pornography, a...

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Business

Unique State St. spot to host Saratoga chef's new restaurant

Unique State St. spot to host Saratoga chef's new restaurant

Photos courtesy of Olson Kundig
A woman opens the guillotine window at 242 State St., above, the building set to become a restaurant, below.

Andrew Welch hopes that a building best known for its stunning streetscape will soon become famous for what’s behind it.

Welch, owner of Saratoga’s The B...

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Sports

Spartans address concussion concerns head-on

Spartans address concussion concerns head-on

Town Crier file photo
Linebacker Danny Holton, rushing the punter in last month’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game at Levi’s Stadium, is a big believer in the rugby-style tackling Mountain View High implemented his senior year. He called it “a genius way to tackle.”

The Moun...

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Community

Grant from Home Instead foundation funds improved care for seniors at CSA

The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation recently donated a $5,000 matching grant to Community Services Agency, the Mountain View-based agency that serves local residents in need.

The foundation raised the funds through its inaugural GIVE65 Event, a 65-hour online donation program aimed at helping n...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Sophomores don’t need to take AP classes

Why are high school students in local schools so stressed? Maybe because they and their families believe advice like that in the Town Crier’s “Road to College” column that sophomore year is the time to take an AP class (“Start t...

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Spiritual Life

'World-embracing vision' requires a shift in thinking

 

More than 120 years ago, the prophet founder of the Baha’i faith wrote, “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

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People

CHARLES ROSCOE LOMAX

CHARLES ROSCOE LOMAX

1921-2016

Charlie passed peacefully in his sleep on August 10, 2016 at home in Los Altos with his family by his side. He was born in Spencer, NC on January 8, 1921 and spent his youth in East Spencer, NC. He was the only member of his high school class of 12 seniors to attend university.

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Schools

Bullis Boosters Camp adds leadership element

Bullis Boosters Camp adds leadership element

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Bullis Boosters Camp counselors-in-training, from left, Nicole Andrews, Elena Atluri and Amrita Sangani serve snacks to students at the summer bridge camp.

In addition to its tuition-free summer bridge camp for local underserved students, the Bullis Boosters Camp expanded t...

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Special Sections

Los Altos doctor takes lead role at American Heart Association

Los Altos doctor takes lead role at American Heart Association

courtesy of aha
Dr. David Lee of Los Altos, center, recently assumed the role of board president of the American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate. Pictured with Lee are, from left, fellow board member Joni Byun and Kathy Rogers, executive vice president of the Western States Affiliate....

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Stepping Out

New Works Festival ends Sunday in PA

New Works Festival ends Sunday in PA

Rohit Chandra/Special to the Town Crier
A reading of Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke” is set for Saturday.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2016 New Works Festival, which opened last week, is slated to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The festival offers a...

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Obituaries

CHARLES ROSCOE LOMAX

CHARLES ROSCOE LOMAX

1921-2016

Charlie passed peacefully in his sleep on August 10, 2016 at home in Los Altos with his family by his side. He was born in Spencer, NC on January 8, 1921 and spent his youth in East Spencer, NC. He was the only member of his high school class of 12 seniors to attend university.

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Magazine

Festival offers fun for just about everyone

Festival offers fun for just about everyone

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The 37th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival expects to draw thousands of people to the downtown village over the weekend. The festival features arts, crafts, food, wine, beer and children’s activities.

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Sculpture shapes Los Altos’ public image


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The installation of Mircea Paul Goreniuc’s “Space Dance for Peace” in Lincoln Park launched Los Altos’ public art program in 1986.

While driving or strolling through Los Altos, visitors will inevitably catch sight of a few sculptures. From the multicolored "ZooScapes" creatures outside the main library to the life-size "Olympic Wannabes" at Village Park, public art weaves its way through downtown, the civic center area and local parks.

Los Altos’ first sculpture appeared in 1986 when the Public Arts Commission inaugurated the sculpture project. The city selected Mircea Paul Goreniuc’s "Space Dance for Peace" as its first piece of public art. Nearly three decades after its installation, the sculpture still calls Lincoln Park home.

Although some artwork is on loan from the artists, the city now owns more than half of the 30 pieces in its collection, thanks to donations from local residents.

"We’re bringing art to the city in the least costly way," said Faye Chapman, chairwoman of the Public Arts Commission. "Art really adds a lot and shows that the city really cares."

Members of the Public Arts Commission handpick and review the sculptures. When selecting works for display, members take into consideration the artistic talent invested, visual appeal and compatibility with the environment.

Artists often loan their pieces to the city for two years at a time and in return gain media exposure, public recognition and the opportunity to sell their work to local art lovers. When the two-year period expires, the artist may choose to donate the piece, take it back or renew the contract.

To find new sculptures, the commission releases a call for art and contacts more than 300 artists to find suitable additions to the growing collection. After selecting a sculpture, it takes approximately a year before it reaches public display. Commission members compare their search for the right sculptures to finding a needle in a haystack.

"We need something that won’t be a safety hazard and fits in with its surroundings," said Chapman of the commission’s criteria. "I see some sculptures and I can just imagine someone climbing all over it, or kids getting their fingers stuck in the cracks."

Chapman noted that sculptures may only be placed on land owned by the city, the primary reason so many are located at Lincoln and Shoup parks. Narrow sidewalks and limited public space downtown constrict the number of sculptures the city can display.

A number of sculptures await installation, including "The Guardian," a life-size bronze work in the shape of a fairy by New Orleans artist Karen Cauvin Eustis. "The Guardian" will stand watch in the open space near the Costume Bank at the corner of State and Third streets.

Santa Rosa artist Riis Burwell’s "Bird" - an 11-foot-tall bronze and stainless-steel abstract tribute to the late jazz musician Charlie Parker - is slated to land in Lincoln Park soon.

Once construction on First Street is completed, Chapman said an additional three sculptures will decorate the landscape.

In addition to the city’s sculpture collection, the Public Arts Commission plans to introduce other forms of public art - bike racks, murals and more - with support from the city council.

For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/publicartscommission/page/public-sculpture. n


Sculptures in Los Altos - Photos By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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