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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


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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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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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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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LAYT introduces youth to acting – and a new culture


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Young actors and actresses rehearse ahead of their auditions for “Arabian Nights.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre encourages mastery, self-confidence and a sense of belonging for students of all ages, according to the aspiring thespians who recently auditioned for the fall production of "Arabian Nights."

Founded in 1990 under the umbrella of the Los Altos Recreation Department, LAYT’s stated goal is to develop skills and interest in the dramatic arts while creating a family environment where all members are respected and well treated.

One alumna of the program, Michaela Schwartz, 22, appeared in 21 LAYT shows and co-produced a documentary, "Dramatized" (2008), for Mountain View’s Freestyle Academy. Now a junior at Chapman University in Southern California, she majors in film production with an emphasis in directing - and she’s still passionate about LAYT.

Schwartz, whose brother Devlin also acted in the troupe, said she made her "absolute closest friends" at LAYT, where she felt empowered to develop confidence and polish her acting skills to land bigger and bigger roles. The adults involved allowed students to "move at a pace that we were more comfortable with," she added.

Acting up: Students learn about other cultures

"Arabian Nights" director Rebecca J. Ennals, artistic director at the San Francisco Shakespeare Theatre, began directing LAYT plays in high school. At LAYT, she has overseen "Great Expectations" and "Little Women."

Ennals said she loves that while LAYT shows sell out and the community supports the program, "it hasn’t totally become a machine."

She first approached Trish Files, LAYT artistic director, with the "Arabian Nights" idea, because "this is about a culture these kids don’t know much about."

"It’s a very ancient and fascinating part of the world," Ennals said of Arabia, adding that acting allows people to become "a temporary expert in … cultural traditions from other countries like India or Persia."

Los Altos High School senior Rachel Bratt snagged the role of Queen Shahrazad, sharing the lead with Rasika Raghavan - LAYT productions always feature two casts.

With rehearsals scheduled 6:30-9 p.m. four times a week, Bratt has developed a system for keeping up with her schoolwork.

"A schedule for doing homework helps keep me caught up," she said. "I have three hours between school and rehearsal, so three hours for a snack and homework. It took me a little while to get used to cramming it in that tight block, but I learned to work well efficiently, and now I look forward to grabbing my script, a pencil and water before running out the door to another fantastic production at LAYT."

Bratt said she is "super-excited" to undertake her second lead part in an LAYT show - she also played Anne in "Anne of Green Gables" in 2012.

"That was probably the best show I have ever been in at LAYT," she said of "Anne of Green Gables." "Not only did it feel professional, but everybody was such a joy to work with. The cast was so close, we really were a family. Even though it’s almost been two years, we still all keep in touch and have regular get-togethers."

Her favorite role was portraying the Dancing Hamburger in "Ramona Quimby" in 2011, which she described as "one of the most fun things I have ever done, hands down."

Supporting cast: Family is key

The recent auditions for "Arabian Nights" drew a cast of young actors and their supportive family members.

"I really didn’t want to do it for a long time," admitted Nils Forstall, 11, whose sister acted before him, but somewhere along the way, "I really started to like acting."

As Nils shared his initial reluctance to take to the stage, his grandmother, Kathy Brown, noted that her daughter Molly loved the theater. The entire family had trekked to Ashland, Ore., to see plays, as well as to New York City to see "Billy Elliot" on Broadway.

Nils had hoped for a medium-size role in "Arabian Nights" - he landed the key part of Abu Hassan.

Los Altos Hills resident Riley Breier, 11, attended the auditions with his mother, Ronda. Riley previously appeared in "Ramona Quimby" as the Old Man, in "Alice" as the Ace of Spades and in "Anne of Green Gables" as Moody Spurgeon MacPherson.

Riley has attended two Peninsula Youth Theatre summer camps and appeared in class plays in grade school.

Los Altos Youth Theatre organizers ask for a commitment, requesting that actors clear their calendars of conflicts (special instances excepted). Riley said he takes learning his lines seriously, noting that he cares about the group and doesn’t want to disappoint them.

"I really love acting," he said. "I wanted to be an actor and wanted to do more intense theater."

"Arabian Nights" is scheduled Oct. 18

through Nov. 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/los-altos-youth-theatre. n


Los Altos Youth Theater auditions for Arabian Nights - Photos by Los Altos Town Crier

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