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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

Josh Chispa, 18, is charged with possession of child pornography, ...

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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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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, 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

TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
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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Fabric animates interior design


Courtesy of Viscusi Elson
Fabrics in window treatments and on sofas and pillows add color and texture to any room design.

As an interior designer, I have to admit that I have a fabric addiction. Fabrics can be colorful and vibrant, simple and monochromatic, patterned, striped, floral, woven, printed, jacquard, houndstooth - the choices are endless.

Fabric is one of the most powerful tools I use besides my imagination. Even if you reject window treatments, your home will have fabrics on the sofas, chairs, beds, etc. The right fabric can inspire an entire room and evoke an array of emotions. For that reason alone, it is important to pay attention and give value and time to your fabric selections.

Interior designers choose fabrics carefully to subdue, accent, enhance and/or make a design pop. Fabrics are as unique and individual as finely crafted wines, a special piece of art or that family photo that is perfect for that wall.

Finding fine fabric

A variety of places produce fabrics in a vast array of qualities with endless design possibilities. My favorite countries in which to shop for fabrics are Italy, France, England, India and the U.S.

European vendors are known for their bold use of color, patterns and combinations of the two, often pulling from historical events to re-create a modern version. The craftsmanship of hand embroidery from India is so amazing that European fabric vendors will mill the background fabric and send it to India to have the layer of embroidery applied. Vendors and artisans collaborate from various countries to offer the ideal culmination of design and quality.

Who devises all of these patterns, color combinations and prints? I have always had a vision of fabric designers sitting quietly drinking wine and giggling about the names they give their creations (like names of paint colors), but I learned on my visit to a few of the European fabric houses that it is a much more complex process than that. The artisans draw inspiration from the world around them, cleverly churning out patterns that continue to inspire.

Designers sketch the patterns on paper, then artists handcolor the design to convey the intended vision. Once sold, the buyer can choose to follow the artist’s vision on color or restyle it to fit a collection.

New designs continue to come, fresh colors are produced and timeless traditionals are milled to perfection.

Of course, most people think of sofas and chairs when talking about fabrics, but don’t forget the other opportunities to present your own style through the use of fabrics on pillows, draperies, wall coverings, bed coverings, headboards, bean bags, dog beds and more.

When you begin a home project, start with fabrics that inspire you. Draw inspiration from the lines, patterns and colors. Integrate the use of fabrics into your budget from the beginning and watch your space transform.

If you are interested in viewing and handling some lovely fabrics, stop by my studio in downtown Los Altos to see what’s new. If you are fabric-obsessed like me, you may want to make an appointment, because, as I said, the possibilities are endless.

Gina Viscusi Elson, owner of Viscusi Elson Interior Design and Rutt of Los Altos Custom Cabinetry, is an award-winning interior designer with more than 20 years’ experience. Her showroom is located at 147 Main St., Los Altos. For more information, call 941-7800 or visit veinteriordesign.com. n

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