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It's official, really -- Eng wins seat on LA council


 

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters confirmed last week that Lynette Lee Eng won the hotly contested third open seat on the Los Altos City Council.

Incumbent councilwomen Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins were the top two vote-getters...

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Rullo brings more cheer to Mtn. View High cheerleading squad

Rullo brings more cheer to Mtn. View High cheerleading squad


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High School junior Anneli Rullo, center, cheers with her fellow squad members at a football game in November.

After cheering for her brother, who was quarterback of the Los Altos High football team at the t...

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Community

Rogue runners invade Los Altos

Rogue runners invade Los Altos


 

The annual New Year’s Day fun run, this year with the theme “Rogue Run,” drew roughly 800-900 participants to downtown Los Altos, above, according to Los Altos Recreation & Community Services organizers. Adopting a theme from the late...

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Sports

LA girls hang on to edge Matadors

LA girls hang on to edge Matadors


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior point guard Alyssa Cortinas drives to the basket in Friday night’s game against Monta Vista. She scored a team-high 12 points in the Eagles’ league-opening win.

After its double-digit lea...

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Letters to the Editor

Accusation of atheism ‘mean-spirited’ bullying

May I remind William F. Moniz concerning his truly mean-spirited diatribe in the Dec. 21 Town Crier (“No sympathy for the politically correct”) that it may be that (to quote his ...

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Special Sections

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Lloyd Lettis, 96, of Mountain View plays tennis three days a week at Los Altos High School.

Ninety-six-year-old Mountain View resident Lloyd Lettis seems to have a gene for longevity. And one for farming. And another for t...

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Business

Local 3-story homes have complicated history

Local 3-story homes have complicated history


Asher Kohn/Town Crier
A new three-story home going up on Fairway Drive in Los Altos is subject to county zoning.

Arthur Meyers was out walking before Christmas when he noticed what he thought was a three-story home on Fairway Drive, near Los Altos G...

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People

MARALYNN V. SANT 1923 – 2016

MARALYNN V. SANT 1923 – 2016

Maralynn Maude Viersen Sant passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 31, 2016 of pancreatic cancer.

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News

It's official, really -- Eng wins seat on LA council


 

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters confirmed last week that Lynette Lee Eng won the hotly contested third open seat on the Los Altos City Council.

Incumbent councilwomen Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins were the top two vote-getters, respectively, in the Nov. 8 election. The vote c...

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Business

Local 3-story homes have complicated history

Local 3-story homes have complicated history

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
A new three-story home going up on Fairway Drive in Los Altos is subject to county zoning.

Arthur Meyers was out walking before Christmas when he noticed what he thought was a three-story home on Fairway Drive, near Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

“They don’t h...

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Sports

LA girls hang on to edge Matadors

LA girls hang on to edge Matadors

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior point guard Alyssa Cortinas drives to the basket in Friday night’s game against Monta Vista. She scored a team-high 12 points in the Eagles’ league-opening win.

After its double-digit lead dwindled to four points late in the fourth quart...

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Community

Rogue runners invade Los Altos

Rogue runners invade Los Altos

 

The annual New Year’s Day fun run, this year with the theme “Rogue Run,” drew roughly 800-900 participants to downtown Los Altos, above, according to Los Altos Recreation & Community Services organizers. Adopting a theme from the latest Star Wars movie, “Rogue One,” the 5K run and wa...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Accusation of atheism ‘mean-spirited’ bullying

May I remind William F. Moniz concerning his truly mean-spirited diatribe in the Dec. 21 Town Crier (“No sympathy for the politically correct”) that it may be that (to quote his exact words): “This is and always has been a...

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Spiritual Life

Woman founds nonprofit with a vision to end sexual violence: Spiritual Perspective

Nikole Lim has a vision – to end the cycle of sexual violence everywhere.

What motivated a young woman who grew up in the Bay Area and attended film school in Los Angeles to chase such a difficult goal – and to start in Africa?

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People

MARALYNN V. SANT 1923 – 2016

MARALYNN V. SANT 1923 – 2016

Maralynn Maude Viersen Sant passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 31, 2016 of pancreatic cancer.

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Schools

Rullo brings more cheer to Mtn. View High cheerleading squad

Rullo brings more cheer to Mtn. View High cheerleading squad

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High School junior Anneli Rullo, center, cheers with her fellow squad members at a football game in November.

After cheering for her brother, who was quarterback of the Los Altos High football team at the time, 6-year-old Anneli Rullo knew she wanted to be...

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Special Sections

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Lloyd Lettis, 96, of Mountain View plays tennis three days a week at Los Altos High School.

Ninety-six-year-old Mountain View resident Lloyd Lettis seems to have a gene for longevity. And one for farming. And another for travel.

He calls himself “lucky” in hi...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks opens its 'Heart'

TheatreWorks opens its 'Heart'

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Sisters Meg (Sarah Moser, left), Lenny (Therese Plaehn, center) and Babe (Lizzie O’Hara) celebrate a birthday in a scene from TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Crimes of the Heart.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents “Crimes of the Heart,” a play scheduled t...

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Obituaries

MARALYNN V. SANT 1923 – 2016

MARALYNN V. SANT 1923 – 2016

Maralynn Maude Viersen Sant passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 31, 2016 of pancreatic cancer.

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Magazine

Holidays in the heat: Commemorate Christmas south of the equator

Holidays in the heat: Commemorate Christmas south of the equator

Courtesy of Camping
Patrons of Camping, a restaurant in Buenos Aires, enjoy the warm weather during last year’s holiday season.

When I relocated from Mountain View to Buenos Aires in July, I knew I’d be stepping into winter. I packed my rain boots and heavy coat, and I set aside my longing for a p...

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Many plants thrive without soil


Courtesy of Laxmi Natarajan
Tillandsias are plants that take their nutrients through the air, not via dirt like regular plants.

The sight of a delicate green plant with a colorful bloom in a small hanging terrarium always catches my guests’ eyes - it’s a guaranteed conversation starter. On closer look, however, they notice that there is no soil in the terrarium and wonder whether the plants are living or artificial. It is an introduction for most to the genus Tillandsia.

Linnaeus established the genus Tillandsia in the 1700s and named it after Swedish botanist Elias Tillands.

Tillandsias take their nutrients through their leaves and need only air, water and light - no soil - hence they are also known as Air Plants. Epiphytes - plants that grow on other plants (such as trees) nonparasitically, or sometimes on some other object - derive their moisture and nutrients from the atmosphere, rain and sometimes the debris accumulating around them. Air Plants are epiphytes. Found in Central and South America, Mexico, the southern U.S. and the tropics, they are fascinating, low-maintenance plants that bloom with bright flowers. Members of the Bromeliad family, they usually sprout little pups on the side as the mother plant dies down.

Indoor and outdoor displays

Tillandsias are very popular for mounting because of their fantastic form and texture. They are small and grow slowly, making them easy to manage and maintain.

They can be attached to anything: a branch or twig of grape or Manzanita, a slab of wood, a coconut shell or driftwood. Choose a mount that will not disintegrate under the existing conditions.

Attach the plant with waterproof adhesives such as Liquid Nails, Goop or silicone sealer, available in hardware and home stores. The plant must be held in place until the glue hardens. A hot glue gun is the fastest and safest method if the plant is attached a few seconds after the glue has cooled. Sheet or Sphagnum Moss pressed around the plant and into the glue will present a more natural appearance. Nylon monofilament - fishing line - that is nearly invisible can also secure the plants.

The roots of these plants are tough, weather resistant and can be used to attach it to the substrate. Do not attach the plant by its leaves. When the leaves die, the plant will detach.

If the plant has no roots, tie it or wire it rather than fasten it with an adhesive. If the area around the base is damp but not wet, most Tillandsias will produce roots. Constant wetness at the base of the plant can cause rot.

Care of Tillandsias

Plants can be sprayed or misted daily, but the easiest way to water is to plunge the plant once a week into a container of water to which a Bromeliad Fertilizer 17-8-22 is added and let it soak five minutes to an hour or so. Drain or shake off excess water after removing the plant from its bath. Water trapped in the plant can cause rot.

Tillandsias must dry completely between waterings - they cannot breathe through a wet leaf surface.

When the mother plant blooms and dies, Tillandsia collections grow for decades because of the propagation of the pups. The plants continue to provide gardening gratification indoors and out.

Laxmi Natarajan, a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, is a garden and interiorscape designer at Bagicha Garden & Flora Design. For more information, call 703-9756 or visit bagicha.com. n

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