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VTA plans for  El Camino Real prompt skepticism

VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit alo...

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Schools

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record


Barry Tonge/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship braceletsNov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 Mountain View High School students gathered around...

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Community

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One...

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Comment

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans th...

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Business

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.


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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase ...

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemi...

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Travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince ...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Simple rules to keep family travel fun, affordable and stress-free


Photo By: Pete Borello/Town Crier
Photo Pete Borello/Town Crier

Whether traveling to the Grand Canyon or Europe, there are ways to save money.
Special to the Town Crier

If you’ve watched any of the “Vacation” movies, you’ve seen what can go wrong on a family trip.

While hilarity is typically the end result of the mishaps in these movies, certain blunders aren’t as funny in real life. So it’s important to ensure that you and your children will remember your trip for the right reasons. By following a few pieces of advice, you can make your next vacation relaxing and affordable – and a blast for the whole family. Try the following tips, courtesy of Offers.com.

• Score free meals. When you are feeding an entire family, costs add up quickly. Look for hotels that offer a free breakfast, so you can save on one meal each day. Many hotels now offer oatmeal, waffles, eggs and other more kid-friendly selections in addition to the traditional coffee and pastries. To save on other meals, it might be wise to find a hotel room with a refrigerator so that you can stock up on sandwich meat and snacks.

• Find kid-friendly travel. Search for travel discounts where kids fly free or at a reduced rate. In addition, especially if you have younger children who aren’t used to flying, you might want to look for airlines that offer in-flight entertainment options like child-friendly movies. If you’re driving, consider renting a vehicle with built-in child seats or entertainment options like a DVD player.

• Choose a resort with more. Many all-inclusive resorts are especially tailored to families with children of all ages, so if your children are farther apart in age, this may be a good option. Many family-friendly resorts cater to children, tweens and teens alike with age-appropriate activities such as story time, sports and game rooms. Some also offer kids’ camps so that mom and dad can enjoy a little alone time.

• Have a plan. It’s especially important when you are traveling with children to review your plan ahead of time and make them aware of it, so they know what to expect. It’s also a chance to get them excited about your vacation. By sitting down and finding which things each family member would like to do during your trip, you’ll ensure that everyone comes home happy. Many of your destinations may offer free travel guides that can aid in planning, which can also be found at Offers.com/travel.

• Travel light. Instead of cramming a stroller into your car, consider renting a stroller at the attractions you plan to visit. When booking a hotel room, check to see if they have cribs available for your younger children. By eliminating extra items from your load, you’ll keep your sanity.

• Take advantage of coupons and deals. Because many destinations are competing for your dollar, there are plenty of deals and travel coupons to be had. When looking at booking flights or accommodations, or even restaurants once you are on the road, check for money-saving offers online before purchasing. The same goes for theme parks or other attractions you plan to visit.

The easiest and fastest way to find offers is to visit a website like Offers.com, whose staff does the work for you by compiling easy-to-navigate, easy-to-search and verified and updated travel specials for you to peruse. You never know, you might even find a deal that allows you to explore an opportunity you hadn’t yet thought of. n

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