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West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2

West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Lessons learned at a landfill – trashing myths of recycling

Photo Courtesy Of Kacey Fitzpatrick

Nearly everything we throw away can be recycled or composted, as demonstrated at the Los Altos Community Picnic Sept. 7.

As part of our work in the water and waste workgroup for the Los Altos Green Ribbon Citizens Committee, some folks from GreenTown Los Altos had the opportunity to tour Norcal's state-of-the-art recycling facility and transfer station in San Francisco. Norcal is the parent company of Los Altos Garbage, which processes much of its waste and recycling closer to home at Newby Island Recyclery.

On that bright and sunny day a few weeks ago, 15 visitors stood with mouths agape at the sheer volume of recyclables. The transfer station – where Norcal processes waste destined for landfills, and food and yard wastes are slated for composting – evoked a similar response. It was simply not possible to leave the tour without feeling overwhelmed by the amount that we, as Americans, consume and throw away in our daily lives.

Furthermore, two myths were dispelled.

• Myth No. 1 – We throw away garbage. It turns out that most of what we throw away can be recycled or composted. Approximately 70 percent of material that goes to landfills is organic waste and paper. In a landfill, these materials produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. A large percentage of the remaining 30 percent of waste is recoverable – plastic, metal, glass, and construction and demolition debris.

• Myth No. 2 – Our recyclables get recycled. Although Los Altos Garbage collects a wide range of materials at curbside, not all of them are recycled. Recycling depends on the market for the end product.

Typically, approximately 85 percent of plastics are recycled – primarily No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, with No. 2 being the most valuable. Plastics that do get recycled are often down-cycled into products that are not recyclable, such as pipes and picnic tables. Remaining waste is sent to landfills.

Blocks of Styrofoam go to landfills, even though they are accepted at curbside. Containers made from multiple layers of materials, such as milk cartons, juice boxes and juice bags, often meet a similar fate – here or in China.

So what can we do about it?

• Get food out of the trash. Start backyard composting or try worm composting – children love it. Composting keeps food waste out of landfills and provides valuable nutrients for your soil (see The Green Life, Aug. 20 Town Crier).

• Go paperless. Reduce the amount you print, and when you do, print double-sided.

• Bring your own. When you're out and about, remember to bring your own bags, water bottle, coffee mug and take-out containers. Lots of options are available. For bags, I've discovered Chico Bags – chicobag.com – a bag within a bag. You can easily hook it on your belt loop or store several in your purse – they're that small.

• Avoid packaging, or at the very least, plastic packaging, with the exception of No. 2 milk jugs, and packaging with several materials or layers, such as juice bags or milk cartons. Choose items packaged in reusable or returnable containers such as glass or recyclable materials, including paper and cardboard. Buy in bulk.

Margie Suozzo is a member of the GreenTown Los Altos leadership team and co-chairwoman of the Green Ribbon Citizens Committee subgroup on water and waste.

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