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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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The challenge for a road less-traveled: GreenTown Los Altos urges residents to run, bike, walk

Photo Town Crier File Photo GreenTown organizers hope their Drive Less Challenge will encourage residents to leave their cars at home and hop on their bikes to save fuel and stimulate the local economy.

The grassroots environmental group GreenTown Los Altos is challenging residents to get out of their cars and hit the streets running, biking or walking, beginning Friday, Earth Day.

In an effort to curb solo driving, the non-profit organization joins surrounding communities including Cupertino, Palo Alto and Menlo Park in a two-week Drive Less Challenge.

The contest requires participants to register online and track how they get around from Friday through May 5. Participants can contribute to a blog by sharing stories of how they stayed out of their cars on the event’s Web site at www.drivelesschallenge.org.

Local merchants will donate prizes, such as a $60 haircut coupon from Andiamo’s hair salon and a commuter backpack from REI.

Residents can compete alone or in groups, according to their workplaces, faith communities or schools.

Last year, Los Altos residents competed in a truncated version of the race, according to Margie Suozzo, GreenTown’s new leadership chairwoman, and this year they’re going all out.

“We’re encouraging the high schools to compete with each other, and we’ve talked to Egan Junior High School folks,” Suozzo said.

GreenTown organizers hope the contest stimulates local shopping by offering incentives for people to “fix their bikes or just walk downtown,” she said. As a Los Altos Hills resident, Suozzo said it takes her just six minutes to ride her bike downtown.

“And the experience is better than people anticipate, because there’s no need to park once you get there,” she said.

Los Altos resident Nancy Schwartz posted an account of how much she enjoyed carpooling with a colleague to a wine trade show in Menlo Park last year.

“We were delighted to save gas,” she wrote, adding that they ran into former football player Terry Hoage, who now owns a Paso Robles winery.

Moms shared stories about walking their children to school in the morning, and others posted ridesharing requests.

In 2010, 400 people entered the contest, logging more than 29,000 green miles and replacing 17,500 pounds of carbon emissions. Winners placed in categories for Least Carbon-Dioxide Emissions, Most Trips without Car Miles, Most Improved (based on baseline miles) and Most Use of Alternative Methods of Transportation, including walking, biking, carpooling and small electric vehicles.

The greenest groups were NASA/Ames, Hillview Middle School, friends of Menlo Velo Bicycles, Palo Alto Little League and Congregation Etz Chayim.

Coming on the heels of a management change at GreenTown, Suozzo oversees the contest. Executive Director Keith Turner resigned for personal reasons in early April (see sidebar). Suozzo, co-founder and a longtime member, continues to manage the programs’ group. She earned two master’s degrees, one in environmental studies and the other in public policy.

Because the group follows a collaborative organizational model, she said she relies on its many active volunteers.

 

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.greentownlosaltos.org.

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