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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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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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Water's the star in Rewa's garden

Town Crier Correspondent

I'm a Pisces - March 14 - born in the Year of the Dragon, and I've always loved fishponds and swimming," said Rewa Hulden-Hodges.

In Hulden-Hodges' small garden near downtown Los Altos, there's a remarkable amount of water, not to mention scores of pelicans and hundreds of interesting plants. It's a garden like many people remember from their childhoods, an entire universe of different planting areas, a sundial, fountains, birdbaths, cactus and succulents with abalone shells, comfortable upholstered chairs, generous overhead shade - there's even a new-millennium hot tub from which to view a nearby mini-fountain.

Hulden-Hodges' first gardening memories go back to the early 1920s in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where, as a schoolgirl, she helped her uncle grow vegetables. Then she was sent through a nearby tourist campground to sell the fresh produce to people passing through on sightseeing trips.

"Business really picked up after they opened Mount Rushmore," Hulden-Hodges recalled.

Hulden-Hodges also built gardens - all with fishponds, of course - on sand dunes in San Francisco's Sunset District, in San Carlos and off Summerhill Road in Los Altos Hills. Her downtown Los Altos garden began with a large double fishpond she designed soon after buying the property as an investment in 1959.

"This was the contractor's own home; he built three other houses, as well as this one in 1949," Hulden-Hodges said. "The garden was just grass and ivy when we bought it."

As a widow, Hulden-Hodges moved into the house in 1972. First, she filled the dry ponds with water and covered them with a wooden arbor, creating a restful and shady corner of tranquillity in the backyard. Then, she took out the lawn in front, planted trees, including a now-towering redwood, and clivia, nandina, Burmese honeysuckle and baby tears. An ancient native American grinding stone points the way to the front door.

Next, Hulden-Hodges laid out a rose garden along the driveway, installed another small fountain, and started creating numerous garden rooms, making a mosaic of planting beds throughout the back of the property, which measures about 50 feet by 100 feet in all.

With a rap of a small rock on a larger one beside the double pond, she called her many backyard goldfish for a snack. A miniature water wheel, a gift from her son, turns gently and adds to the watery ambience. Birds dart everywhere, sipping flowery nectars and feeding from the many stations Hulden-Hodges stocks with seed.

"Everybody just goes straight out here when they come to visit," she said. "We live out here in the summer."

From the shady front garden, visitors pass first through a west-facing side garden that has been planted with desert-loving ice plant and shelves of cacti and succulents. Pots of geraniums scramble in front of "old man" cactus, tall yucca and volcanic rock collected in Arizona.

"This is a real sun trap," Hulden-Hodges said.

Her good friend and fellow gardener Desmond Lillie has made a wooden sign for the gate into the back garden: "Love Grows Here."

Alstromenia in bright color, potato vines, impatiens, tiger lilies, azaleas, Japanese arched bridges, Japanese irises, fuschias and statues are just a few of the bright spots that attract attention. More retiring, but equally fascinating, are the sparrows, hummingbirds and orchids that shimmer in unexpected places.

"I like bright-colored flowers, not white ones," Hulden-Hodges said.

At the very back of the property, down a camellia-lined path, there is still another garden area, which she calls the "Back Forty." Here she grows winter chard, summer vegetables, irises, lavender, clematis, a Cecil Bruner rose, a fig tree, a 10-year-old white angel's trumpet and a "tomato tree" from Australia.

"When we sit in the back garden, we are in our own little world," Hulden-Hodges said.

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