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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

Sale offers opportunity to 'discover' jewels, fight cancer

Sale offers opportunity to 'discover' jewels, fight cancer

Volunteers and staff at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop in downtown Los Altos urge shoppers to "Be A Gem, Buy A Jewel" during the shop's special sale this Friday (April 17) and Saturday (April 18).

The sale is an opportunity to find Mot...

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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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Epicurean's Mary Clark Bartlett: Serving sustainability


Courtesy of Michael McTighe
Mary Clark Bartlett is founder and CEO of Los Altos-based Epicurean Group.

Labels such as “healthy,” “organic” and “green” are rarely used to describe the meals served in most corporate cafes in Silicon Valley. But one Los Altos foodservice company under its pioneering leader, Mary Clark Bartlett, is out to change the way employees eat.

On a recent day, Maxim Integrated employees streamed into Cafe Rio, joining the fast-moving lines to order house-made sustainable albacore tuna niçoise, local organic brussels sprouts gratin and grass-fed roasted tri-tip with wild mushrooms.

Above the bountiful salad bar, a poster exhorted diners to “Go Greener!” Signs for “Recycling,” “Compost” and “Landfill” urged employees to dispose of their leftovers responsibly in the appropriate bins. Lunches were served on china plates and chefs filled to-go orders in compostable containers, including compostable utensils and recycled paper napkins.

Epicurean Group – a sustainable foodservice management company headquartered in Los Altos that serves corporations, universities and government and fine-arts facilities throughout the Bay Area – manages Cafe Rio and 39 other restaurants and cafes.

“Our goal is to improve the food system – and people’s lives – by changing one environment at a time,” said Bartlett, the company’s founder and CEO.

After founding the company on environmentally and socially responsible principles, Bartlett and her team have been turning principles into practices for more than a decade.

“We buy products that eliminate greenhouse gases and encourage the growth of organic farms and ranches, sustainable fisheries and artisan producers,” she said.

Going compostable

More than 125,000 pounds of waste annually has been diverted from landfills, largely thanks to a co-op that Bartlett established in 2010 for GreenTown Los Altos. The GreenTown Co-op supplies compostable takeout containers to Bay Area restaurants, cafes and schools from Napa to Monterey, participating in a larger statewide plan to achieve zero waste. Membership is free at greentownlosaltos.org/programs/business-co-op.

Because of the large volume that Epicurean Group purchases through the co-op, the compostable products are now available to co-op members at the same cost as inexpensive noncompostable materials like plastic and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS).

“The GreenTown Co-op is an important part of our mission to lower our community’s water and energy use and to reduce waste,” said Mike Barnes of GreenTown Los Altos. “When we started the co-op, our goal was to eliminate EPS take-out containers, which will be banned in Los Altos starting July 4 this year.”

Epicurean Group’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond compostable containers and extends to the food. Using local, in-season fruit and vegetables avoids the energy required for food transportation and storage. Serving grass-fed beef is not only more healthful, but also carries a lighter carbon footprint, because it doesn’t use fertilizers, pesticides and fossil fuels to produce and ship the grain used for feedlot cattle. Seafood is purchased following the guidelines established by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

Bartlett said she is proud that Epicurean Group was among the first food-service companies to be certified as a Bay Area Green Business.

Educating eaters

Trained as a chef and recognized as a sustainable food-service thought leader, Bartlett recently received The Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast’s Antonin Carême Medal for her environmental education and advocacy work. Former director of nutrition at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, she is passionate about healthful, sustainable food and responsible environmental behavior.

Bartlett serves on the leadership team of the local chapter of the global Slow Food movement.

“I see Mary as a crusader, helping to educate the Bay Area about sustainable food and waste reduction,” said Margie Suozzo of GreenTown Los Altos. “She’s generous to a fault and has contributed so much to GreenTown Los Altos and to our community.”

Bartlett plans to continue to educate clients and the public about the value of local food and the importance of waste reduction, recycling and compostable takeout containers.

“I have a vision of a new, sustainable food system, one that provides food that’s good for our bodies and good for the environment,” she said.

Michael McTighe is chairman of GreenTown Los Altos. For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

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