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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Brushback caps stellar season, moves on to the next one


Courtesy of Kris Mims
Brushback Baseball Club’s 12-and-under team recently capped a 56-24 season. Front row, from left: Cole Baker, Nate Geiger, Zach Espiritu, Phillip Carey and Jared Norris. Back: Assistant coach Jojo Perez, Ethan Jean, Justin Nam, Derrick Turner, Johnson Ku, Stephen Johnson, Ryan Swearingen and head coach Kris Mims.

Playing a game known for numbers, Brushback Baseball’s 12-and-under team posted plenty of impressive stats.

The local travel team recently capped a 56-24 season that included six tournament titles, three second-place finishes and the sixth spot at a prestigious tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. Brushback ranked second in points among USSSA Majors teams from Northern California.

“The kids worked hard and it showed,” head coach Kris Mims said.

Brushback notched 10 shutouts and was blanked only twice all season. The team won 23 games on the 10-run mercy rule and averaged 7.44 runs per game.

Brushback got off to a so-so start, returning from an October trip to Las Vegas with a 12-12 record. Several rainouts followed, according to Mims, and the team didn’t play again until early January.

The team “took off” from there, the coach said, winning 44 of its final 56 games. Brushback went 5-1 in its bracket at Cooperstown – losing to the eventual champ – before splitting its last two games in the single-elimination playoffs. The squad belted 13 home runs in the tourney, five of them from Derrick Turner.

Turner topped the team in homers (nine) and RBIs (74) this season. Johnson Ku led Brushback in hits (86), runs (82), doubles (11) and stolen bases (56). Justin Nam pitched a team-high 61 innings, racking up the most wins (eight) and strikeouts (74) and the lowest ERA (2.93). Nate Geiger finished with the best fielding percentage (.983).

“Overall it was a great 12U season for Brushback Baseball,” Mims said. “Let’s hope that in 2013-2014 we will continue to build on that success.”

The team began its 13U season last week.

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