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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.

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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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Logan caps volleyball career; Quinlan named All-Freshman

Several college athletes with local roots enjoyed stellar seasons last fall. Their accomplishments follow.

• Los Altos High graduate Paige Logan capped her college volleyball career in November. Introduced on Senior Night as the “greatest player in Caltech history,” she promptly showed why – notching a career-high 25 kills and 18 digs in a four-game loss to West Coast Baptist. Logan leaves the program as the career leader in kills and second in blocks.

• Riley Quinlan of Los Altos, a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, was named to the Western Water Polo Association All-Freshman Team. The utility player recorded four goals, three assists and four steals while playing all 18 games for Air Force. Quinlan was captain of the Bellarmine boys team in 2012, which won the Central Coast Section Division I championship.

• Los Altos resident Olivia Quaglia was one of three members of the Dartmouth College field hockey team to earn All-Ivy League honors. The senior received Honorable Mention distinction after anchoring the Dartmouth defense by playing in the middle of the backfield. Quaglia started all 17 games for the fourth consecutive year. The St. Francis High graduate set career highs for goals (six), assists (six) and defensive saves (five).

• Los Altos High graduates and sisters Laura and Lisa Murphy played in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament. Laura, a junior, started at right defense for Mount Holyoke College; Lisa, a sophomore, played off the bench as a midfielder for Christopher Newport University. Laura’s team reached the round of 16, while Lisa’s squad advanced to the semifinals.

• Tori Carroll, a sophomore outside hitter on the Foothill College women’s volleyball team, was named First Team All-American. The Los Altos native and Homestead High graduate helped the Owls finish first in the Coast Conference South Division and reach the second round of the regional playoffs.

• Aided by Mountain View High graduate Jeremy Gomberg, the University of Redlands men’s golf team won the CSU San Marcos Classic, the final fall tuneup before the spring season. The senior shot a three-round total of 215 to finish sixth overall. The Bulldogs won the tournament by 30 strokes.

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