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First St. closure set for Saturday

First Street in downtown Los Altos will be closed Saturday (Nov. 22) between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street for street paving. The closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the event of poor weather, the work will be rescheduled for a later ...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Police arrest Foothill College student on murder charges

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Police Friday caught up with the fugitive wanted for shooting a Mountain View police officer last week and suspected of killing a Burlingame bank manager during a string of violent Peninsula robberies.

Seti Scanlan, 24, who eluded police during a high-speed chase that ended in East Palo Alto Nov. 1, remained on the run for a week. Oregon police arrested him in Beaverton on a warrant for two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder after Scanlan surrendered, said Mountain View police spokesman Jim Bennett.

Scanlan worked at Trader Joe's in Mountain View while attending Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, acquaintances and school officials confirmed.

Police linked him to the fatal Wells Fargo bank robbery in Burlin-game and possibly a falafel restaurant robbery in Palo Alto earlier this year.

Burlingame Police Chief George Missel told reporters that Scanlan is "one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, person that we've had to deal with on the Peninsula in my 32 years in law enforcement."

Scanlan and his partners Manny Liu and Amu Wynn allegedly robbed a Carl's Jr. Restaurant and Bay Food Mart on Middlefield Road at 9:50 p.m. last week before fleeing police in a high speed chase during which time they fired several shots at pursuing officers, hitting one in the face.

The chase ended in East Palo Alto, where police arrested Liu and Wynn on two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder. Scanlan escaped on foot.

Police said Scanlan lived with his girlfriend in an apartment on California Street.

He enrolled in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District last July, school officials said. He is currently enrolled in a fall quarter social studies class on the Middlefield campus in Mountain View, school officials confirmed. Company officials from Trader Joe's would neither confirm nor deny the claim that Scanlan worked there.

Just days before the shooting, Scanlan told a schoolmate that he wasn't going to be on campus much longer - he planned to quit school.

Mountain View Officer Cary Shueh, who has served in the department for three years, was recovering at home from a gunshot wound to his face last week.

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