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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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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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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I share your opinion regarding the Los Altos Hills lame duck council's action on the pathways map (Nov. 11): "The council instead chose to get it over with instead of bowing to the mandate of the voters and doing the right thing for the town."

So I have volunteered my time and support to the Committee for the Preservation of Los Altos Hills efforts to gather enough signatures by Dec. 6 to overturn the council's bad decision. Fortunately, our laws allow for this referendum process as a simple and nonconfrontational way for the will of the voters to be heard.

Unfortunately, some LAH citizens opposed to pathways again have chosen confrontation and attempts at intimidation to try to thwart our mandate.

We have gathered signatures in front of Draeger's market several times this past week. On Friday, Draeger's store manager, Bob Larrieu, told me how he had gotten a few nasty phone calls from people berating him for allowing this simple signature gathering process to occur at Draeger's.

Larrieu checked with owner John Draeger. Both agreed that since all we were doing was providing a convenient way for those who support our referendum to sign it, they would ignore the few irate calls and allow us to continue exercising our democratic rights.

I applaud Draeger's decision and thank them for their courageous action.

And I would respectfully ask those who oppose pathways because they believe that pathways infringe on their rights not to try to infringe on mine.

Bob Lefkowits

Los Altos Hills

Track down perpetrators of recent Hills violence

We appreciated Jon Miller's comments in his letter to the editor (Nov. 20). Please include our voices in his call for more effort in tracking down and arresting those who were involved in rock throwing and threats to people's safety in the name of the pathways issue.

Since we recently annexed to Los Altos Hills, and looked forward to any benefits that attend thereto (in particular the sewer), it is disconcerting to realize that we are now in a community where elected officials are threatened with bodily harm if they do not conform to the wishes of one group's ideas.

We grew up in Los Altos and have lived here for over 50 years. We've always felt happy and proud to be part of its citizenry. In the last year, however, arsonists have set fire to a church, possibly due to religious or ethnic differences, and vandalism and bomb threats have occurred with very little public outcry. This is a shameful thing to happen anywhere, but particularly in a community that has the reputation of being well educated and affluent.

Along with Miller, we believe the Town Crier, and all Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents, should speak out and put pressure on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. There is no excuse for apathy. If terrorism cannot be controlled in our own small community, how can it be controlled in the world?

David and Karen Jessen

Los Altos Hills

Thanks for returning belongings

I would like to thank the person(s) who found my purse at the Rancho Starbucks around noon Nov. 22, and the Starbucks employees working at that time who kept it safe. After I realized my purse was missing, I went back to the store, and I was delighted to have it returned with all credit cards, cash, driver's license and keys intact. I am a firm believer that most people are honest, and I want to thank you for reaffirming that belief. God bless all of you for choosing to do the right thing!

Cathy Harari

Los Altos Hills

Used cell phones help stop violence

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Los Altos community for responding so generously to my request for used cell phones to aid victims of domestic violence. To date, I have collected over 8,000 cell phones since December 2000 when I collaborated with the "Donate-A-Phone" program. Despite the media coverage throughout Silicon Valley, the majority of the phones came from Los Altos residents.

I would also like to thank Los Altos resident Tom Hoffman, who owns R.M. Hoffman Company in Sunnyvale, for providing the shipping. His assistance has been invaluable.

The "Donate-A-Phone" program was introduced by the Motorola Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Originally, the call was made for one million telephones to be given to women and their children who fear for their safety and could not otherwise obtain cell phones for emergency use. Your used cell phone may have saved a life.

It is very simple to start your own collection and requires no financial support due to a fundraising program called PhoneRaising. It is designed to raise funds for your club or organization. PhoneRaising enables you to harness the value of the estimated 30 million used cell phones lying idle in America's drawers and closets. These used cell phones are just waiting to be reprogrammed, refurbished or recycled to help benefit your organization. You collect the phones, they pay for shipping and they send you a check to support organization's revenue objectives. Everybody wins!

To learn more about "Donate-A-Phone" program, please view their website at www.donateaphone.com.

Shelly Potvin

Los Altos

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