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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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In The Past...

In the Dec. 2, 1970 edition of the Town Crier, a headline read, "Los Altos Kicks the Bucket," referring to Colonel Sander's big round chicken bucket on top of the Kentucky Fried Chicken dispensary. It had been a feature of the local skyline for several years, much to the dismay of many citizens.

The bucket had been ruled non-conforming when the city sign ordinance was changed in 1968. Since the sign pre-existed the ordinance change, Kentucky Fried Chicken was given two years to remove the offending bucket. A new non-bucket shaped sign featuring the Colonel's beaming image took its place.

The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors gave final approval for open heart surgery on a limited basis at the Mountain View hospital.

Dr. Norman Shumway, well-known heart surgeon at the Stanford University Medical School, agreed to direct the pilot program and to perform up to two open heart surgery operations per week at El Camino starting in early 1971.

More than 50,000 tiny white lights twinkled on the bare branches of more than 100 street trees, and evergreen boughs decorated almost every lamp post. They bid welcome to the 1970 Christmas season in downtown Los Altos.

Los Altos High Knights were tied 14-14 in the first half of the 1970 Thanksgiving Day game at Buck Shaw Stadium. Those 14 points were the last Homestead was able to get with Los Altos amassing more than 30 points to win the game 44-14 and capture the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship.

50 years ago in the Los Altos News

The Nov. 29, 1945 edition of the Los Altos News reported Los Altans were asked to signify their acceptance or rejection of city delivery curb service of all mail. If agreed upon, it meant only one home delivery of mail each day as compared to the prevailing box system of two deliveries daily to post office boxes.

The feasibility of city delivery was contingent on the assignment of house numbers to each dwelling and on suitable rural mail boxes erected along one side of each street.

The Mountain View High School Eagles downed a fighting Santa Clara Panther eleven by the score of 12-6 in a night game on Mountain View football field.

The Eagles went on to another victory on Nov. 16 at Gilroy when they defeated the Mustangs 18-2 thus keeping Mountain View in the running for the 1945 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title.

nullResearched by Ellen Shaw of the Los Altos History House Association

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