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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...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


Palmer

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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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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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

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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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

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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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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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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