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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community developme...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


Town Crier file photo
Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


ft, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.

Tia Geri can’t wait to bring her new golden retriev...

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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Thomas Robert Conlon, a devoted teacher, remained active in Los Altos Hills affairs

Thomas Robert Conlon, a 30-year resident of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully of cancer on Sept. 11. He was 71.

The firstborn son of native San Franciscans, "Tom" Conlon grew up an altar boy and on the ballfields of San Francisco's Portola district.

He was a graduate of St. Joseph's School (1953) and received his bachelor's degree from St. Patrick's Seminary (1955) and master's degree from the University of San Francisco (1967).

Mr. Conlon played tennis and rode his bike through the apricot orchards of Los Altos Hills long before the town was incorporated. He also served in the U.S. Army (Germany, 1959).

Known to his classmates as "Dink," Conlon was educated as a priest but called to teach.

For 36 years, Mr. Conlon was a master teacher at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.

There, he opened thousands of minds to Aristotle, Yeats and everything in between. His heart, home, family, library and travels were all as open to his students as his classroom.

The unofficial ambassador of Tripoli, Conn., Mr. Conlon was social and active in town affairs. If he didn't know you, he likely knew your neighbor or kin.

Husband of 42 years to June M. Conlon, Mr. Conlon is also survived by his brother and sister, Patrick J. and Sister Ann M. Conlon; four children, Thomas P. Conlon (Taylor McCandless), Pamela M. Sandhu (Kulwant), Edward D. Conlon (Elisa Stephens) and Hillary A. Conlon (Louis Demers); and seven grandchildren, Hanspreet, Chandpreet, and Raspreet Sandhu, Sage and Emma Conlon, and Elia and Brigitte Demers.

These and hundreds of other family members, friends, students, neighbors, colleagues, seminarians and Lions around the world will surely miss him.

A memorial service, with a reception to follow, will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 3, at Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post St. (at Mason), San Francisco. Interment will be private. Gifts to the Thomas R. Conlon Scholarship Fund are welcome: University of San Francisco Development Office, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco 94117.

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