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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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Comment

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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Vineyard Bank plans to open in downtown Los Altos

Vineyard Bank of Corona will soon join the bevy of banks in Los Altos.

The company, with $2.3 billion in assets, plans to open an office in Los Altos within the next 60 to 90 days, said Executive Vice President Natalie Taaffe.

Currently the bank has 15 branches in Southern California and a Northern California office in San Rafael.

"Initially, our office will be a loan construction office," said Taaffe, responsible for the single-family residential luxury construction-lending unit at Vineyard.

The bank will focus on homeowners and builders and eventually open a full-service branch.

"We'll serve home-owners interested in a remodel, a renovation or a complete teardown and rebuild," Taaffe said.

Vineyard will also serve general contractors, building on a speculative basis.

Taaffe, a resident of Los Altos, is looking for a branch location on San Antonio Road.

"We need onsite parking and that's challenging to find," she said. "We are definitely coming to town at a downtown location."

Prior to joining Vineyard,

Taaffe was executive vice president and construction lending manager at Bridge Bank of San Jose. She opened the firm's construction and real estate lending division in 2001.

In opening a bank in Los Altos, Taaffe is returning to her roots. She is a descendant of one of the region's founding families, the Murphy family of the Murphy/Stevens party, the first wagon train to successfully cross the Sierra Nevada mountain range in 1844.

When the Taaffe and Murphy families joined in marriage in 1862, Martin Murphy gave 2,800 acres of what later became Los Altos Hills to his daughter Elizabeth, the bride, and William Taaffe, the groom.

"I like to think that by focusing on construction lending throughout my career I'm continuing the tradition started by the Murphy family so long ago," said Taaffe, who was born and raised in Los Altos Hills.

Vineyard Bank is located temporarily at 2225 E. Bayshore Road., Suite. 223, Palo Alto.

For more information, call Natalie Taaffe at 391-1987, 521-6988 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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