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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 devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


Town Crier File Photo
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


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, 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.
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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 int...

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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 in L...

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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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JOHN JEROME BECK, M.D.

 Image from article JOHN JEROME BECK, M.D.
Age 90, died peacefully in Santa Clara, CA on February 15th, 2008, following a brief battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Jane D. Beck in 1996 and brother Thomas Beck.He was born on February 14th, 1918, in Wautoma, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939 and Harvard Medical School in 1942 before residing as a Navy Physician in WW II on the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton. After completing his residency at Yale Medical School he moved to Los Altos in 1951, where he had a private practice specializing in surgery for over 30 years.John was very involved in the community, being a Councilman for the city of Los Altos and President of the Los Altos Rotary in 1957. He was also seen on the sidelines of local football games for many years as the team doctor for Foothill Junior College and the East-West Shrine games. John was an avid fisherman, bird hunter and enjoyed gardening, golf and tennis. He was a loving father and grandfather. He also enjoyed vacationing and joking with his children. He had a great sense of humor and will be truly missed.John is survived by his five children John Beck Jr. of Manhattan, Montana, Ronald Beck of San Jose, Suzanne Haydu of Shingle Springs, Paul Beck of Los Altos and Linda Flynn of Los Altos, six grandchildren Lauren and Madelyn Beck of Manhattan Montana, Brandon Haydu of San Louis Obispo, Laurissa Haydu of Santa Cruz, Shannon and Ryan Flynn of Los Altos and in-laws Tracy Beck, Eugene Haydu and Stephen Flynn.Services will be held on Sunday, March 9th, at 2pm at Spangler Mortuary, 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The family requests that in lieu of flowers,donations be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, or 1-800-ACS-2345 in honor of Dr. John Beck.

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