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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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Seniors take Tri-Cities, lose to Cupertino

Little League baseball

Two days after getting the loss against Sunnyvale National, Los Altos senior all-star pitcher Nick Breakwell broke through for a win over Tri-Cities.

In the loser's-bracket game in Sunnyvale, Breakwell went the distance to notch the 11-4 victory. However, last Thursday Cupertino National knocked Los Altos out of the District 44 tournament by a 9-4 count.

Against Tri-Cities, each team scored three runs in the first, but then Los Altos took over.

With Chad Ziemendorf and Peter Serventi on first and second to open up the second inning, Chris Dreyer moved them up a base with a well-placed sacrifice bunt. Geordie Gordon then drove the runners home with a single just inside the first-base bag, and Dan Pfefferbaum singled Gordon home to give Los Altos a 6-3 lead.

After scoring a run in the fourth on Scott Stockwell's RBI single, Los Altos added four insurance runs in the seventh. Highlighting that inning were run-scoring hits from Dreyer, Pfefferbaum and Andy Meyers. On the night, Pfefferbaum finished with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Meyers and Ziemendorf with two hits each.

Tri-Cities managed to tack on a run in the fifth, but then Breakwell retired nine of the last 10 batters to end the game.

Defensively, Los Altos came up big on two occasions. In the second inning, Breakwell snagged a line drive and doubled a Tri-Cities runner off first; and minutes later, catcher Ziemendorf gunned down a runner trying to steal third. And with the bases loaded in the third, Breakwell issued a strikeout and second baseman Dreyer grabbed a liner to end the inning.

JUNIORS: As of Monday, Los Altos' juniors squad was 3-1 in the tournament with wins over Sunnyvale Southern (6-5), Tri-Cities (14-4) and Santa Clara Homestead (9-3).

MAJORS: Campbell knocked the Los Altos majors out of the tourney with a 7-2 victory on July 8.

9-10-YEAR-OLDS: Los Altos Hills exited from the tournament with a 13-4 loss to Sunnyvale Metro on Saturday.

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