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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.

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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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Martin Sexton strums into Cubberley Center

Acclaimed New England-based musician Martin Sexton will be performing at nearly every major festival throughout the United States and Canada this summer. And local music fans can get in on the action when he plays the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The singer-guitarist recently released his debut record "Black Sheep," which is a mixture of soul, blues, jazz and ragtime. And he was praised in the June 22 issue of "Billboard Magazine" and sang "America the Beautiful" at the finals of the Olympic Gymnastic Team Trials in Boston on June 30.

A two-time Boston Music Award winner and the 1994 National Academy of Songwriters "Artist of the Year," Sexton recently sold out the 900-seat Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts and other venues around the U.S.

On Sunday, he'll share the stage with Stephanie Mechura and Rebecca Riots. For more information, call Earthwise Productions at 949-4507.

MORE WISE CRACKS: Get ready to rock with San Jose's Odd Numbers, who will be headlining Earthwise Productions' free Palo Palooza gig at noon Friday at the Cubberley Community Center Amphitheatre.

The Numbers, a rollicking trio reminiscent of the Jam and Who, will be joined by fellow San Jose punkers Four Banger, Cain, The Aquamen and others.

Upcoming "Warm Weather Series" shows at Cubberley include Palo Alto's own mindbenders Oxbow on July 19 (with Idiot Flesh and the Indestructible Beat of Palo Alto), the jazz beat of Medeski Martin and Wood on July 29, Neurosis and Pitchshifter on Aug. 9 and folksters The Basics on Aug. 10.

ONE MAN BAND: He's been compared to Stephen Stills, and has played with Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo and Otis Day and the Nights.

We're talking about local "one man party band" Tom Ryder, who will perform tunes from the 1950s-'90s at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Los Altos Bar and Grill, 169 Main St.

To create the full-band effect, Ryder sings and plays keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars using digitally sampled instruments with a sequencer and vocal harmonizer. The more than 400 songs he covers fit into the classic and alternative rock, reggae, Motown, disco, country and adult contemporary categories.

For more information, call 424-8088.

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