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VTA plans for  El Camino Real prompt skepticism

VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit along El...

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Schools

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record


Barry Tonge/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship braceletsNov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 Mountain View High School students gathered around...

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Community

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One...

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Comment

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans th...

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.


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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase ...

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemi...

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Travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either ̶...

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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince ...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Mild mannered administrator becomes 'Captain Zero' to Loyola students' delight

Loyola School kindergartners learn their numbers in many ways, but they have most fun with the mysterious visits of the legendary Captain Zero, who secretly visits the school every 10th day and leaves his "zero treats" - lifesavers, pretzels, and other goodies - which are, or course, counted (and consumed) by one and all.

This activity is well integrated with the district math program.

"The concept of zero is actually very abstract, so this makes it real and accessible to the children," said Loyola Principal Kit Cosgriff. "Zero the hero has been a tremendously motivating character for our kindergartners."

On the 100th day of school, Captain Zero visits the class in person, much to the excitement and anticipation of the children. This year, Shari Elmer's class was surprised by none other than Dick Liewer, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction of the Los Altos School District (incognito, of course), who gamely donned the duds of the famous Captain Zero, red cape, tights and all.

"Dick was my principal when I taught at Blach Junior High School," Elmer said. "I know how much he likes being in a classroom and how much he likes kids, so I thought I could talk him into it pretty easily. It didn't take too much talking."

Liewer led the children in a dance around the room, played counting games, sang songs and answered questions, and left them with doughnuts as a 100th-day-of-school treat.

"I think its delightful to work with kindergartners - they're still so full of wonder and they're so literal in their impressions of things," said Liewer of the experience. "And it's a lot more fun than sitting in the office computing the CAT5 results for the district," he added.

The kindergartners were delighted by the appearance of their famous visitor.

"He gave us treats - shaped like zeros," said Trevor Campbell.

"He came in real life." added Kristen Maher. "I want him to come again!"

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