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Mountain View braces for Super Bowl crowds

Mountain View braces for Super Bowl crowds


Graphic Courtesy of City of Mountain View
The purple parking lots above indicate where paid parking for the Super Bowl is allowed in downtown Mountain View. Other lots are open but still carry three-hour time constraints.

Downtown Mountain View wil...

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Schools

Los Altos High student hopes to bring animal therapy to school

Los Altos High student hopes to bring animal therapy to school


Courtesy of Christine Lenz
Los Altos High junior Riley Fujioka, left, works with Animal Assisted Happiness program manager Simone Haroush-van Dam.

Research affirms that the therapeutic effects of animals help reduce stress in humans, and one Los Alt...

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Community

Sports

Panthers outpace Priory

Panthers outpace Priory


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood’s Matt Peery lays up the ball in Friday’s win over Woodside Priory. Peery paced the Panthers with 19 points.

While height helps, the Pinewood School boys are proof that basketball is not ...

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From the City Manager's Desk: Fulfilling our mission

 

For those of us who work for Los Altos, the mission is “to foster and maintain the city of Los Altos as a great place to live and to raise a family.” The city’s employees take this mission seriously and – individually ...

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Special Sections

'Machos': Middle Eastern nachos ideal for Super Bowl

'Machos': Middle Eastern nachos ideal for Super Bowl


Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Blanche Shaheen, above with her brother Issa, shares her Middle Eastern take on nachos – ideal for a Super Bowl party. Shaheen’s “Machos,” right, feature feta, tahini sauce, Persian cucumbe...

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Business

Businesses on Main Street make moves

Businesses on Main Street make moves


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Several stores on Main Street in downtown Los Altos are in the midst of changing hands.

In the coming months, Main Street will welcome several new businesses to fill empty storefronts.

Jennifer Quinn, the city’s econo...

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People

ROSEMARY FRASER

Rosemary Fraser, age 81, a long-time resident of the Los Altos/Palo Alto area, died peacefully Friday, the 22nd of January at her home. It was a sudden death; hypertension was the underlying cause.

Born in 1934 in Florence, Arizona, Rosemary enjoyed...

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Stepping Out

West Bay Opera tackles Tchaikovsky's 'Onegin'

West Bay Opera tackles Tchaikovsky's 'Onegin'


Otak Jump/Special to the Town Crier
Olga Chernisheva and Silas Elash perform in West Bay Opera’s “Eugene Onegin.”

The West Bay Opera production of “Eugene Onegin” is scheduled Feb. 19-28 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305...

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Spiritual Life

How to cultivate childlike faith in a grown-up world

And Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

– Matt. 18:3

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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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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