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Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area&rsquo...

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Schools

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green...

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Community

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remem...

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Sports

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boy...

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Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Fur...

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Special Sections

How to personalize the wedding bar

How to personalize the wedding bar


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget...

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Business

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the gree...

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People

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

1930-2016

Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, M...

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Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy  ends run this weekend

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch...

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Spiritual Life

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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