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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Letters to the Editor

Construction at odds with ‘quaint’ town

"Welcome to Los Altos. The tree-lined streets, lush with green hues in summer and verdant colors in fall, evoke the quaint, village atmosphere of small-town America. Originally an agricultural town with many summer cottages, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community with several distinctive features. An upscale community just 40 miles south of San Francisco." (Source: www.losaltos.com.)

"Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown district as well as the area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill and El Camino Real. Excellent schools and proximity to coastal foothills make it one of the area’s premier cities." (Source: Wikipedia.)

This sounds like the perfect place to raise a family. How distant this notion will be with the construction of a three-story, industrial medical center just steps away from many of the "quaint single-family homes" and neighborhood elementary school. Parents will never again feel the ease and comfort of allowing their children to walk a block to school, skate out on their sidewalks, throw a baseball in their front yards, go on a leisurely evening walk with the dog or skip to a friend's house.

Commercial businesses, their owners and employees do not monitor business activity to ensure a quaint atmosphere. As an alternative to the proposed plan, single-family homes on the Pilgrim Haven property would preserve the look and feel of Los Altos as it was meant to be.

Susan E. Keck-Truman

Alan Truman

Los Altos

Pilgrim Haven a ‘valued asset'

We have lived on Yerba Buena Avenue (off Los Altos Avenue) for almost 43 years. Our sons used to walk or ride their bicycles up to the orchards and open space that once bordered Pilgrim Haven. With the passage of time, housing took over the orchards and open space.

Of course, with housing and the passage of time, and as the population of Los Altos has grown, the need for facilities to house and care for our senior citizens (including those with Alzheimer's disease) has also grown. Pilgrim Haven is seeking to address this need.

Pilgrim Haven is doing its very best to accommodate the needs of the surrounding community. It is recognized that during the construction period every effort must be made not to impact the neighborhood. Also, the final structures must conform to the looks of the surrounding neighborhoods. This Pilgrim Haven has done through the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

We believe Pilgrim Haven is a valued asset for Los Altos and that it should be allowed to grow to better serve the community.

Gerard and Mardell Blaufarb

Los Altos

Junior Olympics show ‘Personal Best'

The Los Altos School District hosted its 49th annual Junior Olympics April 25 at Mountain View High School. As co-chairwomen of the event, we are compelled to write to express our sincere gratitude to this wonderful community for pulling together and making it a huge success.

From the beginning stages of planning with our amazing district committee to planning with the staff at Mountain View High School and coordinating with literally hundreds of parent and middle and high school volunteers – and the professionals at LASD who went beyond the call of duty to support the event – we tip our hats to you. And especially to our student athletes, who demonstrated sportsmanship and the finest Olympic spirit, we congratulate you.

This "only in Los Altos" event is truly unique. At times it seems impossible and frustrating, but it is so worth every ounce of stress, sweat and perseverance. We are proud to be part of a community that cares so much for our kids that we continue to do it every year. "Personal Best" is our athletes' motto, the theme of our committee and, we believe, a reflection of Los Altos as a whole.

Beth Levy and Pat Kapp

Co-chairwomen

Junior Olympics 2009

Peace Study courses needed?

It is imperative to have Peace Study courses in our schools and to replace violent sports like football, boxing and wrestling with lifetime sports such as swimming, golf, baseball or social dancing. James Michener's book "Sports in America" is a great reference.

In today's world, Peace Studies should be the No. 1 requirement. All the Ph.D.s in the world will not matter if we do not survive as a species. Someone said you could have a dozen doctorates and still flunk life.

One must do more than pray for peace – one must work for peace. Including Peace Studies and Education for Peace is vital for the survival of humanity.

Virginia Bates

Los Altos

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