Fri08292014

News

A flood of candidates seek seats on high school board

Two incumbents and five newcomers are vying for seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees – a significant increase in the number of candidates who have run over the past 10 years.

According to data from the Sa...

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Schools

One more candidate joins MVLA race

When longtime incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again, the deadline to file for the upcoming Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees election was extended by a few days. Mountain View resident Sanjay Dave registere...

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Community

CSA salutes 'Hometown Heroes' at breakfast

CSA salutes 'Hometown Heroes' at breakfast


Mendoza

The Community Services Agency’s 2014 “Hometown Heroes” fundraising breakfast is scheduled 7:15 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

“Hometown Heroes” honors individuals and businesses for...

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Sports

No suit, no sweat

No suit, no sweat


Courtesy of the Gallagher Family
Joe Gallagher – a 12-year-old from Los Altos Hills – swims from near Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. His uncle, Joe Locke, an accomplished open-water swimmer, accompanied him.

For his recent s...

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Comment

Back to school, back to thumbs: Editorial

The kids are back in class at our local schools and a new political campaign season is underway, so we have our thumbs out and ready to go.

Thumbs-up: To last week’s community workshop for rebuilding the Los Altos Community Center. The Aug. 19...

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Business

Sweet Shop celebrates five-year anniversary

Sweet Shop celebrates five-year anniversary


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos Ave. marks its fifth year in business Sept. 7. The shop is a popular after-school stop for families and students.

When Stacy Savides Sullivan opened the Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos...

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Books

"Jack London" chronicles author's adventurous life


Much has been written about American author Jack London, primarily known for his early-20th-century Western adventure novels, including the classics “White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild.”

In Earle Labor’s biography of the literary icon, “Jac...

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People

JEFF JOHNSON

JEFF JOHNSON

Jan 10, 1967 - Aug 10, 2014

Jeff was born and raised in Los Altos. He was a graduate of Los Altos High School. He then went to Foothill College where he had an opportunity to spend 3-months in Europe through a study abroad program. That experience...

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Travel

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer


Photos courtesy of TOURISM VANCOUVER
Outdoor adventures abound in and around Vancouver, including a boat excursion into Horseshoe Bay and a jaunt on the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, among the most popular attractions in British Col...

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Stepping Out

'Water' rises in Mtn. View

'Water' rises in Mtn. View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Elliot (Miles Gaston Villanueva) struggles to understand Odessa’s (Zilah Mendoza) online activity in TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the award-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful.”

TheatreWorks’ regiona...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host o...

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History House needs 1930s vintage items

City seeks volunteers to monitor parking spots

Residents are needed for a study of parking stall usage in the downtown Los Altos retail core. Volunteers will follow specified procedures and data will be routinely gathered regarding parking stall occupancy.

This is done by two volunteers, with one driving a vehicle while the other observes and records the findings.

People interested in contributing to future downtown parking management plans can call VEGA (Volunteers Enriching Government Action) coordinator Phyllis Semple at 948-1491, ext. 229.

Parents Without Partners

welcomes new members

The Shoreline Chapter of Parents Without Partners announces that it now serves the Mountain View/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area. At 5 p.m. every Saturday the group offers introduction to the organization for any single parent.

A monthly dance is held every third Friday in Los Gatos at the Elks Lodge. For more information, call (408) 275-9057.

Town Choir

performance set

The Town Choir's next performance will be Oct. 25 as part of the Los Altos Town Crier's 50th anniversary celebration. The group will perform numbers from Your Hit Parade of 1947, the popular radio show. The event will be a fund raiser for the History House Education Center.

The Town Choir welcomes new voices. Anyone interested in performing should call Linda Teets at 941-3596.

New exhibit

at History House

A new exhibit has been installed at the Los Altos History House Museum featuring "The Story of Mayfield - the Lost Town." The exhibit, which runs through October, is a combination of oil paintings, sculpture and miscellaneous tidbits about the town of Mayfield. The paintings and sculptures by Annie Fitz are part of the History House permanent collection and this will be the first time these particular pieces have been exhibited.

The History House, located at 51 S. San Antonio Road, is open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 948-9427.

Olde Towne Band

summer concerts

Ye Olde Towne Band has scheduled its last Sunday outdoor concert of the year for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Shoup Park, on University Avenue in Los Altos. The concerts feature music ranging from marches to popular musicals. Admission is free.

The band is sponsored by the Sertoma, Quota, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs of Los Altos.

Alliance meets

to monitor Moffett

Alliance for a New Moffett Field meets twice monthly on Wednesday evenings. The Alliance is committed to promoting a democratic process to determine future uses of the airfield that preserve and enhance quality of life.

The group meets regularly at 222 D. View St. in Mountain View, behind the Main Post Office. For more information call the Alliance at 968-9076 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Moffett Federal Airfield Community Advisory Committee, charged with exploring and evaluating possible uses for Moffett Field, also meets regularly. It meets on Mondays at the Sunnyvale School District office, Iowa at Pastoria avenues, Sunnyvale. Interested parties can call the Mountain View city clerk's office, 903-6304, for the meeting locations.

Women's business

association meets

The American Business Women's Association meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Mac's Tea Room, 325 Main St., Los Altos. The group is dedicated to the professional development of women. To join or for more information, call 324-2808 or 964-8000 ext. 3013.

Moffett Field

info hotline

The City of Mountain View has established a 24-hour telephone hotline for information about Moffett Field. The hotline has been created to provide residents with information and periodic updates about Moffett. Residents will be able to hear information as well as leave messages expressing their opinions and concerns. The telephone number for the hotline is 903-6616.

Volunteers needed

for business census

Volunteers are needed to help in the annual business census to track business that have moved in or out of the city of Los Altos. This would involve visiting business in all seven commercial districts. Orientation and field training will be provided by the economic development coordinator. Volunteers will need to be able to walk a few blocks, and in some cases, climb a flight of stairs.

For more information, call Phyllis Semple at 948-1491 ext. 229.

CSA needs help

in the kitchen

Community Services Agency needs volunteers to help in its community kitchen. The kitchen serves hot meals to low-income and homeless adults and families four evenings a week.

Volunteers help with set-up, meal preparation, serving and clean-up. Hours are flexible and can be adjusted to fit volunteer schedules. To volunteer or ask for more information, call Penny Morehead at 964-4630.

Docents needed

at History House

The Los Altos History House needs docents to teach visitors about the 1930s era and the history of Los Altos. Docents would work one day out of every two months on either Wednesday or Saturday afternoons.

Museum officials are particularly interested in recruiting docents who enjoy working with children and would like to help with third-grade tours. Those interested in teaching and helping preserve local history can call Museum Coordinator Amie Heath at 948-9427 or 948-1491, ext. 126. Volunteer opportunities are also available working with the collections or in the garden.

Hidden Villa

seeking interns

Hidden Villa, a 1,600-acre educational farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos Hills, is hiring interns for its environmental education program which runs from September through May. Interns lead field trips fro children, partake in daily animal caretaking activities and participate in various educational enrichments in the Bay Area. Interns receive a $500 monthly stipend, medical benefits, shared housing and organic foods on the farm.

The environmental education program serves approximately 18,000 school children annually, bringing together children from racially, ethnically and economically diverse backgrounds, according to Hidden Villa officials.

For more information, call 949-8643, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kiwanis meets

every Tuesday

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, which benefits primarily needy, or underprivileged children, meets at noon every Tuesday at Mac's American Grill, 325 Main St., in Los Altos.

For more information or to join, call 964-7051.

Symphony auxiliary

invites new members

The Peninsula Symphony Auxiliary has been serving the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years. The Auxiliary is made up of guilds from Los Altos to Burlingame. The guilds meet once a month for a music-related program. Anyone interested in becoming a guild member can call 941-1857.

CSA needs help

for needy seniors

The Community Services Agency of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View needs volunteers in a Senior Outreach Service program. Volunteers provide assistance with activities of daily living to seniors in their homes.

Opportunities include brown bag drivers (must be available Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon), escorted transportation drivers, in-home volunteers (grocery shopping and light house cleaning), and socialization support (assistance in reading). For more information, call Penny Morehead at 964-4630.

Weekly bag of food

for low-income seniors

Low income Los Altos and Los Altos Hills resident seniors may be eligible to receive a weekly bag of groceries for $10 a year.

If you are 60 years of age or older, or if you are disabled and 55 years of age or older, you can qualify by calling Second Harvest Food Bank at (408) 266-8950 or contact Community Services Agency at 968-0836.

Widows and

Widowers Association

The Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association meets 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460, S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. The MPWWA helps people begin a new life following the death of a spouse. All widows and widowers of the area are invited to attend.

For more information, call 964-2612.

Los Altos Rotaract Club

seeking new members

The Los Altos Rotaract Club, a community service group sponsored by the Los Altos Rotary Club and Rotary International, is seeking career-minded individuals between the ages of 18-35 as new members.

Through club programs, business meetings and service projects, members can develop personal and professional marketing skills.

Rotaract meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of Great Western Bank, 199 Main St., in Los Altos.

For more information, call 949-0815.

Los Altos

'Daughters' meet

The Los Altos Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meets for lunch at the Forum in Cupertino the third Friday of every month. The society was founded in 1890 with three objectives: historic preservation, promotion of education and patriotic endeavor.

For more information, call membership chairwoman Dorothy Demange at 948-8641.

American Legion

meeting at Elks

American Legion Fremont Post 52 meets every Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge on El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

The organization focuses on supporting disabled veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto.

For more information or membership, call 961-2232.

Foothill Stamp Club

open to collectors

All persons interested in stamp collecting as a hobby may join the Foothill Stamp Club, which regularly meets 7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month on the second floor of Great Western Bank, 199 Main St. in Los Altos.

Longtime collectors and newcomers alike are invited to join the club. For more information, call 964-8923.

Local food kitchen

needs volunteers

The Community Services Agency needs volunteers to help in the food and clothes closets and in its community kitchen. The agency needs people to help from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.

The kitchen serves 80 hot meals four evenings a week. Shifts are from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 964-4630.

History House

offers displays

The Los Altos History House Museum is offering an opportunity to exhibit personal collections. If you are a collector of historic objects or fine art, the History House invites you to share your collection through as exhibit at the museum. The exhibit committee at History House will provide necessary research, signage and layout of your collection in locking exhibit cases.

For more information, call Amie Heath, museum coordinator, at 948-1491, ext. 126, or write to History House, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022.

Camera operators

sought by VEGA

The City of Los Altos volunteer program, VEGA, Volunteers Enriching Government Action, needs people to operate the remotely controlled TV cameras for city council and planning commission meetings. Training with easy to follow directions will be provided for qualified candidates.

Meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights. After initial training, a six-month commitment is required. For more information, call volunteer coordinator Phyllis Semple at 948-1491, ext. 229.

Senior exemptions

from utility tax

If you are a senior citizen living in the City of Los Altos, you may be eligible for exemption from the utility user taxes found on your gas, electric, telephone, cable television, and water bills.

Basic requirements for exemption require you to be age 65 or over, reside in a household where the gross annual income of all residents does not exceed $25,200 annually and not be otherwise reimbursed for the utility charges upon which the tax is based.

To apply or for more information, call the City of Los Altos Finance Department at 948-1491.

Friendly Visiting Service

seeking volunteers

Friendly Visiting Service is seeking new volunteers to make weekly one-hour visits to lonely older Los Altos residents who live alone or in care homes and who have few or no family or friends in the area.

The volunteers are needed in four Friendly Visiting Service programs. An interview and four hours of training are required.

For more information, call 329-0888.

Docent training

from MROSD

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is now registering volunteers for its docent program, which provides guided hikes, walks and tours to the public throughout the year.

The program attracts adults of all ages who are interested in the preservation of open space and who would enjoy learning about the natural and human history of the midpeninsula, and sharing their knowledge with others.

For more information or a registration form, call Patty Quillin, docent coordinator, at 691-1200.

Food Closet

needs volunteers

The Food Closet needs volunteers to help sort and carry donations, organize merchandise and hand out food bags. Volunteers may work from 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Food Closet serves low-income families and individuals in Mountain View and Los Altos. If you are interested in volunteering, call Shirley Lowler at 964-4630.

Volunteers needed

for trail projects

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has opportunities for volunteers to help with trail and revegetation projects on its open space preserves.

Volunteer space is limited, so volunteers should call and register at least one week in advance. Training, tools and supervision are provided.

To be placed on the mailing list for volunteer projects, call 691-1200.

Host an

exchange student

Local families interested in hearing a new language, tasting another culture and seeing with their own eyes how easy it is to make new friends who will last a lifetime are invited to learn more about hosting a Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange student.

All kinds of families are selected to host YFU students: married couples with or without children, single parents, as well as families with teenagers. Host families provide room, board, guidance and the experience of what everyday life is like in America.

For more information, call Eric Seid at 948-3300.

Sertoma Club seeks

new members

History House of Los Altos is looking for selected items to be donated to the Museum House collection, particularly items in keeping with the 1930s theme of the house furnishings and the working apricot orchard on the grounds.

If you would like to donate a roof weather vane, or have any vintage 1930s men's spring and summer clothing for the master closet, those items are on the "Curator's Wish List" as well. For more information, call 948-1491, ext. 126.

The Los Altos Sertoma Club meets every Friday at 7:15 a.m. for breakfast at the Lyons Restaurant on El Camino Real in Los Altos. The meeting consists of fellowship and speakers from all walks of life. Sertoma's primary objectives are to serve the community with emphasis on speech and hearing.

For more information, call 948-2095.

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