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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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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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Tap into autumn with classic cars at fall festival

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce will hold its sixth annual "Celebrate Los Altos" Fall festival on Oct. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the South Parking Plaza between First Street and San Antonio Road in downtown Los Altos.

More than 160 artisans will display their work in media as diverse as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and other decorative holiday items in this yearly fundraiser produced by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce to benefit its many community programs.

This year's festival includes a Sports Tent with television monitors beaming fall football, baseball and soccer games as well as other sporting events via satellite, and a classic car show presenting 80 vintage automobiles pre-dating 1969, as well as an exhibition of pre-1976, for-sale cars.

Children and their parents will also have the opportunity to participate in the festival's annual scarecrow contest and walk down "Children's Alley," which features a variety of child-oriented activities.

Festival entertainment this year features music for many tastes, from the "little big band" sound of String of Pearls, which plays oldies and popular music, to rock 'n' roll by the Jesse Charles Band.

Local restaurants will dish up specialties at food booths, ranging from pizza, to Chinese chicken salad and fajitas and barbecue.

Micro-breweries and area vintners will serve beverages throughout the weekend.

The classic car show, going on both days of the festival, is drawing vehicles from as far away as Napa.

The Los Altos Town Crier has offered a 1947 theme for this year's show, in conjunction with the newspaper's 50th anniversary, and is still searching for two more vintage cars from 1947.

And the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few more pre-1969 cars.

To enter your car or for more information, call Paul Averell at 968-6107 or 948-1455.

Sponsors for the event include the San Jose Mercury News, KBAY, McWhorter's, Bank of Los Altos, PG&E, Armadillo Willy's, Le Boulanger, Black Mountain Water, and Los Altos Garbage Company.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking is available. For more information, call the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce at 948-1455.

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