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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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RUTH McKIM MOOR: March 31, l915 - June 4, 2010

Ruth McKim Moor, a resident of Palo Alto, California, died on June 4, 2010.

Born March 31, l915 in New Haven, Connecticut, she and her sister Clare grew up in Cincinnati. Their father, Judson McKim, was an author, a radio broadcaster, a director on non-profit boards and the regional head of the YMCA. The YWCA addressed issues of world peace and, during the depression, the development of job opportunities for unemployed college graduates. This social consciousness became one of her lifelong passions. After receiving her B.A. degree from DePauw University in Indiana and her M.S. degree in library science from Columbia University in New York, she began her life long commitment to community service. She did this work in partnership with the love of her life, Arthur D. Moor (1913- 2002), whom she met while at Columbia and married in 1941.

Art was a planning executive for United Airlines and was stationed at most of United's hubs. After New York they moved to Chicago, to Denver and, in l952 to Los Altos. Even with two young children Ruth found time for volunteer interests. She chaired the committee that created the Friends of the Library and drove the passage of multiple bond issues to expand the Los Altos library system. She was instrumental in the growth of the local Girl Scouts, the construction of El Camino Hospital and the expansion of the League of Women Voters. When Art was transferred back to Chicago she dove right into projects in her new town, Barrington, Illinois (1963-1986). She was named "Citizen of the Year" in l975 and l978 for her roles in establishing a 911 system, blood banks, paramedic services, and an umbrella coordinating council for six separate village boards, four counties, and multiple school and fire districts. This latter project took enormous political skill as well as more than five years of full time volunteer work. The unflagging efforts of her many recruited volunteers enabled them to make fundamental changes. She and Art hosted dinners at their home to advance their political and social efforts. She felt a good party could reconcile severe differences. Her efforts resulted in lasting legacies for all of the communities in which she lived and served.

When Art retired in l973, Ruth had lived in seven different states, some more than once. Whatever her location her foundation was always her family. When Art was promoted and they relocated to Chicago from Los Altos, despite their love for California she did not question the move. It was a new adventure. They remained in Barrington until l986, when five days without power and temperatures of 10 below zero convinced them that they should move closer to their children and grandchildren, who just happened to live in considerably warmer Palo Alto. In Palo Alto she and Art became regulars at all their grandson's sporting events. They became experts in scoring and cheering at baseball, football, soccer, basketball, roller hockey and ice hockey games. If it was raining during a game, they happily huddled under umbrellas! Ruth's unflagging sense of humor made those cold, windy and wet games fun. During this time, she nourished her love of literature and poetry by taking classes at Foothill College. The family continues to be entertained by the poems she wrote while trying to keep up with her college homework at age 75!

She is survived by her son, David Moor, of Menlo Park, her daughter, Barbara Moor Sanner and son-in-law, Robert Sanner, of Palo Alto, and her three grandchildren: Daniel Sanner, who with his wife, Kimberly Sanner, will soon move to Hong Kong, Richard Sanner of San Francisco, and Timothy Sanner, of Austin, Texas. There will be no local services.

Graveside services will be held in Greensburg, Indiana. In l931, Art received a college scholarship that enabled him to leave his faltering family farm and attend college. Throughout his life he was deeply grateful for that life-changing opportunity. In 2002 Ruth, Art and the Greensburg community established a college scholarship program for students from Greensburg High School. Each year scholarship awards are given to a group of graduating high school seniors. These scholarships, along with other awards, help students who otherwise might not be able to attend college. For those wishing to make gifts in Ruth's memory, please contact The Moor Family Scholarship Fund, South Decatur Dollars for Scholars, MainSource Bank, 201 North Broadway, P.O. Box 87, Greensburg, Indiana, 47270. Services entrusted to Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home. www.rollerhapgoodtinney.com

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