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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Business Briefs

Zumba fundraiser benefits Drawn from Water charity

Former Miss Ethiopia and Zumba fitness-dance instructor Sehin Belew has scheduled a Zumba dance-instruction fundraiser to benefit Drawn from Water 3-4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Marti’s Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos.

Belew said several tribes in Africa fear evil spirits that bring ill fortune to their villages, using the word “Mingi” to describe persons who are cursed or otherwise imperfect.

“Those deemed Mingi face severe consequences, as (villagers) believe the presence of these children on their land curses the tribe,” she said. “Their solution to this perceived threat is to drown Mingi children in the river.”

Belew said an estimated 1,000 children in Africa are killed in such a manner every year.

The situation touched Sacramento residents Jessie and Levi Bankert, who adopted a baby rescued from Ethiopia and later moved there.

The Bankerts established Drawn from Water, which raises funds to rescue other children. So far, they have rescued 32 children and placed them in an orphanage.

The class is $10. Proceeds benefit Drawn from Water.

For more information, call 714-3311 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library, SBA partner for entrepreneur series

The Los Altos Library, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, has scheduled four workshops designed to aid the novice entrepreneur make the best business decisions.

The workshops begin at 7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

•Â Feb. 7: “Clarifying Your Entrepreneurial Vision.” Learn how to select criteria in evaluating different options for a potential business.

•Â Feb. 23: “Small Business Ownership: What Business Is Right for Me?” Topics include why now is a good time to invest in business, how to finance a business purchase, franchise myth-busting and how to build a personal business model.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

AARP offers free tax assistance

The AARP Tax-Aide program is again providing tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older, available Tuesday through April 15.

Program volunteers are trained and certified each year in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. One-on-one service is provided for preparation and electronic filing of federal and California personal income-tax returns. The service is provided at most local senior centers and is free – AARP membership is not required.

For more information and service sites, call (888) 227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

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