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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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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

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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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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LAEF reports record fundraising this year

With the school year just halfway completed, Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) officials report that fundraising has already far surpassed the halfway point to their pledge for the year.

The foundation, a non-profit organization of parent volunteers that raises funds to enrich the Los Altos School District, increased its fundraising target for the current school year by 30 percent, to $2.35 million. Fundraising has passed the $2 million mark, with total donations growing 34 percent over last year. The number of families donating to the fund has also increased significantly.

“Providing the highest-quality public school education is a clear priority for the Los Altos community,” said LAEF President Glenn Goldberg. “This year parents have stepped up in record numbers with the highest donations ever to fund K-8 enrichment programs and smaller class sizes. There’s no doubt that parents are committed to keeping Los Altos one of the top-ranked school districts in the state.”

Goldberg said the additional $540,000 helped keep libraries open, prevented increases in elementary class sizes and maintained the electives in the junior high schools.

Participation in the foundation’s Leadership Circle is also higher than ever, with more than 50 district families to date donating $5,000 or more to help the schools.

The Leadership Circle includes several anonymous donors in addition to Jan and Brent Ahrens, Kristine and Erik Bardman, Roopa Ramaswamy and Sreeram Balakrishnan, So Yong Park and Brian Byun, Jennifer and Brian Carlstrom, Kevin Chatow and Kathy Grundhofer, Jessica and John Clarke, Linda and Alan Cyron, Gaurav and Tara Dhillon, Margie Suozzo and Tom Dillon, Kristen and Douglas Edwards, Sara and Brian Elkin, Rebecca and Rod Fallow, Molly and Scott Forstall, Becky and Mark Fuchs, Amy and Michael Galles, Gail Wong and Mark Goines, Sue and Glenn Goldberg, Wendy and Steve Grant, Dawn and Gary Guthart, Madeline and Andrew Gutow, Kristina and Robert Haeckl, Rae Lee and Karl Hansen, Debby and Jeff Haslem, Lia and Sandy Kandel, Paige and Michael Kaplan, Diane and Joe Kennedy, Isabelle and John Krystynak, Jennifer and David Lin, Karen and Alex Luke, Jennifer and Douglas Mack, Cheryl House and Peter Meyn, Anne and Peter Moran, Alan Pedersen, Alice and Les Poltrack, Heather and Michael Quigley, Jackie and David Radcliffe, Sriram Ramachandran and Meena D’Souza, Mariete and Jeffrey Rothschild, Susan Stark and Jerry Scher, Terry and Gary Spanner, Stacy and Peter Sullivan, Stephanie and Andrew Towell, Adrienne and Neil Tuch, Yoshiko Nishimura and David Vadasz, Lara and John Vastano, Tacy Witter and Jeff Mayer, Polly Tam and Hsien Chung Woo and Daphne Sang and Daniel Wu.

With $350,000 remaining to fulfill the amount the foundation pledged to the Los Altos schools for the 2010-2011 school year, Goldberg said that every donation counts.

For more information or to donate, visit www.laefonline.org.

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