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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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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

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

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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Foothill wins two games, first by forfeit

Schivo

It’s doubtful the Foothill College women’s basketball team will get an easier win than Friday’s. The Owls won by forfeit due to suspensions that left Chabot with only three eligible players.

“I’ve never had that happen before,” Foothill coach Jody Craig said. “But it couldn’t have come at a better time. The players are mentally and physically drained and need time to regroup before the playoff run.”

Craig has great expectations for the Owls, who rank No. 2 in Northern California. Friday’s forfeit victory, coupled with a 66-55 out-of-division win over Ohlone two days earlier, boosted their record to 22-4 overall.

Host Foothill limited Ohlone to just 20 points in the first half and played the caliber of defense Craig has expected.

“I think we made some real strides defensively,” the coach said. “We held a team to 55 or less in a game – which is one of our goals – and it was a good offensive team.”

The Owls led by 13 at intermission, making a trio of 3-pointers to end it. Addie Schivo nailed the first trey, followed by fellow guards Raeshel Contreras and Stephanie Agostini.

“Closing out the half like that was huge,” Craig said. “It was a pretty good punch in the face.”

Foothill extended its lead to 47-24 five minutes into the second half, but Ohlone (17-6) wouldn’t go away. The visitors cut the deficit to eight with three minutes left and traded baskets with the Owls until the 45-second mark, when Devin Brown broke the press for a layup that put Foothill up 10.

“That took the wind out of their sails,” Craig said.

Schivo finished with a game- and season-high 29 points to lead the Owls and Agostini added 12. Contreras had 10 points and three assists in her first game back from a knee injury.

“She’s about 75 percent but still makes a difference,” Craig said of her point guard, who logged 15 minutes. “She did well.”

Foothill, tied for first in the Coast Conference North Division, is scheduled to visit Las Positas 5 p.m. today.

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