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News

Paws-itively  ready for  disaster

Paws-itively ready for disaster


Dozens of local residents participated in the Pet Ready! program, which included first-aid tips for animals from Adobe Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Cristi Blackwolf, above right. Girl Scouts Rachel Torgunrud, above left, in purple of Sunnyv...

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Schools

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge


Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissma...

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Community

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1


Town Crier File Photo
Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sp...

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Sports

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High pitcher Lizzie Beutter went the distance to earn the win against Mountain View.

The number of Los Altos High hits and Mountain View High errors may be in dispute, but there’s no debating which softball ...

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Comment

Enlightened California: No Shoes, Please

I recently read a newspaper article about the newly adopted sex-education curriculum in the state of Mississippi. In the city of Oxford, the following exercise is included: Students pass around a Peppermint Patty chocolate and observe how spoiled it ...

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Business

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
European Cobblery owner Paul Roth is relocating his business from 201 First St., above, to 385 State St. in May.

The European Cobblery, a family-owned and -operated shoe store, is relocating to a new home just a f...

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Books

Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summa...

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People

'Champions for Youth' announced

Challenge Team will honor Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer as “Champion for Youth” at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, scheduled 7 a.m. May 7 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lauren ...

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Travel

When tackling taxi trouble, just sit back and enjoy the ride

To park and fly or to go by taxi? – that was the question.

Either I could pay approximately $10 a day for long-term parking near Mineta San Jose International Airport and take a shuttle bus to the terminal or I could call a cab or airport coach – ap...

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Stepping Out

Last go-round for 'Hound'

Last go-round for 'Hound'


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
The actors in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – from left, Darren Bridgett, Ron Campbell and Michael Gene Sullivan – take on dozens of roles.

TheatreWorks is slated to present “The Hound of the Baskervilles...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away


Van Houtte/Town Crier Yoga of Los Altos hosts a variety of classes, including Strong Flow Vinyasa, above, taught by Doron Hanoch. Yin Yoga instructor Janya Wongsopa guides a student in the practice, below.

It’s nearly 9 a.m. on a Monday mornin...

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Local robotics team performs well in worldwide competition

Photo Noriko Kageki/Special To The Town Crier

Green Ma-cHHHHine team members, from left, Timmy Beckmann, Robbie Kalb, Jack Marquez and Eric Beckmann celebrate their VEX Robotics Excellence Award in Florida this month.

A local robotics team that includes Mountain View High School students earned high marks at an international competition this month.

The Green MacHHHHine independent robotics team traveled to Florida April 14-16 to compete in the VEX World Championships, their first foray into VEX robotics action.

“It was great fun, and we had a great time seeing everyone’s robots,” said team member and Mountain View High student Robbie Kalb in an email to the Town Crier. “There were many countries represented there.”

The competition featured four divisions, each comprising 104 teams. The Green MacHHHHine team, ranked 10th in its division, reached the semifinal round (allied with teams from Indiana and Puerto Rico), scored eighth in the world programming skills challenge and won the divisional Excellence Award.

Kalb said the team is most proud of the Excellence Award, given to the top team in each of the four divisions at the tournament. The award, the highest honor in the VEX Robotics Competition, is won by the team that exemplifies excellence in building a well-rounded robotics program. An Excellence Award-winning team not only shows a high level of engineering skill with a competitive robot on the field, but is also a strong contender in numerous judged awards off the field, he added.

“Our mentor said that a first-year team’s winning an award as prestigious as the Excellence Award is flat-out amazing, and winning it at the World Championship level is unheard of,” Kalb said. “Out of over 3,600 VEX teams worldwide, only four had the distinction of being named Division Excellence Award Winners. We’re really pleased with how our team performed in our first year of VEX.”

Kalb said his team, which began with no funding, has secured sponsorship from private donors and local companies, including Kollmorgen and Intuitive Surgical Inc.

The team belonged to a different robotics league last year, and many of its senior members graduated. Their experiences on the robotics team have served them well, Kalb said. Several alumni are working toward engineering degrees at top universities.

For more information, visit www.greenmachhhhine.com or www.vexrobotics.com.

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