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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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Renovated therapeutic pool reopens in Palo Alto

A warm-water, wheelchair-accessible therapeutic pool located at 3864 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto has been a critical alternative health-care and exercise resource for thousands of Bay Area residents. Clients old and young attest to the benefits of warm-water exercise and therapy as well as the expertise of the Community Association for Rehabilitation Inc. staff. For seniors, many of them stroke victims, the center offers effective and innovative services.

"The pool renovation at the Betty Wright Swim Center in Palo Alto is wonderful," said Los Altos resident Kimberly McIntyre, whose 2-year-old daughter uses the therapeutic pool operated by the center.

"The pool has had a complete makeover, locker rooms have been painted and a few other upgrades have been made," McIntyre said. "It's a joy to be at a swim center that is clean and new. It's a great place for swim therapy."

John Stidd of Los Altos began using the therapeutic pool after a stroke. He said, "I work with an individual instructor and I like it. Medical centers should direct more people there."

Founded by disability advocate and recognized aquatic innovator Betty Wright, the center first opened to the public in 1967. The pool has remained true to the founder's vision to serve people with disabilities or anyone who can benefit from the therapeutic effects of warm water.

The association celebrated the reopening Jan. 29 and showcased the pool's new state-of-the-art fiberglass shell, a luxury historically restricted to high-end hotels and resorts.

The fiberglass shell will ensure higher water quality and require less maintenance and fewer chemicals than the traditional concrete shell.

The reception area has also been renovated to better accommodate wheelchairs, and the walls are painted in tranquil tan and blue colors to create a calm environment.

By providing innovative aquatic services through the donations and volunteer hours of community members, the Betty Wright Swim Center has remained open to the public, while many similar therapeutic pools throughout California have had to close.

Donations from the Eva and Andy Grove Foundation and local philanthropists finance in-staff training, scholarships and operational expenses to help keep this community resource available.

"It is truly the coming together of community resources, solutions and optimism that enables the Betty Wright Swim Center to continue to flourish," said Renate Olaisen, director of the center since March.

Subsidized aquatic therapy for children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism and other neurological disabilities, as well as physical therapy, aquatics personal training, open swim and inclusive swim lessons for people of all ages and ability levels are also offered.

The swim center is open year-round, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; open swim 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Physical therapy and personal training require reservations.

The Betty Wright Swim Center is located at 525 Charleston Ave., Palo Alto. For more information, call 494-1480 or visit www.c-a-r.org.

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