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First St. closure set for Saturday

First Street in downtown Los Altos will be closed Saturday (Nov. 22) between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street for street paving. The closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the event of poor weather, the work will be rescheduled for a later ...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Mary Phillips, 75, of Los Altos, Mercury News food editor

Mary Frances Phillips, former Los Altos resident and retired food editor for the San Jose Mercury News, died at her home in Aptos March 5 after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 75.

Mrs. Phillips was born Nov. 14, 1931, and raised in Phoenix, the first daughter of Frances and Granville Fuqua.

Her 40-year journalism career started at the Arizona Republic, a newspaper based in Phoenix, where she wrote feature stories and articles about food and fashion.

She joined the Mercury News in 1955 as a society reporter. She met William Phillips at the paper and married him in 1958.

"I was a copy boy and she was a society girl," Bill said of Mary.

In 1969, she was promoted to food editor and the family moved to Los Altos.

She collected numerous awards for writing and design, and she was a five-time first-place winner of the Vesta Award for producing the best food section in the country.

Mrs. Phillips was food editor for nearly 20 years before retiring in 1988. She and Bill subsequently moved to Aptos.

"She loved the fresh air and the warm, sandy beach," he said.

Mrs. Phillips enjoyed freelance writing and traveled to Italy, Sicily and France.

Her son, Steve Phillips, said she was partial to Italy, frequently visiting Tuscany, Florence and the Cinque Terre.

"Italian food was probably her specialty," Steve said.

Bill remembered one of her favorite creations, "Steve's Lasagna," created for her son, who now cooks it for his own family.

Mrs. Phillips loved to sample varied cuisines in her travels, visited many historic sites and developed lifelong friendships, including the couple's close relationship with chef Jacques Pepin.

Though she admired several world-renowned chefs, her husband said her favorite was local chef Robert Morris, former owner of Blacks Beach Café in Santa Cruz.

Mrs. Phillips and Steve were featured in a 2003 Town Crier article in which Steve received recognition for participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training on behalf of his mother.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bill; son Steve Phillips and his wife, Phyllis, of Los Altos; daughter Susan Norris and her husband, Garrett, of Fresno; three sisters, Granice Kennedy of Sacramento, Dorothy Moreira and Lynda Leon, both of Phoenix; one brother, Walter Ligocki, of Phoenix; and four grandchildren, Stephanie and Spencer Phillips of Los Altos and Nicola Vojvoda and Noelle Norris of Fresno.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Santa Cruz Memorial Oakwood Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are preferred.

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