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West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2

West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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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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