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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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New schools chief Bragg named for Cupertino Union School District

William Bragg is the new superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District, the board of trustees announced last Friday. Bragg, a deputy superintendent for instruction in the Oceanside Unified School District, succeeds Patricia Lamson, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of the 15,000-student, K-8 district.

Bragg will join the Cupertino district this coming Monday, April 7.

"Dr. Bragg is the unanimous choice of our board," said president Sandra James in announcing the appointment. "He loves children, is an instructional leader, has extensive classroom teaching and school site leadership experience, and is committed to an inclusive process that involves staff, parents, and the broader community. He has a proven track record of positive leadership in curriculum development, personnel, staff development, facility planning and budget development.

"Our district will continue in good bands. He is a listener, a teacher, a leader - a perfect fit for what is one of the premier school districts in California," James said.

Since Lamson announced her retirement last fall after 30 years in the Cupertino district, the board has conducted an extensive national search and selection process to determine her successor.

Board members received input from staff, parents and the community on personal characteristics and leadership qualifications.

An educator since 1969, Bragg taught grades 1-5 for 12 years in Southern California. He then served as an elementary school principal and assistant superintendent for personnel in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City.

for four years. In l985, he joined the Oceanside School District as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and personnel before assuming his last position.

In his 10 years as deputy superintendent, Bragg has been responsible for all aspects of the instructional program, and was the architect of Oceanside's school-based coordination program to support efforts that have a positive impact on student learning. He also played a pivotal role in the district's school construction program, and administered the successful implementation of middle schools and class size reduction.

Bragg received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his master's degree from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and his doctorate from United States International University, San Diego.

Bragg is the 12th superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District that serves students in Cupertino and portions of Los Altos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale. He and his wife Pam have two grown children in college, a daughter at Pepperdine and a son at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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