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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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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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