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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


Town Crier File Photo
Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Letters to the Editor

MVHS parents say thanks

The Mountain View High School Music Parents Association thanks the community for making their recent Casino Night a huge success. A special thank-you goes to all of the local merchants who generously donated items for our silent auction and raffle. Proceeds from this annual fund-raiser support the award-winning instrumental music groups at MVHS.

Francis M. Beauharnois

Mountain View

Worried drive-thru won't come through

It was very disappointing to learn that the Los Altos City Council is now hesitating in allowing Sanwa Bank to use the existing drive-through facilities at their new location in downtown Los Altos

For people with physical disabilities and for many senior citizens, drive-through banking is more than a convenience, particularly with the lack of convenient, handicapped-designated and general parking spaces available in the downtown area.

It would seem that a bank willing to offer this service would be a most welcome addition to our city.

Ron Essary

Los Altos Hills

EDITOR'S NOTE: To our knowledge, council members have not yet taken a position on the Sanwa Bank drive-through.

Los Altos way of life threatened

The joint cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale have appointed a Community Advisory Committee on Moffett Field and are now in the process of holding public meetings to obtain public input on the NASA-Ames threat to bring air cargo operations to Moffett.

While the citizens of Mountain View have twice overwhelmingly voted against the use of Moffett for air cargo, Sunnyvale's city council denied its residents the opportunity to vote on the issue.

The advisory committee has been stacked with a disproportionate number of members who are pro air cargo and/or general aviation. Los Altos residents should be alarmed at the prospect of cargo jets flying overhead at low altitudes at all hours of the night to land at Moffett.

An environmental impact report issued by NASA a number of months back was discredited as biased and misrepresenting the effects of the jets on the quality of life in our area. NASA proposes 9,000 flights in the first year (take-off and landing), to be increased to more than 60,000 in five-to-seven years.

The peace and quiet we are enjoying with the departure of the Navy patrols will be broken with the same noises that are driving San Jose residents 10 plus miles away from the San Jose airport to complain about noise, quality of life and reduced property values.

Where our city council stands on this issue I don't know. But they have not made any announcements that I am aware of. Rep. Anna Eshoo has indicated she will vote for or against air cargo depending on citizen input.

Current and future generations of residents of this area need your support to stop NASA and the air cargo companies from ruining our way of life on the pretext of budgetary shortages and faster delivery of packages.

William F. Moniz

Los Altos

Band boosters thank merchants

The Los Altos High School Band Boosters would like to thank Lucky Food Center, De Martini Orchard, Le Boulanger, The Milk Pail Dairy and Smart & Final for donating and giving the band a discount on supplies, soft drinks, fresh produce and food.

Our annual spaghetti dinner fund raiser is a major source of income for the instrumental music program at Los Altos High School, and it is rewarding to have local merchants contribute merchandise so more of the profit can directly benefit the music programs at Los Altos.

We served more than 500 dinners on Feb. 8, and the entertainment for the evening was provided by bands and ensembles from Graham, Egan and Los Altos High School.

Karen de Vos

Los Altos

Town Crier should apologize for editorial

The following comments were presented by me to the Los Altos Council members at the March 25 city council meeting:

I don't know if any of the other council members read the March 12 Town Crier editorial commenting on the Sunkist Lane/Avalon Drive project.

I submit the following comments on the editorial but not as a council member implying any action by this council.

I am speaking as a resident of Los Altos, and reflecting some of the same concerns voiced to me by others.

Here are excerpts from the editorial:

"Granted, the proposal was unusual - one that would have allowed applicants to have the main home facing Avalon Drive and a second unit facing Sunkist Lane, but the venom several residents spewed on both sides of the plan has left hurt feelings that will take a long time to heal. Neighbors had some legitimate concerns - the plan was not conforming to city codes ... We think it's time for neighbors to reach out to neighbors, apologize for rude behavior and get on with the business of being good neighbors."

Throughout the televised Planning Commission hearing, my own personal meetings with parties on both sides of the issue and council public hearings, I witnessed no rude behavior. I did note legitimate concerns clearly expressed, and rightly so.

In my opinion, it would be fitting for the Town Crier to apologize to all Los Altans for its condescending editorial.

Bob Gray

Los Altos City Council member

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