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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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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

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Couple $17 million richer

Los Altos residents are big SuperLotto winners

Los Altos resident Lynn Bell was home alone Saturday when she checked her SuperLotto numbers against the winning numbers in the newspaper.

She couldn't believe it when she discovered she and her husband Rick held the winning combination worth $17 million.

Lynn screamed so loudly that the family dog became frightened and hid.

She waited for her husband to come home.

When she heard the garage door open, Lynn ran outside and waved the winning ticket.

Rick couldn't believe it.

"Read it and weep," Lynn told him. And he did.

This makes the Bells California's newest SuperLotto millionaires and the first Los Altos residents ever to claim a SuperLotto jackpot prize, said Gina Stassi, a spokeswoman from California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.

Each year, for the next 20 years, the Bells will receive $850,000 per year, which is a net payment of $612,000 per year.

Just a few days earlier the Bells had been discussing business. Lynn said to Rick, "The dream can be ours. We just have to have faith."

She had no idea their Lottery win was imminent, but she did believe that good fortune was in their future.

The Bells said they have no immediate plans for the winnings and would like to take the time needed to make decisions.

"We'll just enjoy the summer and go from there," Rick said.

The Bells bought their winning ticket in Los Altos at Jerry's Liquor and Deli at 398 S. San Antonio Road.

Joe and Shahr Mardini have owned the business for almost 10 years and say this is the first time they have ever sold a winning ticket.

"I'm the one," said Joe Mardindi who owns Jerry's with his wife, Shahr. "I sold the ticket.

"A lot of people come and say - 'hey - this is a lucky place.' And they buy a (SuperLotto) ticket. Even the TV people (from Channel 11) bought tickets."

The Mardinis, who live in Mountain View, have been married for 17 years and have three children, 15, 11 and 7.

For selling the winning ticket, they receive one half of one percent which is $85,000, Stassi said.

"It'll go for my kids' education," Mardini said. He expects the check to come in four to six weeks, in one payment.

The Mardinis were unable to go to San Jose for the 1 p.m. press conference on Monday when the winners were announced. They couldn't leave their deli. But their phone is ringing and the store is filling with people who want to feel lucky, too.

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