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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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Corp. moves boost TC stock index

Stock Report

The widening economic crisis in Russia, new woes in Latin America and the antics of President Clinton sent the stock market on a nerve-racking free fall last Friday, dropping 288 points.

The global downdraft sent shares on a wild ride, but at the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was only down 77.76 points. Tech stocks didn't return to their opening prices, but some positive news for several companies helped increase the Town Crier Weekly Stock Index.

The index is still up for the year because of positive corporate events. Actions this past week were:

Varian Associates - High-tech equipment maker Varian Associates, Inc. announced Friday that it will spin off its core businesses to help beat back the effects of a weak semiconductor sector.

The plan, approved by the board, would split Varian into three businesses focused on health care systems, semiconductor equipment and various scientific instruments.

In a statement, Chairman and Chief Executive J. Tracy O'Rourke said the spinoff would give each business a sharper focus on its markets, customers, costs and growth potential. This will help boost the value of its stock price, he said. The stock was up 8 points for the week.

Intel - Intel planned to step up its battle with rivals Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp's Cyrix last Monday when it launched an improved, faster Celeron chip for the low-cost personal computer market.

Intel is expected to introduce two improved versions of the Celeron chip in its biggest assault yet on the booming sub-$1,000 PC market. Two Celeron chips, at speeds of 300 and 333 megahertz, will be launched, analysts said.

Aspect Development - Aspect Development split its stock 2 for 1 at the close of business Aug. 13. The stock is up 62 percent since Jan. 1.

Apple Computer - Orders continue to come in for the recently introduced iMac computer. The stock is up 227 percent since Jan. 1.

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