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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...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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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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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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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

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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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

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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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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Locals hope to shine in county all-star game

Like any all-star exhibition, the participants in next week's Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game intend to have fun. However, this doesn't mean these high school standouts won't take the game seriously.

Just ask Mountain View High fullback Mike Caldwell.

"I want to have fun, but I also want to do well," Caldwell said. "It's a big game and I want to help our team win."

St. Francis offensive lineman Joe Escobar agrees.

"I think every one's playing to win," Escobar said. "No one's willing to lose an all-star game."

Caldwell and Escobar are among eight seniors from the area slated to play in the county all-star game at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at San Jose State's Spartan Stadium.

Joining them on the North team will be defensive back Ryan Gutierrez of Los Altos, kicker Bryan Beall of St. Francis, defensive back Fred Shepherd and tight end Brent Bower of Gunn, plus defensive lineman Matt Kenney and linebacker Chris Brooker of Homestead.

In all, more than 100 players from the class of 1998 are expected to take part in the 24th annual charity game, which pits North vs. South. The all-star classic is named after the former Los Gatos High football coach who's been fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease since 1977.

The teams have been practicing since July 8, with the North working out at Lynbrook High. And so far, Gutierrez likes what he's seen from his teammates.

"I'm excited because we have a lot of good players," Gutierrez said. "And we seem to be working well together."

Playing well as a team and individually can only help these players further their careers.

Escobar, for example, doesn't plan to play football this fall, but said he hopes to transfer from UC-Riverside to Cal-Berkeley next year to continue his career. He knows an impressive performance in front of the throng of recruiters expected at the game will improve his chances.

"I look forward to meeting (the scouts)," Escobar said.

Gutierrez, who's also taking a year off from football, is eager to please the scouts as well.

"I just want to go out there and shine," he said.

Another player hoping to make an impression is Caldwell. He intends to play at West Valley College this fall and then transfer to a four-year school.

"It's a great honor to play in this game, and if I do well it can only help me," Caldwell said.

Perhaps no player is more excited about making the all-star team than Shepherd, a former Los Altos Hills resident.

"This is my dream," said Shepherd, who will play for Cabrillo College this fall. "I planned on making this game before last season even started."

Tickets to the game are $8 (kids under 5 get in free) and can be purchased in advance by calling the San Jose Box Office at (408) 246-1160.

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