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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Business Briefs

Legato Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LGTO) has announced the launch of its customer certification and consultant certification programs. The programs provide both intensive hands-on technical training and on-site knowledge transfer.

"As distributed environments grow more complex, there is an increased need for (information technology) staff and system integrators to have strong skills in implementing and maintaining data protection," said Mark Diamond, director of professional services. "Legato has developed these programs to ensure that the technical staff of both our customers and partners develop and maintain the skills for deploysing Legato products in these environments. This, in turn, results in a higher return on investment for the customer.

For more information visit the Legato Web site at www.legato.com.

Cordingly named BAL president

BAL Associates, Software and Hardware Consulting Services of Los Altos has announced the promotion of Glenn Cordingley to president of the high-tech recruiting company. Cordingly takes responsibility for BAL's East and West Coast operations. Formerly vice president of sales and marketing for BAL, he will continue to oversee the company's sales and marketing functions. He reports to founder and former president, Brahm Levin. Levin retains the title of chief executive officer and will supervise the company's role as a leading supplier of contract and permanent employees to Silicon Valley technology companies.

The transition comes during a period of change for BAL, which was recently purchased by Personnel Group of America, a $600-million North Carolina company specializing in temporary services.

Founded in 1989, BAL specializes in qualifying and placing high-end software and hardware engineers. For more information call 951-6016.

Varian's first product returns, briefly

Blackberry jam is one way Varian Associates is reminding its past and present employees of the fun the founders had when the company was a startup 50 years ago.

The story is that in 1948 finances were tight for the fledgling firm and the founders' spouses helped out. Once, Charlie Litton of Litton Industries gave them a flat of fresh blackberries. Two innovative wives decided to make jam in the empty research and development lab during lunchtime. While stirring the jam pot on the two-burner stove, they were surprised by a visit from a potential customer for a klystron, one of the firm's first products. The customer jokingly referred to the jam as one of Rus Varian's "strange experiments." That Christmas he received a jar of "Varian's first product line" with a note saying the jam was not available for re-order, but he could have as many klystrons as he wanted.

Varian is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited production of its blackberry jam. The global company, boasted $1.4 billion in 1997 revenues. It holds more than 10,000 patents.

Business after-hours mixer

Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center will host the June 3 Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer. The event is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. at the center, 809 Fremont Ave.

For information, call 948-6238.

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