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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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Noteworthies

Steven Closs of Los Altos received a bachelor's degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Md.

Akila Kadambi, a seventh-grader at Pinewood School, won first prize at the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Champions for her science fair project, "Lead and Arsenic Levels in Playground Equipment of Different Neighborhoods." She was also nominated for a Discovery Channel award and received a check for $100 from the American Chemistry Association.

Lisa Battle, a Los Altos High School graduate and senior theater major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., starred in "Matt & Ben" in May. The play is about actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and their success with the film "Good Will Hunting." In the play, Damon and Affleck are played by women.

Fifth-grade St. Nicholas student Alyssa Wemyss has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Wemyss will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next April to earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States' most prominent monuments and institutions. Wemyss was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

Rahul Desirazu, a fifth-grader from Los Altos, shared top honors in the K-5 championship section of the 31st National Elementary (K-6) School Chess Championship held in May in Denver, Colo. He received the second-place trophy on tiebreaks, scoring 6.5 points out of a possible 7. Nearly 2,000 children in grades K-6 from all over the country participated in the annual contest. Roughly 300 children competed in the K-5 championship section. Desirazu is a student at Harker School in San Jose.

Andrea Lock Chin of Los Altos will attend the University of Southern California this fall as a trustee scholar. The Trustee Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition award established by the Board of Trustees at USC to recognize extraordinary academic achievement and student leadership. Chin was also accepted into the USC Honors Core, the Thematic Option Honors Program and the school's recently formed College Honors Society. Andrea will graduate from Castilleja School in Palo Alto this month.

Madeleine Baldwin, a four-year starter for Homestead High School Varsity Volleyball, will attend Connecticut College, New London, Conn., in the fall.

Matthew Robert Weiden of Los Altos has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The society is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students.

At the Sixth District Santa Clara County PTA Annual Meeting May 19, Barbara Emerich Scholarships were awarded to Nell Redaniel and Matthew Chin, seniors at Mountain View High School. The scholarship, which honors Emerich's service to youth and work in the California PTA, is given to two students each year to support their pursuit of careers in teaching or counseling.

Homestead High School student Victoria Eunyoung Park and Los Altos High School student Julie Walz were among the 11 graduating seniors honored with scholarships from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Silicon Valley. This is the third year Coldwell has awarded seniors in their Path to Excellence Program. Through the program, each student receives $2,000 upon enrollment in an accredited four-year university.

Eighth-grade Graham Middle School students Blair Bacsi, Emily Fisher, Lauren Fisher and Ellen Shen were awarded the Gold Medal Award at the California Association for Music Education State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Sacramento on May 13. The award was given to the quartet for its superior ratings in all categories: intonation, tone, rhythm, technique, interpretation, balance and other factors.

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