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VTA plans for  El Camino Real prompt skepticism

VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit alo...

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Schools

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record


Barry Tonge/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship braceletsNov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 Mountain View High School students gathered around...

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Community

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One...

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Comment

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans th...

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Business

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.


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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase ...

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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

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemi...

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Travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either ̶...

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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince ...

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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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Athlete of the Week

Pinewood High's Jennifer Arton is the epitome of an all-around athlete.

On the volleyball court, the 5-foot-11 senior does it all - hit, serve and defend. This is evidenced by the big numbers she amassed in recent wins over Notre Dame-Belmont (eight kills, 10 digs, two blocks) and Fremont Christian (22 kills, four service aces, 17 digs, two blocks).

"Jennifer plays with a tremendous amount of courage," said Coach Bernadette Diepenbrock. "In tough game situations, she enjoys stepping up and getting the job done."

She really came through for Pinewood in the five-game win over Fremont Christian. "It's such a big rivalry. I was so excited, so pumped up to play. Everything (I did) was on," Arton said.

Arton, along with senior setter Marisa Gardner, is also crucial in the leadership department. "We're younger this year. We have players who are not as experienced in five-game matches," she said. "So the other captain (Gardner) and I help them out."

The duo's outstanding play and encouragement have led Pinewood to four five-game victories this season. And then there's the "Spam sushi" factor, which is a lucky phrase the Panthers say before starting the fifth game.

Although the Panthers - 13-2 in league - play tough volleyball, Arton said they also have fun on the court. "It's not as serious and intense as last year. We still play well, but you don't get as down on yourself (after mistakes)."

The hard-hitting Arton, who began mixing basketball practice into her regimen last week, has been playing volleyball since the eighth grade and recently finished a six-month stint with Los Altos' Griffin team. "I love it," she said. "I know the game, and I've gotten much better as I get older."

- Andy Nystrom

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