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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2004

PREUSS, Nellie Riedel,

Nellie was born in Coronado, CA, on November 18, 1903, the second daughter and third child of Peter and Atsje Riedel, who immigrated to America from Friesland, Holland at the turn of the 20th century. Shortly after Nellie's birth, the family moved to Santa Barbara, where her father, Peter, became widely known as a horticulturist, landscape designer and associate of Dr. Francesco Franceschi.

Nellie received her B.A. from the U. of California at Berkeley in 1925. Before returning to Santa Barbara and starting her own family, she taught at The Katherine Burke School in San Francisco. After her children set out on their own, she returned to Northern California, where she lived first in Menlo Park and then in Carmel before moving to the Sequoias.

With the help of her eldest daughter, Mary, Nellie compiled a 252 page bound book in 1984 on Our Dutch Heritage which traced her Dutch family back six generations. Her relatives were presented with a copy as a Christmas gift.

Nellie loved to read, write, garden, sew and play bridge. One of her greatest joys was to visit with her family, who knew her as a good listener, keen observer and loyal friend. Her enthusiasm for the simple gifts of life was contagious to those around her.

Nellie is survived by her four children and their families: Mary Randolph of Menlo Park, CA; Ms Patricia Rinaker of LaJolla, CA; Charles F. Preuss of Atherton, CA; Pamela Ellsworth of Los Altos, CA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

MANSFIELD, Mary JoAnn,

JoAnn was born in Portland, Oregon on October 19, 1922. She attended the University of Oregon for three years, then transferred to the University of Arizona for her last year. In 1943, she married Edward "Ned" Franklin Mansfield, who became not only her husband but her dearest friend and support system. In 1951, after Ned retired from active duty in the Air Force, JoAnn and Ned moved to Palo Alto, California where they lived and raised their three children for 25 years. In 1968, they moved to their present home in Los Altos.

JoAnn had a bubbling and outgoing personality. She loved engaging people in conversations about their lives and interests. Of greatest importance to her, however, was her family. In August of 2003, JoAnn and Ned celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Sunriver, Oregon. They enjoyed a full week there with their three children and families: Marrily Doore from Saratoga (and her husband Danny and their two children Malea and Brian); Michael from San Mateo (and his wife Theresa and their three children, Tyson, Danielle and Roxanne) and Stephen from Astoria, Oregon (and his wife Debbie and their two children, Joseph and Jamie). JoAnn's late brother John Supple was also there along with other relatives and friends.

JoAnn worked in and supported the family businesses and was very active in community activities. She served for 11 years as a docent at the Cantor Art Center, she was a member of the Palo Alto Auxiliary to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and was a member of the Library Associates at Stanford. JoAnn greatly enjoyed the friendships she made as a member of the Garden Club of Palo Alto, her bridge group and her two book groups. She also loved playing tennis, and later in life, golf. She was a member of Foothills Tennis and Swim Club and Menlo Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church at 1040 Border Road, Los Altos on Saturday, May 1, at 3 PM. A reception will follow at Foothills Tennis and Swim Club at 3351 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Pathways Hospice at 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 95040 or the Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

RAABE, Madelyn,

Friends were invited to attend services on April 8, 2004 at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. Interment was on April 9, 2004 at the Rural Cemetery, Stockton, CA

Donations to the Pan Am Pilots Retirement Operation Dignity, 1172 So. Dixie Highway #460, Coral Gables, FL 53146-2918 or the Project Match, Inc, 555 Meridian Ave, Suite C, San Jose, CA 95126 preferred.

SCOTT, Gordon Lester,

His passions included racing, classic automobiles, antique wood boats, water and snow skiing and spending time with his family. One of his greatest joys came from cooking extravagant meals and sharing his gift with others. He especially had a fervor for spicy dishes and has passed that down to his sons.

Gordon met Leleta Hindman at the Palo Alto Ski Club in 1965 and they were married in February 1967. They were blessed with two sons, Brian Lester born April 9, 1970 and Randall Hindman born April 26, 1973.

Gordon worked for Thomas Air Systems in South San Francisco for over 30 years. He was involved with a variety of community organizations including: The Los Altos Educational Foundation, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, AYSO Soccer and Scouting with his sons.

His fondness for Lake Tahoe, which began in his high school years, continued into his adult life with summer and winter vacations at the family cabin. The peaceful lake was amongst the family's fondest memories, where they spent time hiking, water skiing and camping. This indeed was Gordon's favorite spot.

Gordon and Laleta have enjoyed the past six years of retirement in Placerville where they are members of the El Dorado Federated Church and where Gordon served as the resident chef for the men's breakfast.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife Laleta of 37 years, sons Brian and Randy, grandsons Jonah and Carter and granddaughter Avery.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, Placerville, CA.

KRANTZ, David O.,

Passionate about Special Education reform, David worked at state and local levels on behalf of

students for over a decade. He published the newsletter Parents Educating Parents (1990-93), the Special Education Observer (1994-2001), and authored Taming the IEP, a handbook for parents (Sopris West). David worked in the test publishing business for nearly thirty years with CTB McGraw-Hill, The Psychological Corporation and CPP, Inc. in Palo Alto.

David was an avid racquetball player and lover of good literature. Fishing, cycling and cooking were among his other great pleasures. His unfailing sense of fairness guided his actions in business as well as his personal life. His integrity, intelligence and wit endeared him to those who knew him.

David had lived in Mountain View since 1987. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, children Katy and Bill, mother Adele and brother Matthew.

Those wishing to attend a memorial celebration are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Memorial contributions may be made to Trout, Unlimited (www.tu.org), 1500 Wilson Blvd, Suite 310, Arlington, VA 22209, or to Stanford University for medical research with check written to Stanford University, #941156365 (on memo line), C/O 1123 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

HOLWAY, Kathleen S.,

Kathleen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Roger B. Holway, Jr. and her two sons John (San Jose, CA) and William (Minneapolis, MN). She was an active member and past president of the Almond School PTA in Los Altos and a library activities volunteer and later worked for 10 years as receptionist for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Urology Dept.

Kathleen will be deeply missed by her family and many dear friends. A private sea scattering service will be held.

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