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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 be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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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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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


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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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

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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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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Emily Cheng becomes first Asian mayor of Los Altos Hills

Veteran Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Emily Cheng was selected to serve as the town's new mayor June 19, marking the first time a person of Asian descent has held the position.

Mike O'Malley was chosen by council colleagues -- minus an absent Dean Warshawsky -- to be vice mayor during last week's regular town hall meeting.

Cheng was first elected to council in a special election in March 2000, then re-elected November in the regular election. She served as mayor pro tem prior to taking over the mayor's seat, a one-year rotating position.

Cheng said that during her year as mayor, she plans to focus on putting an end to the hills' drainage system problems, as well as carrying on the goals of outgoing Mayor Bob Fenwick, which include the construction of a new town hall, the undergrounding of utilities project and the continued development of the hills' pathway system.

"(Fenwick) was a great mayor, and I'd like to continue the job he started," Cheng pledged to the audience. "This is the town we all love, and I want to be sure that it remains something we can all love."

The vote for Cheng was unanimously approved by the present councilmembers and met with loud applause from a packed house of Los Altos Hills residents and members of the Bay Area's Asian-American community.

Former Mayor Toni Casey, who ended her council term in 2002, made an appearance to pledge support to Cheng and point out the significance of the event.

"It's such a huge privilege to have an Asian mayor for the first time in the history of this town," she said. "(Cheng) has certainly earned this honor."

Cheng's first order of business as mayor was nominating councilman O'Malley as her mayor pro tem, which council also unanimously approved.

On giving up his center chair to Cheng, Fenwick offered some lighthearted words of wisdom to his successor.

"I don't see how anyone could do this job and stay sane," he said. "It isn't easy, but if anyone can do it, I'm sure it's you, especially someone who has been through the election process twice."

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