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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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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

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Champions for Youth breakfast honors two community members

The Mountain View-Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Challenge Team supports and creates programs to help youth make positive decisions and live healthy lives. That theme came forward loud and clear at the team's 2002 Champions for Youth benefit breakfast last Thursday.

Dick Liewer, in his final year as associate superintendent of curriculum in the Los Altos School District, and Brother Sam Robin, Saint Francis High School teacher, were the recipients of the Challenge Team 2002 Champions for Youth Awards.

The Challenge Team is a community-based, non-profit partnership of community organizations which collaborate to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related problems in our community. The Challenge Team believes in working together to make a difference for youth and for the health and productivity of the community.

Keynote speaker Brother Steve Johnson, co-director of the Graduate School of Education, Santa Clara University, spoke about "Raising an Ethical Adolescent." Johnson coordinates several community projects, training professionals who work with delinquent and troubled youth and developing gang intervention programs.

"We have a challenge in developing character in today's youth," Johnson said, "Character is who you are today after you overcome the sum of a person's virtues and vices, and what you will be tomorrow."

Johnson provided five key positive behavior patterns that parents should adhere to with growing youth: have a daily conversation with your child; always know where your child is by monitoring or checking; know your child's friends and use peers as a source of influence; reinforce desired behavior in a consistent manner; and sanction undesired behavior in a way that is firm, fair and consistent.

Marge Gratiot, superintendent of Los Altos School District, presented the youth award to Liewer.

"Dick is a treasure for all our children," Gratiot said. "He is leaving the school district next month and we will all miss him dearly. After all these years with Dick, it's like a friendly marriage, but now we will be divorced, but I keep all the kids."

Kevin Makley, president of Saint Francis High School, presented Robin's award.

"Sam committed his life to youth and has been an outstanding role model for 13 years at Saint Francis high School, " Makley said. "He not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. He wants youth to be drug free, and adhere to the values of respect of self and respect of others."

Gay Krause, chairperson of champions for youth, was given an award for organizing the program.

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