Two juveniles arrested in connection with 12 downtown burglaries

The Los Altos Police Department today announced it has apprehended two suspects in the recent string of downtown Los Altos commercial burglaries.

Authorities are withholding the identities of the juvenile suspects, ages 15 and 17, from Santa Clara a...

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St. Francis students explore world on virtual-reality trips

To introduce the concept of ecosystems, St. Francis High School biology teacher Roberta Chisam “whisked” her classes away to the coast of Tanzania, where she instructed students to scrutinize the wildlife and vegetation they see there.


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Foothill veterans program supports students' college, career goals

Foothill veterans program supports students' college, career goals

Foothill College Veterans Resource Center student Daniel Muse, above, attends classes with his service dog, Princess.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center seeks to help veterans achieve their educational and career goal...

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St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Isabella Mandema looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS final against Sacred Heart Prep. She scored two goals.

The St. Francis High boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the Central ...

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Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last ...

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Special Sections

Staying organized can help for disaster preparation

Staying organized can help for disaster preparation

Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Storing nonperishable essentials on a shelf in the garage can help in case of an emergency.

As a professional organizer, I look inside dozens of homes every week, and it always shocks me when I don’t find an emergenc...

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Downtown merchants stock up for holiday season shopping

Downtown merchants stock up for holiday season shopping

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Ellen Biolsi, left, owns State Street’s Cranberry Scoop, which now features seasonal gifts and twinkling trees with ornaments. Biolsi said events like Small Business Saturday provide opportunities for local residen...

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Jessica Laurie and  Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Hunter Martinez were married June 6 in Longmont, Colo. They held their reception at the YA YA Farm & Orchard.

The bride is the daughter of Drs. Joe and Debra Vallner of Los Altos Hills. ...

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Erin go bragh: Nonstop flights available from SFO to the Emerald Isle

The Ha’penny Bridge, which spans the River Liffey, is among Dublin’s most popular landmarks.

You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to visit to Ireland.

Aer Lingus, the premier Irish airline, flie...

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Stepping Out

Musical 'Man'

Musical 'Man'

Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Daniel P. Wilson portrays Don Quixote in the Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha” opened last week and is slated to run ...

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Spiritual Life

New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight

New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight

In the years since the Valley of the Heart’s Delight evolved from orchards and vineyards to computer chips and code, a plethora of articles, films and books have documented the phenomenal transition. Los Altos resident Skip Vaccarello joined th...

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Inside Mountain View

Dayworker book chronicles 'Voices of the Undocumented'

Dayworker book chronicles 'Voices of the Undocumented'

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Val Rosenfeld teaches English as a Second Language at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Rosenfeld co-authored a book that shares some of her students’ stories.

Many of the men and women who se...

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Letters to the Editor

A drunk driving victim's question

Regarding Kerri Havnen Gordon's Feb. 14 column, "Devastation by a Drunk Driver": Our family knows of the injury and death that results from drunk driving. My wife is paraplegic and has written a book, "With Love, Bev," about her accident and recovery. A poem on this subject is "Death of an Innocent," which follows:

I went to a party, Mom,

I remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, Mom,

So I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside, Mom,

The way you said I would.

I didn't drink and drive, Mom,

Even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom,

I know you are always right.

Now the party is finally ending, Mom,

As everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom,

I knew I'd get home in one piece.

Because of the way you raised me,

So responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom,

But as I pulled out into the road,

The other car didn't see me, Mom,

And hit me like a load.

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,

I hear the policeman say,

"The other guy is drunk," Mom,

And now I'm the one who will pay.

I'm lying here dying, Mom ...

I wish you'd get here soon.

How could this happen to me, Mom?

My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom,

And most of it is mine.

I hear the medic say, Mom,

I'll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom,

I swear I didn't drink.

It was the others, Mom.

The others didn't think.

He was probably at the same party as I.

The only difference is, he drank

And I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom?

It can ruin your whole life.

I'm feeling sharp pains now.

Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,

And I don't think it's fair.

I'm lying here dying

And all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.

Tell Daddy to be brave.

And when I go to heaven, Mom,

Put "Daddy's Girl" on my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom,

Not to drink and drive.

If only they had told him, Mom,

I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.

I'm becoming very scared.

Please don't cry for me, Mom.

When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom.

Before I say goodbye.

I didn't drink and drive,

So why am I the one to die?

John DifferdingLos Altos

Thanks for the advance, but drop D

Thank you for the article about the benefits of having an Advance Health Care Directive (Feb. 14). I hope it will spur many procrastinators to create their own individualized documents.

I would like to make one little correction in terminology: it is an Advance Health Care Directive, not advanceD (no "d"). It is not a case of a "beginner, intermiediate, advanced" document, rather, it is a document created in advance.

Betsy Carpenter

Los Altos Hills

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