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LASD teachers "draw line in sand" as trustees reopen contract negotiations

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Members of Los Altos Teachers Association attend the Sept. 28 Los Altos School District meeting, at which trustees voted to reopen contract negotiations.

Teachers attended last week’s Los Altos School District Board of Tr...

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BCS shares best practices with other schools

BCS shares best practices with other schools

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Administrators from Santa Clara County schools interact with Bullis Charter School students as part of the yearlong educator development program charter school officials initiated this year.

Bullis Charter School has bee...

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LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

Courtesy of Vinita Sud Belani
Los Altos resident Vinita Sud Belani, right, stars alongside actor Puneet in the new EnActe Arts production of “Chaos Theory” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

There are a few conversation topics Vinita Sud Belani broac...

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Spartans stymie Vikings

Spartans stymie Vikings

Megan V, Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High defensive lineman Christopher Suarez picks up a fumble in Friday night’s game against Lynbrook.

Coach Shelley Smith would like to see his Mountain View High football team break the habit of playin...

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Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how do...

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Better biscuits with bitters

Better biscuits with bitters

courtesy of Rita Held
Whether they’re dropped or rolled, homemade biscuits welcome fall with a savory/sweet blast of warmth from the oven.

Hardly anything is more satisfying than homemade biscuits warm out of the oven – except perhaps those made...

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Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Husband-wife duo Raefer Gabriel and Felice Miller Gabriel co-founded Delvv Inc., a mobile app development company that recently relocated to a colorful office space in downtown Los Altos.

Love it or hate it, most choose to k...

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Family man, NASA Research Scientist, Sunday School Teacher, fisherman, traveler, and long-time resident of Los Altos, Vernon John Rossow peacefully passed away in his home on Monday, September 21, 2015.

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Lost & found: Travel often relies on the kindness of strangers

Some people will only buy a house if it’s brand new or custom built with no former occupants. Whenever you stay at a hotel, however, you’re usually moving in right after someone else has moved out.

Despite housekeeping efforts to sanitize the room, ...

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Stepping Out

'Proof' is in

'Proof' is in

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Hal (Lance Gardner) reviews Catherine’s (Michelle Beck, center) mathematical theorems under the watchful eye of her sister Claire (Ashley Bryant) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Proof.” The play...

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Spiritual Life

Healthy marriages preserve the couple at the heart of a family

I’m watching the marriage of my friends disintegrate. It is painful to watch, and the bad thing is that it didn’t need to happen. You can chalk this article up as general marriage advice, and not specifically a Christian message. But as I...

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Inside Mountain View

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Newly appointed Fire Chief Juan Diaz, pictured outside Mountain View Fire Station No. 1 on Friday, brings more than 30 years of experience to the position.

Mountain View officials appointed Juan F. Diaz the city’s ne...

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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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