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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...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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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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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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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

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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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

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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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.

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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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Los Altos Turns 60: Glimpses of the Past


Photo By: COURTESY of LISA ROBINSON/LOS ALTOS HISTORY MUSEUM
Photo Courtesy Of Lisa Robinson/Los Altos History Museum

This photo, originally published in January 1952, shows Adobe Creek overflowing at the corner of Edith and West Fremont avenues. The flood was attributed to 2.39 inches of rainfall in 24 hours.

The year 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Los Altos. To honor the milestone, “Glimpses of the Past” will periodically publish photos and items from Los Altos newspapers from 1952.

“Mountain View Takes Another Bite” read the headline on an article recounting that city’s annexation of Jardin Place. The story concluded that “unless steps are taken to incorporate, eventually there will be no Los Altos.”

• An article titled “4 Top GOP Contenders to Appear in the City” covered visits to San Francisco from possible GOP presidential candidates Gov. Earl Warren, Sen. Robert A. Taft, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (represented by Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge) and Harold E. Stassen.

• The Los Altos Post Office’s “conservative” population estimate totaled 13,500 for an area including today’s Los Altos Hills. The estimate represented an approximate 300 percent increase in the six years since the end of World War II. The new Pacific T&T Co. phone book listed 3,352 Los Altos residents.

• The Korean War was still in the news. A photo of Capt. Frederick McCoy accompanied the story of his return after “18 months Korean combat” with the 2nd Infantry Division.

• The Santa Clara County Planning Commission changed street names in the Country Club area “to reduce confusion”: East Terrace Drive to Terrace Drive, West Terrace Drive to Mora Drive, Loyola Drive to Country Club Drive and Fairway Drive to Loyola Drive.

• Dr. Alfred Isk of San Francisco State College served as speaker at the Morning Forum, held at the Los Altos Methodist Community Church.

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