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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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Los Altos Educational Foundation raises annual grant – and more


Photo By: Courtesy of LAEF
Photo Courtesy Of Laef

Los Altos Educational Foundation officials present .35 million and 5,000 checks at the district’s Junior Olympics April 28.

Fueled by parent donations, the Los Altos Educational Foundation fulfilled its promise to the Los Altos School District, presenting a check for $2.35 million at the Junior Olympics April 28.

The foundation also delivered a second check for an additional $205,000.

The larger grant funded staff and programs for K-8 students across the nine schools in the district, including class-size reduction, art, music, science, PE and junior-high electives and teachers in charge.

“Los Altos School District parents and community donors have done it again this year,” said LAEF Co-President Joe Seither. “Our community is deeply committed to high-quality, full-featured public education in small neighborhood schools. This dedication to excellence, along with a readiness to provide the necessary funding, makes LASD a magnet for young families.”

Last July, at its fiscal year-end, the foundation had received more donations than it had committed to the district, so it provided the additional funding for programs that parents and the district identified as priorities, such as Khan Academy and Communications, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Employer donation-matching programs generated additional revenue for the foundation.

The foundation will announce the size and structure of next year’s grant before school ends.

“We are working closely with the district to plan for next school year,” said foundation Co-President Kristine Bardman. “We’ve already surveyed parents on their satisfaction with this year’s foundation-funded programs, so we’re very clear on what’s important to them going forward. This annual feedback from parents guides our grant-making process every year.”

Next year’s slate of foundation officers includes Co-Presidents Bardman and Brooke Schiller, Vice President Marilyn Stanley, Treasurer Nancy Faz and Secretary Jennifer Carlstrom. The foundation will appoint three parent volunteers from each of the nine district schools in the fall.

The Los Altos Educational Foundation is accepting donations toward next year’s grant. To donate, visit laefonline.net/donate.

For more information, visit laefonline.net.

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