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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 be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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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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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


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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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

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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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.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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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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MVLA breaks ground on new classrooms


Photo By: Images Courtesy of MVLA
Photo Images Courtesy Of Mvla Plans for a new building at Los Altos High School, above, feature a two-story structure with space for nine general-education classrooms and three art classrooms.

Crews officially began construction at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools this week, breaking ground on 24 new classrooms between the campuses.

The classroom additions are among the projects funded by the 2010 $41.3 million Measure A bond. Joe White, associate superintendent for business services, said the cost of constructing new classrooms, including classroom renovations, is approximately $18 million to $19 million.

“These buildings were not only designed to provide state-of-the-art classrooms, but will also be sustainable,” he said.

White said they are building to a minimum LEED Silver rating to “ensure our classrooms are energy efficient, comfortable and built with techniques that are sustainable to the environment.”

At Los Altos High, plans include a two-story building that will house nine general-education classrooms and three art rooms. White said the building would be located directly behind the current weight room, adjacent to the athletic fields.

Two single-story buildings will host Mountain View High’s new classrooms. A larger building will include a wing of nine general-education classrooms. A second building will comprise three science classrooms (an earth science and two physics rooms), including prep space for the science classes. The new row of classes will stand along Bryant Avenue next to the current Wing 100.

In addition to the new classroom buildings, the district plans to repurpose and renovate several existing classrooms.

The existing art classrooms at Los Altos High, replaced in the new buildings, will be repurposed to serve as chemistry and biology classroom space. The existing physics classrooms at Mountain View High, scheduled for replacement and updating in the new buildings, will be renovated as chemistry and biology classrooms.

The buildings, designed by Sugimura Finney Architects and managed by Kramer Project Development Co., are scheduled for completion in August 2013, in time for the expected sharp increase in enrollment. Renovations of classrooms will follow after the 2013-2014 school year begins.

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/BONDINFO.

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