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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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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

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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