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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Cupertino schools and incumbents win approval in June 5 election

Despite presidential, congressional and state office primaries, numerous statewide initiatives and a Cupertino Union School District bond measure on the ballot, only slightly more than 37 percent of eligible Santa Clara County voters participated in the June 5 Presidential Primary Election.

Numbers specific to the Los Altos area were unavailable as of the Town Crier’s press deadline.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the majority of those who voted submitted Vote by Mail ballots. Only 6.48 percent of voters cast their ballots at polling locations. Another 6,600 provisional ballots will be added to the vote total by July 5.

A $220 million bond measure for the improvement of school facilities in the Cupertino Union School District won approval from 66.16 percent of voters. Approximately 800 Los Altos students attend Cupertino schools, including Cupertino Junior High School and Montclaire Elementary School, located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave. in Los Altos.

According to district officials, the bond mandates that homeowners pay an additional $29 per $100,000 of assessed valuation the year after the first series of bonds is sold and the year the last series of bonds is sold.

Winning candidates for local office include termed-out state Sen. Joe Simitian, who received 58.3 percent of the votes to capture the District 5 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Assemblyman Rich Gordon, a Democrat who represents Los Altos and District 21, retained his seat with 55.39 percent of the vote.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, won 59.96 percent of the vote, and will face Republican Elizabeth Emken, who won 8.86 percent, in the Nov. 6 general election.

U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, a Democrat who represents Los Altos in the new 18th congressional district, won her primary easily, with 59.86 percent of the vote in Santa Clara County. Eshoo will run against Republican Dave Chapman in the general election.

County Registrar of Voters officials said the elections ran smoothly despite recent redistricting and changes to the collection of ballots. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos acted as couriers, gathering and delivering ballots to the Registrar of Voters’ office election night after polls closed.

For a full list of election results, visit www.sccgov.org/elections/results/jun2012.

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