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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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Taking a bite out of childhood hunger: Couple launches philanthropic arm of coupons.com


Photo By: ELLIE VAN HOUTTE/TOWN CRIER
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal, founders of coupons.com, launched Coupons for Change to help feed hungry children.

 

Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal just made it easier for others to join the fight to eliminate childhood hunger nationwide.

In fact, all it takes is the click of a mouse.

The couple, who founded Mountain View-based coupons.com in 1998, Aug. 15 announced the launch of their company’s philanthropic arm, Coupons for Change, and its website, couponsforchange.org.

For every three coupons printed from the website and used by a consumer, one meal will be donated to Feeding America, according to Michele Boal, who serves as chief philanthropic officer for Coupons for Change. Feeding America, a national charity, feeds approximately 14 million children, 3 million of whom are 5 and younger.

Boal told the Town Crier the website seeks to empower those who want to give back but don’t always have the time or resources.

“Everyone wants to give back, but not everyone can,” said Boal, who noted that Coupons for Change offers several of the same brand-name coupons offered on the parent company website. “With this, we’re empowering everyone to give back in a simple way. Nothing is coming out of (the consumer’s) pockets. They get to stretch their dollars and help someone else in the process.”

The organization selected Feeding America, she added, because of its ability to impact those in need of one of life’s most basic necessities – food. According to Feeding America, more than 16 million children in the United States suffered food insecurity in 2010.

A mother of three, Boal said the thought of a child going to bed without food is “enough to make my stomach turn.”

“People sometimes get this idea that (childhood hunger) is hitting only a certain area, when it’s really everywhere,” she said. “Childhood hunger hides from no one. It is truly in all of our neighborhoods and schools. It’s happening all the time and you hear about it more than ever.”

To celebrate its launch, Coupons for Change attempted to set a Guinness World Record by making the largest lunch box – 90 inches long, 80 inches wide and 40 inches high. The giant lunchbox was 10 times the size of a traditional lunch box.

“The lunch box was a very symbolic thing for us,” she said.

Partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, InnVision Shelter Network and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, the organization stuffed the lunch box with 400 backpacks filled with nutritious lunches. InnVision, which provides housing and support services for local homeless families, distributed the backpacks.

“We want to have the greatest impact we can,” said Boal, who expects to receive notice soon about the organization’s record-setting attempt. “We’re not capping (our goals) at a certain dollar amount. There are a lot of kids to help out there.”

For more information, visit www.couponsforchange.org.

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