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Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area&rsquo...

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Schools

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green...

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Community

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remem...

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Sports

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boy...

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Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Fur...

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Special Sections

How to personalize the wedding bar

How to personalize the wedding bar


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget...

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Business

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the gree...

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People

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

1930-2016

Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, M...

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Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy  ends run this weekend

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch...

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Spiritual Life

UPC opens its arms to children with autism

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos launched a new ministry: “All God’s Children,” a Sunday School class for children with autism.

The program, which focuses on children 5-10, is not restricted to church families – any family that seeks an environment where God’s love is presented to children is welcome.

Despite the many advantages and programs the community offers, church members heard from parents about the lack of religious programs for children on the autism spectrum – a place where they could learn and discuss the Bible and God’s message in a way appropriate to their needs. The children’s ministry at UPC began to discuss such a program.

Serendipitiously, Amanda Royer arrived from Chicago after her husband, Chris, accepted a position at Yahoo. When the term “autism” arose, Royer mentioned that she had both a personal and professional connection with the problems children on the autism spectrum face. She has a 7-year-old half-brother diagnosed with autism. She has intimately experienced the difficulties many of the children – and those who care for or teach them – encounter in traditional classrooms.

Influenced by her brother’s struggles, Royer majored in child psychology at Davidson College in North Carolina and earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Beyond her academic credentials, Royer has prior professional experience with autism. At Lake Mary Elementary School in Illinois, she served as special-education teacher for students with autism. There was no existing structured program, so Royer developed the academic, social and communication skills, behavior management and independent functioning for students on the autism spectrum. And she gained ministerial experience at Grace Chicago Church.

Royer’s résumé defined the job description rather than the reverse. The dilemma was solved and a new ministry announced.

Royer has a simple but basic theological message for the children: “God loves you, and you can’t get rid of Him.” This fundamental moral truth, once embraced, gives each child comfort, safety and the foundation for everything else they encounter.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit unionpc.org.

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