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UPDATED: Missing Los Altos High School student found

UPDATED at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 21: Mountain View Police report that Avendano is safe after being located in Los Angeles County.

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The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. Accordin...

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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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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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Los Altos High emphasizes value of math and science


Photo By: Charles So/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Charles So/Special To The Town Crier

Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University, addresses Los Altos High students on “Multitasking How Does It Change the Way You Think?” during Science & Tech Week.

Los Altos High School hosted its seventh annual Science & Tech Week on campus last week, exposing students to leading scientists and high-tech executives from all reaches of Silicon Valley.

A series of diverse guest speakers discussed the value of science and math education during the week, including Odette Harris, M.D., associate professor and director of brain injury in the neurosurgery department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Konstantin Guericke, co-founder of LinkedIn; Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero; Seth Shostak, astronomer at the SETI Institute; Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University; and Anne Toth, head of privacy at Google.

Students learned about a broad range of topics, from how doctors treat head injuries to the behind-the-scene efforts devoted to making popular video games.

“Science & Tech Week always has a good selection of presenters,” said Adam Evard, a senior at Los Altos High.

Evard said his favorite presentation at Science & Tech Week over the years involved electric vehicles, because he is interested in innovative technology.

Los Altos High has sponsored Science & Tech Week for the past for six years. Local community members founded the venture to highlight the value of science and math.

According to organizers, Science & Tech Week aims to:

• Demonstrate the value of a science and math education, thereby encouraging more Los Altos High students to take science and math classes during their high school years.

• Raise student awareness of the variety of science- and math-related educational and career opportunities in the Bay Area, including those involving other academic disciplines such as music, economics, law and the arts.

• Showcase the diverse backgrounds (and obstacles many have overcome) of today’s successful scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists.

• Inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and show that thinking creatively can be achieved by anyone.

Students, staff and speakers participate in the event in an effort to curb the decline of science and math in U.S. curricula.

“The event has tremendous value to the community,” said Adam Randall, physics teacher at Los Altos High.

Randall, who has taught at the school for 15 years, said he believes that Los Altos High is one of the best high schools in the state, and that such community involvement is among the reasons.

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

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