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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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Local Author Spotlight


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In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Study Smart, Study Less’ (Ten Speed Press, 2011)

By Anne Crossman

“Study Smart, Study Less” is a humorous and practical guide designed to help high school and college students improve their study skills.

Based on mainstream theories of memory and the brain – as well as Crossman’s experience as a student at Stanford and Duke universities, a public high school teacher and a college instructor – the book attempts to fill a critical gap in the education system by providing students with a foundation of solid study habits on which to build a lifetime of learning.

Crossman’s handbook of wisdom turns complex techniques of pedagogy and psychology into child’s play – the only puzzle left for the student is deciding whether to play Twisted Twister or Paper Flaps, two of more than a dozen study games outlined in the book.

Students identify their personal learning strengths from four distinct study types so that they can work within those strengths. They are then equipped with the tools they need to study creatively, have fun in the process and become eager learners.

Students can learn how to stay focused, design a successful study group and use doodles and colored markers to take better notes. The fundamentals of learning are included, along with nuggets of insight on unsuspecting grade killers.

“Study Smart, Study Less” offers no boring fill-in-the-blank exercises or soapboxes – just a fast, effective study guide that makes lifelong learning fun.

Crossman is a Los Altos resident.

To purchase “Study Smart, Study Less,” visit www.annecrossman.com.

‘True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat’ (Eshagh Malek, 1994)

By Irandokht A. Malek

The late Irandokht A. Malek loved “Robaiyat.” A native Persian, she memorized all of Khayyam’s quatrain before the age of 5.

As she matured and studied different languages, Malek became deeply annoyed with the fanciful notions attributed to Khayyam by his various translators. As a result, she spent 20 years creating a new translation.

In the book, Malek dispels the idle, drunken, epicurean image that many readers have come to associate with Khayyam. She reveals the dignity of the poet as scholar and philosopher and discloses the authentic text of this mystical poet of the Islamic world. In Persian culture, Khayyam is considered a highly advanced religious teacher, and his quatrains are revealed as inspired Sufi scripture.

The renowned Persian miniaturist Mehdi Taheri created 11 exquisite color illustrations for this edition.

The author’s son, Los Altos resident Isaac Malek, published the book.

To purchase the “True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat,” visit www.amazon.com.

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