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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Honor Flight Network salutes vets with free trips to Washington, D.C., memorials


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

Paul McGrew, World War II U.S. Navy veteran, traveled with the Honor Flight Network to Washington, D.C., to view the memorial honoring his service.

The nonprofit Honor Flight Network provides trips free of charge for World War II veterans who have never visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The visit offers the veterans an opportunity to reflect on their contributions, perhaps for the final time.

Paul McGrew, a World War II veteran and Los Altos resident for than 50 years, recently took such a trip with Honor Flight.

McGrew, 88, joined the U.S. Navy when he was 19 years old. He served during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific on the Mindoro Islands in the Philippines.

During his service, McGrew saw action as part of the Aviation, Construction, Ordinance, Repair, Navy (ACORN) unit. An ACORN unit lands in potentially hostile territory and rapidly deploys radar and radio communications equipment, paving the way for an effective land-based operation.

The Honor Flight Network recognizes America’s veterans for their sacrifices, “paying a small tribute to those who gave so much,” according to the group’s website. Top priority is given to senior veterans – World War II survivors – and those who are terminally ill. Korean, then Vietnam veterans follow in sequence. The group salutes vets from around the U.S. with trips to Washington, D.C., to view their respective war memorials.

“Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation – and as a culturally diverse, free society,” according to a statement from Honor Flight. “Now, with over 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.”

Although nearly 70 years have passed since McGrew and his comrades fought in the war in the Pacific, the memories and camaraderie remain. He traveled with 31 other veterans from Northern California to the nation’s capital.

“I was so pleased, so happy and so delighted,” said McGrew of the trip. “It meant a great deal to everyone – a lot of the guys were very emotional.”

During the trip, McGrew said, the veterans were extended the utmost appreciation and respect.

“Senator Bob Dole was one of the greeters when we landed in D.C.,” McGrew said.

For more information, visit www.honorflight.org or www.honorflightnorcal.org.

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