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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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VIRGINIA DUNCAN SMITH

Virginia Duncan was born to Titus Duncan and Alison Scott Duncan on Nov. 18, 1913, in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she attended public school with her older sister Alison. Her father had one of the first cars in town and would often take the family on trips in the countryside as well as summer trips to his family in Duluth, Minnesota. After two years at UCLA, she transferred to UC Berkeley where she completed her B.A. in 1937 and did some graduate study in child psychology, specializing in standardized testing. She married a fellow student, Bert Lowell Smith, in 1936 and over the next five years they had twin sons followed by a third son. During World War II, she and a friend operated a day care facility for working mothers. In the 1950s the family made their home in Los Altos in a house they designed and Bert built at the top of Valley View Drive. Towards the end of the decade, Virginia became active in efforts to expand the county library system, eventually serving as a Santa Clara County Library Commissioner, until her husband Bert developed serious heart problems in 1962. As his health improved,

they enjoyed wide-ranging foreign travel, visiting all the continents except Antarctica. This exposure inspired her to volunteer her time teaching English as a Second Language with Mountain View Adult Education. After Bert’s death in 1978, she continued her travels, particularly enjoying Britain and visiting her mother’s relatives in Scotland. In 1992 she became one of the first residents of the Forum at Rancho San Antonio (in Cupertino) and lived out the rest of her life in its very supportive surroundings, while remaining an important presence in the lives of her son Dennis and his family. She died on Nov. 19, 2012, the day after her ninety-ninth birthday. She is survived by her son Duncan L. Smith of San Jose and her son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Martha Smith of Palo Alto along with their sons Grey Lowell and Douglas Smith.

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