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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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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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Almond teacher honored as ‘Hero’ in the classroom


Photo By: Courtesy of Symetraheroes.com
Photo Courtesy Of Symetraheroes.com

Almond School’s Amy Shelley, right, with a San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader, accepts the Heroes in the Classroom Award.

Almond School sixth-grade teacher Amy Shelley recently received the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award.

The San Francisco 49ers and Symetra Financial partnered to initiate the Heroes program, which recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding dedication, leadership and instructional skills in the classroom.

Program representatives visited Shelley in class Nov. 28, awarding her a $1,000 donation to use in the classroom and two tickets to a 49ers home football game, where she will be recognized on the scoreboard during the game.

An Almond parent who wished to remain anonymous nominated Shelley for the award. In the nomination paperwork, the parent lauded Shelley’s achievements.

“(Amy) Shelley, in her young, brilliant career as an educator, has already achieved the kinds of milestones in her eight years of teaching that veterans would dream of,” the parent wrote. “She has been the beloved leader blazing the path for her colleagues to introduce and incorporate technology into teaching in ways that embrace the best of 21st century learning, vs. textbook delivery via a laptop.”

The parent praised Shelley for her influence in Almond’s Project Cornerstone program, whose mission is to “build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults.”

“I feel so honored and grateful to be selected as one of the 49ers Heroes in the Classroom,” Shelley said in an email to the Town Crier. “Teachers continually work hard to create the best learning environment for their students and many times that consists of spending numerous late nights lesson planning, grading papers, emailing, exploring and creating new ways to engage the students each day.  It feels great to know that I work in a community of students and parents who recognize and appreciate this hard work that all teachers do each day for their students.”

Shelley’s nomination form details how she underscores for students the importance of giving back to the community. She and her students participate in coastal cleanup projects, recycle, compost and write letters to the government.

“She participates with the children and gives them a sense of value and self-worth,” the nomination papers stated.

Shelley serves on the Los Altos School District’s Technology Committee and trained 24 other district teachers in “iLearn,” a program that emphasizes technology integration.

“Amelia Shelley embodies all that she espouses – she is what she inspires others to be – intelligent, a self-directed learner, compassionate, humble and a global citizen,” her nomination stated. “Students and adults alike believe in what she is and what she says, and are motivated to take her challenges to self-improve.”

The parent who nominated Shelley for the award said her son was in Shelley’s class, and the highlight of his year was participating in the coastal cleanup.

“He was most impressed with how Ms. Shelley arrived at 10 a.m. on a beautiful Saturday to be with her sixth-grade students and pick up the materials that otherwise float to our waters and contaminate our sources,” the parent wrote.

Shelley said she loves to teach and treasures the little things.

“It is the small moments each day when students leave your classroom smiling or being sure to say ‘Have a good day’  and ‘Thank you’ that make the late nights and hard work worth it,” she said.

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