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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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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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