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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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Chancellor emphasizes relevance of UC system


Photo By: Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn Tomaino/ Special To The Town Crier George Blumenthal speaks to the Los Altos Morning Forum audience Jan. 8.

George Blumenthal, Ph.D., chancellor of UC Santa Cruz, assured a Morning Forum audience Jan. 8 that despite huge cuts in state contributions, the University of California system remains relevant to the state, the nation and the world.

In his presentation – “How Relevant is the University of California to the State?” – Blumenthal used three anecdotes to illustrate why the university system is so essential to the future.

The story of how Kathy Sullivan discovered her passion for science illustrates the impact of UC Santa Cruz’s teaching. Initially a linguistics major, Sullivan put off her science classes as long as possible. But when she took her first science class, she was so excited about the material that she changed her major to earth sciences. She went on to earn a doctorate in geology and was the first woman to walk in space. Sullivan now works for the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction.

To exemplify the importance of the research conducted by UC faculty and students, Blumenthal described UC Santa Cruz’s role in completing the Human Genome project. Research of the cancer genome hub allows physicians to offer personalized – and therefore more effective – treatment to their cancer patients.

The study of mountain lions in UC Santa Cruz’s Puma Project demonstrates how the UC system helps establish policy informed by science. Ecologist Chris Wilmers and members of his team use tracking collars to explore puma behavior and movement. Their findings explain why mountain lions are showing up in populated areas and could help minimize future conflict between humans and pumas.

In addressing the increased cost for students to attend a UC campus, Blumenthal lamented that state funding for UC students has dropped by 60 percent since 1990. Fifty years ago, UC students paid no tuition; now they pay more than $13,000 per year in tuition and fees.

The chancellor said he wishes that taxpayers and government policymakers throughout the country understood that supporting public universities is a great investment.

“Our public universities educate 70 percent of the nation’s college graduates,” he said. “Moreover, college graduates earn on average over $1 million more over a lifetime than those without college degrees.”

 

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets twice monthly at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. For more information and membership details, visit www.morningforum.com.

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