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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Surprise – you’re on camera: Local florist posts online video of shoplifter


Photo By: Courtesy of YouTube
Photo Courtesy Of Youtube

Los Altos Florist Brian Davino captured this image of a shoplifter in the act.

Throughout his 20-plus years as a downtown merchant, florist Brian Davino has seen his share of shenanigans – including shoplifting – in his store at 149 Main St. After all, he said, it’s part of the territory when you own a small business.

So when his security camera captured a blond woman sneaking a few items into her oversized handbag during the late-morning hours of Feb. 2, he took action – Davino posted video of the crime on YouTube.

He took the additional step of placing leaflets on his storefront window featuring screenshots of the shoplifter in action – and directing shoppers to the YouTube video.

The merchant told the Town Crier that on the scale of petty crimes he’s seen as owner of Brian Davino Florist, this one is fairly brazen.

“I’d say she was pretty bold,” said Davino, who noted that the shoplifter stole Valentine’s Day figurines and a salt-and-pepper-shaker set totaling $150. “At this point, nothing really surprises me. It irritates me, but it doesn’t surprise me.”

Davino said he filed a report with the Los Altos Police Department, which classified the incident as a petty theft. According to police detective Abe Velasco, thefts of items totaling less than $950 are classified as petty thefts; anything over that amount is considered grand theft. Velasco added that he couldn’t comment on the case, which remains under investigation.

Davino, meanwhile, said that even if the shoplifter isn’t apprehended, he finds some solace in exacting a little payback by posting her image online and in his store.

“We may not catch her,” Davino said with a chuckle, “but I’m pretty sure she won’t come back here.”

To view the video, visit www.youtube.com and type “Brian Davino Florist” in the search field.

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