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MV council adopts rent dispute ordinance, despite reservations

Despite criticism that it lacked teeth, the Mountain View City Council approved last week a second reading and adoption of a controversial program aimed at resolving rental-housing disputes between tenants and landlords.

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alwa...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Local audiologist debuts 3-D hearing aid


Photo By: Courtesy of Pacific Hearing Service
Photo Courtesy Of Pacific Hearing Service

Pacific Hearing Service audiologists will unveil the Oticon Alta advanced hearing aid March 5 and 6.

Pacific Hearing Service has introduced a new discreet hearing device that can deliver personalized sound experiences. The Los Altos-based business is scheduled to unveil the new Oticon Alta and other advanced hearing aids March 5 and 6 at its offices at 496 First St., Suite 120.

“Most people assume that when it comes to sound quality, people with hearing difficulties prefer louder,” said Dr. Deborah Clark, co-owner and clinical audiologist at Pacific Hearing Service. “In fact, those with hearing loss, like most people, have a wide range of preferences for what sounds best to them.”

According to Clark, the way people experience sound is as individual as a fingerprint.

“We all have our own hearing preferences,” she said. “It has to do with how the individual brain ‘hears.’ This uniqueness is especially important to anyone coping with hearing loss. The traditional one-sound-fits-all designs are not very satisfying. Now there are many better options.”

The Oticon Alta is vastly different from previous hearing aids that assumed the same setting would satisfy everyone, Clark said. The new hearing device works in harmony with the user’s brain so that users can differentiate sounds and hear more clearly, even when they move from one difficult listening situation to another.

The improved technology enables Oticon Alta users to join in conversations more easily – even in noisy environments, like restaurants, when a number of people are talking at the same time combined with the background of the clatter of dishes and other conversations. Because Alta users hear in 3-D, they have an improved capability to follow conversations coming from different directions. The device adjusts automatically as its user turns from one conversation to another.

“We use sound samples and questions about personal preferences to help our patients choose the sound quality that is most clear and pleasant to them,” Clark said. “This allows us to customize the hearing aid settings for each individual.”

Invitations to the event are available to all interested parties.

For invitations and more information, call 941-0664 or visit www.PacificHearingService.com.

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