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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...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


Palmer

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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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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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

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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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

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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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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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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