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West Nile fogging commences today

West Nile fogging commences today


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Determined CSMA fundraiser dedicated to school’s success


Photo By: Courtesy of CSMA
Photo Courtesy Of Csma

Colette Rodgers, Community School of Music and Arts development director, raises funds for the program.

Colette Rodgers has proven repeatedly that hard work, determination and passion can realize hard-to-reach goals. The Champaign, Ill., native raised her two younger brothers on her own, but that challenge did not deter her from acceptance into Harvard and Stanford universities, where she majored in civil engineering.

Rodgers’ new challenge is raising money for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. The nonprofit organization’s development director since September, Rodgers keeps busy retaining the support of the school’s current donors while soliciting contributions from new ones.

“Any given day, we have two or three grants due,” she said. “There’s a lot of meetings, research and strategizing.”

Founded in 1968, the school offers a wide range of arts education, reaching more than 40,000 people of all ages annually. The school offers lessons, classes, camps and workshops in music, visual and new media arts, as well as free concerts, exhibitions and special cultural events. School officials claim that CSMA is the region’s largest school of its kind.

Fundraising for CSMA is a demanding job, but Rodgers sees her role as contributing to the cause of a strong arts school and its excellent staff.

“I was surprised at the (efforts of) the staff and what they bring to the table,” she said. “People always produce well and give their all. When I feel passion from the staff, it’s easier to do the job.”

Rodgers’ history makes clear her desire to help others and her refusal to back down from challenges. She volunteered and worked at the National Urban League. She started an afterschool program that taught youth skills and helped them find work in the construction industry. When the federal government pulled funding for the program, Rodgers raised the money herself to keep it afloat.

As for goals in her current position, Rodgers said she would like to see more CSMA outreach to schools in low-income areas.

“Kids are not getting access (to the arts),” she said.

For more information, visit www.arts4all.org.

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