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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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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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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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