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Suspected Los Altos ID thief served arrest warrant

Evelyn Hernandez

A San Jose woman suspected of stealing the identity of a Los Altos resident was found already behind bars, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista.

Bautista reported May 6 that Evelyn Hernandez, 44, was recently served...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Mtn. View, St. Francis boys fall in CCS semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Mountain View’s Keenan Zucker tries to beat a Menlo-Atherton player to the ball in the first round of the CCS playoffs.

The fifth-seeded Mountain View High boys soccer team ran into a wall in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals: Alvarez goalie Eddie Martinez.

“We had many opportunities, but their goalie had a fantastic game,” Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said. “He was clearly the difference in the game as we just couldn’t get one past him and we lost 1-0.”

Fourth-seeded Alvarez (19-2-0) scored off a corner kick in the final minute of the first half of Saturday’s game at Gunn.

Although “pretty much the entire second half was played in (Alvarez’s) defensive half of the field,” McGuirk said, Mountain View (16-3-3) couldn’t capitalize.

While the season ended sooner than the Spartans would have liked, their coach was proud of what they accomplished. Mountain View won the league title for the fifth consecutive year,

“I think we exceeded every goal I had set out for this team considering we only had three returning starters,” McGuirk said.

The Spartans opened the playoffs with a 4-1 home win over Menlo-Atherton Feb. 20. They led 2-0 at halftime on headers by Gabe Quintela and Jake Caccamo, with assists from Cameron Lesslie and Josue Aguilar, respectively.

Quintela also scored in the second half, this time with his foot, as did Chris Barnes.

The Bears didn’t breach the goal until the game’s closing minutes – on a penalty kick.

“Our defense of Travis Pinkner, Keenan Zucker, Logan Allen and Justin Ruweler kept M-A at bay all day,” McGuirk said.

Lancers lose on PKs

St. Francis, the third seed in Division I, fell to No. 6 Lincoln on penalty kicks Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Lincoln outshot the host Lancers 4-2 on PKs after the teams ended regulation and overtime tied at 1.

St. Francis finished the season with an 11-4-4 record.

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