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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

Sale offers opportunity to 'discover' jewels, fight cancer

Sale offers opportunity to 'discover' jewels, fight cancer

Volunteers and staff at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop in downtown Los Altos urge shoppers to "Be A Gem, Buy A Jewel" during the shop's special sale this Friday (April 17) and Saturday (April 18).

The sale is an opportunity to find Mot...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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Police Blotter

Resident reports phone scam to police

A Los Altos resident contacted police March 15 after nearly becoming the victim of a phone scam in which the perpetrators fraudulently posed as law enforcement officers.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, the female resident received a phone call at approximately 9:30 a.m. from someone posing as an FBI agent. The impostor informed the resident that the FBI recently recovered $600,000 in stolen Publishers Clearing House winnings earmarked for her.

Shearer said the resident grew suspicious after the suspect asked her to wire $1,800 to Mexico City to cover miscellaneous fees to receive the $600,000. The suspect then offered to have a local law enforcement official contact her to confirm the matter, Shearer added.

Approximately one hour later, the victim received that second phone call, with a suspect identifying himself as a Los Altos Police officer – using an actual officer’s name as his own during the conversation.

Shearer added that the suspect allegedly phoned from a valid Los Altos Police unit’s phone. The victim’s caller ID listed the number as the Los Altos Police’s parking enforcement unit – 947-2777. Still suspicious, the resident contacted Los Altos Police to report the incident.

Woman arrested downtown

Shearer said the matter is under investigation. for petty theft Police arrested a 26-year-old woman in downtown Los Altos last week after she stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other items from a patron’s purse at Le Boulanger. According to Los Altos Police, the victim was driving home after a March 12 visit to the downtown bakery and café, located at 301 Main St., when she realized she had left her purse there. Upon returning to Le Boulanger, she asked a patron, seated near her initial visit if the patron had seen the purse. The patron went to the bakery’s restroom, returned with the purse and handed it back to the victim. The victim confronted the patron after she discovered cash and membership cards missing from her wallet. The female patron subsequently confessed to the crime and was placed under citizen’s arrest until police arrived at the scene shortly before 11 a.m. The suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on one charge of petty theft.

Auto burglaries

March 12, 7:59 a.m., 2200 block of Homestead Court: An unknown suspect stole several personal items from two cars in the unsecured parking lot of an apartment complex. One car was unlocked at the time of the incident, while the second vehicle had one of its windows smashed to force entry.

Misdemeanor warrant arrest

March 13, 8:13 a.m., 600 block of Fremont Avenue: Police arrested a 30-year-old male motorist for an outstanding DUI warrant during a traffic stop. The motorist was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

DUI arrest

March 14, 2:34 a.m., Dolores and Fremont avenues: Police arrested a female motorist for driving under the influence after patrolling officers pulled her over for a moving violation. Police cited and released the motorist, in her early 20s, from the Los Altos Police station.

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