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News

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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A shift in leadership at Passerelle: Mtn. View native Smith named downtown firm’s new director


Photo By: Photo Town Crier File Photo
Photo Photo Town Crier File Photo

Passerelle co-founders, from left, Amanda Tevis and Taylor Robinson have transitioned into advisory roles at the company.

Los Altos-based Passerelle Investment Co. plans a change in direction this year, and with it a shift in leadership roles.

With Passerelle’s focus moving from acquisition and repurposing downtown buildings to more urban planning and community outreach, company co-founders Amanda Tevis and Taylor Robinson are moving into advisory roles. They’ve named Brooke Ray Smith as Passerelle’s new director responsible for ongoing day-to-day activities.

“Passerelle’s upcoming projects this year promise more of the real estate investment company’s signature creative, family-friendly and community-building approach,” Smith told the Town Crier.

In addition to leasing remaining vacancies and sprucing up its property at 242 State St., Passerelle is participating in a number of upcoming downtown events, Smith said. These include partnering with the city of Los Altos and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a four-month exhibition starting in November and rolling out the green again for summer events with the city and the Los Altos Village Association.

“I could not be more delighted that Passerelle is in the capable hands of Brooke Ray, who has been integral to the creative community vision and events that we have worked on over the past three years,” Tevis said. “Taylor and I are here to support her in any way she needs but will also be taking on other projects to continue to pursue our passion for civic renewal and revitalization work in the Bay Area and beyond, and we look forward to launching Brooke Ray in her new and exciting role.”

Smith, who grew up in Mountain View, is jumping into her new role head first: She recently joined the Los Altos Village Association board, enrolled in the Los Altos Community Foundation’s LEAD class and is helping with the Neutra House’s summer design camp planning as well as an upcoming Los Altos History Museum exhibition.

“I am very excited about my new role as director of Passerelle,” Smith said, “and I am dedicated to working collaboratively with the community and city toward the important goal of preserving and enhancing the vitality and charm of downtown Los Altos.”

Since its arrival in 2009, Passerelle has become a major downtown Los Altos property owner, acquiring approximately 80,000 square feet of retail and office space – most of it along State and First streets. The company remodeled and improved properties to attract businesses catering to youth and young families, including a skateboard shop on State Street, an arcade on First Street, a new location for Linden Tree Books and the opening of Bumble cafe, which includes a playroom for children.

Passerelle officials said they approach real estate development from a socioeconomic perspective.

“Our investment analysis weighs financial return as well as social and environmental benefit,” the company’s website states.

Passerelle offices are headquartered at 108 First St. in downtown Los Altos.

For more information, visit www.passerelleinvestments.com.

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