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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

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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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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Gala raises $266,000 for South Asian Heart Center


Photo By: Courtesy of MP Singh Photography
Photo Courtesy Of Mp Singh Photography

Los Altos residents, from left, Priya Dharan, Ashish Mathur, Poornima Kumar and Nimish Mehta attend El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center’s “Scarlet Night” fundraiser.

El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center raised $266,000 at its sixth annual “Scarlet Night” fundraiser, held March 9 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The funds will support the center’s programs and services to reduce the risk of heart disease among South Asians, who are more than four times at risk of getting heart disease than the general population.

The center has screened more than 4,000 participants, case-managed 1,600 high-risk individuals for more than a year, created a Bay Area network of more than 300 referring physicians and trained 800 physicians on methods for early diagnosis, comprehensive evaluation and lifestyle changes.

“We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support from the community to help us raise valuable awareness and funds to support the center’s ongoing work,” said Ashish Mathur, executive director of the center. “We are here to provide education and resources to address one of the greatest health crises facing our community today, and hopefully serve as a model of comprehensive, culturally appropriate care for other communities across the country and the world.”

Personal perspectives

The gala featured master of ceremonies Raj Mathai of NBC Bay Area, a performance by the Mona Khan Dance Company and personal testimonies from those affected by heart disease.

Columbia Business School professor and keynote speaker Dr. Sheena Iyengar shared her story.

“I waited 30 years to tell this story,” Iyengar said to the standing-room-only audience at the primary fundraising event for the South Asian Heart Center.

Iyengar recalled the day her father collapsed and died after suffering three consecutive heart attacks. She was 13 – and he was just 43.

Iyengar’s emotional story included everyday details: a morning confrontation between the teenage girl and her father over her academic and after-school activities and seemingly coincidental choices that led to delays before he reached the emergency department.

She revealed additional details that led to her father’s untimely death, including an earlier mix-up with a doctor’s appointment that prevented an early diagnosis of a blood clot that led to the heart attacks. She said dozens of small choices that day and in the months and years before led to that fateful event.

“Did he die by accident?” she questioned. “Was it fate, chance or choice? Which one is more right or true? He knew from his early 30s that he had high blood pressure and cholesterol.”

Iyengar allowed that more exercise and a better diet could have changed things.

“My father made some pretty bad choices – small choices – and I wondered if he might have lived had these choices been different,” she said.

Iyengar’s story struck a chord with organizers and attendees alike.

“As a South Asian, I don’t think you could listen to that speech and not apply it to your own life and experiences,” said Nimish Mehta, co-chairman of the gala. “As South Asians, we sometimes cling to the belief that our fates are predetermined, and we personally have little control. But every day we make choices. Once we accept that, as Dr. Iyengar said, we never go back, we only go forward, and at the very least we can avoid making the same mistakes we made yesterday.”

El Camino Hospital CEO Tomi Ryba capped off the evening by challenging women in the audience to take care of themselves.

“You put the health of others first,” she said. “I challenge you to make the phone call to the South Asian Heart Center now. The leading cause of death for women is heart disease.”

Funds raised are spent on prevention (63.3 percent), outreach (11.2 percent), research (8.3 percent) and education (7.3 percent). Less than 10 percent of the center’s total revenue is spent on general, administrative and fundraising expenses.

For more information, visit www.southasianheartcenter.org.

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