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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Community builders: MV cohousing project emphasizes socializing


Photo By: Rendering COURTESY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW COHOUSING COMMUNITY
Photo Rendering Courtesy Of Mountain View Cohousing Community

A rendering of the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s plans for a 19-unit condominium complex, above, highlights the addition of fruit and shade trees.

Construction is under way on the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s 19-unit condominium project at 445 Calderon Ave.

Few of the project’s future residents are more excited about it than Susan Burwen, founding member of the cohousing group.

“At long last, our dream of cohousing is becoming a reality,” she said at last month’s groundbreaking.

The Cohousing Community’s construction partner, Barry Swenson Builder, estimated that construction would take 15 months, with residents moving in as early as summer 2014.

The complex is the first cohousing community built from the ground up in Silicon Valley.

Burwen and her husband, David, are longtime Mountain View residents who initiated the idea. The cohousing concept, introduced in the 1980s, affords members the privacy of their own homes as well as the benefits of shared resources and neighbors with diverse interests. The project design features open space and trees.

“There’s underground parking so that we could have as much open space as possible,” she said.

The Burwens were inspired to promote the cohousing effort because Susan had experienced a similar living situation earlier in life and loved it. Cohousing offers an opportunity for older residents to live among friends instead of facing social isolation, she added.

“In cohousing, you have an emphasis on community,” she said. “It’s designed so that you’re likely to run into your neighbors when you go to get your mail.”

Among the common areas is a 6,000- square-foot community center, which includes fitness and media rooms.

According to Kent Gerber, senior project manager at Barry Swenson Builder, the new community is a first for the area.

“It’s an incredibly unique project, and (we are) honored to be part of something so meaningful to the city of Mountain View and the Peninsula,” he said.

Members of the Mountain View Cohousing Community purchased the land four years ago and engaged cohousing architect Chuck Durrett to design the project. The property will feature an organic garden, a number of new fruit and shade trees and an underground garage.

The city of Mountain View unanimously approved the project in 2011, and the Greenbelt Alliance endorsed its environmentally sustainable amenities.

Among its green advantages is its location. The close proximity to downtown and the Stevens Creek Trail should encourage residents to walk.

The historical Bakotich farmhouse previously located on the property, one of the oldest surviving structures in Mountain View, is set for restoration and will be retained on the site. The small house, built by Charles and Emma Abbott circa 1885, will become the project’s “front door” when relocated to a prominent position near the street.

Although the Burwens jumpstarted the project, several other prospective residents joined in the effort. Burwen said residents collaborated with the architect to design the layout.

“It was very much a group effort,” she said. “We already feel like a community.”

For more information, visit www.mountainviewcohousing.org.

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