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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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MICHAEL ANTHONY ODELLO


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June 4, 1920 to April 3, 2013

Los Altos resident Michael Anthony Odello, 92, passed away April 3, 2013 at El Camino Hospital after suffering a stroke at home.

Michael was born in San Francisco, and shortly after moved with his parents, Anna and Antonio,and his older siblings, Antoinette, Rose, and Frances to Bagnasco, Italy. There he spent his childhood on the family farm, where his younger siblings, Giovanni, Anna, Nancy, and Fiorino were born.

Michael returned to the U.S at the age of 18 and worked at a nursery raising orchids in San Francisco. He entered the army in 1942 and fought in Germany during WWII as a sergeant with the 310th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement in 1945 when he, with three other men, captured 32 enemy soldiers in Angelberg, Germany.

Michael met Emma Mercurio at a picnic in San Francisco, and they married in 1951 and had three daughters, Marilyn, Linda, and Annette. They were stationed in Spokane, Berlin, and later at the Presidio in San Francisco where he served as a Master Sergeant and chief food inspector.

After retiring from the army in 1966, Michael pursued his dream of owning and managing real estate. He obtained his real estate license, attended San Jose State University, and worked as a real estate agent and broker in the Santa Clara area.

Michael was a jack-of-all-trades and physically active throughout his life, making home repairs even in his 90’s. And he insisted on climbing ladders, despite protests by his daughters, often enlisting the aid of his wife of 62 years as an accomplice.

He was the rock of the family. His humor, warmth and wisdom will be sorely missed by his wife, daughters and their spouses, his siblings, grandchildren, family members, friends and business associates.

Services were held on April 20th. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to a charity of your choice.

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