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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.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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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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PetReady! program advises animal owners

The Pet Ready! Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness for Animal Lovers Program is scheduled Saturday at Foothill College. The program teaches pet owners emergency preparedness for animals.

In addition to campus tours, the event will include a bandaging demonstration conducted by veterinary professionals and emergency experts and a canine search-and-rescue operation demonstrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Adobe Animal Hospital practice manager Summer Holmstrand encouraged families to attend the event.

“It’s great for all ages,” she said. “It gives (kids and other participants) something they can control when the circumstances may be scary.”

Holmstrand advises pet owners to keep at least four days’ supplies stockpiled in an accessible home location for emergencies,

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, local veterinarian technicians including Carol Schumacher, owner of Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, successfully lobbied the state of California to require animal rescue as part of all state disaster planning.

“Animals are part of our families, and people will put their lives at risk to rescue their animals,” Schumacher said.

Schumacher teaches preparedness to registered veterinarian technicians and is dedicated to securing an animal shelter location for residents in the northern areas of Santa Clara County. She noted that studies show that many New Orleans residents stayed behind as the hurricane approached because they didn’t want to abandon their pets as they retreated to shelters and evacuation locations that didn’t allow animals.

Schumacher plans to participate in this weekend’s Pet Ready! program to help pet owners take the first steps toward being prepared.

“We really have to consider what we’re going to do when the big one hits,” she said.

The Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America hosts the event with the support of Adobe Animal Hospital, Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District.

The Pet Ready! program is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterinary Technology Lab, Building 8500-8700, Room 8507, at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Admission is free, as is parking for the first 50 people who reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

To register or for more information, visit midpen.com/petready.

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