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West Nile fogging commences today

West Nile fogging commences today


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Challenge Team honors former Los Altos Mayor Lave, LAHS student as ‘Champions’


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Members of the Challenge Team of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills selected Roy Lave as Youth Champion of the Year and Los Altos High School student Ricky Juarez as Student Champion. The Challenge Team is scheduled to honor Lave and Juarez at its annual fundraising breakfast May 8.

The Challenge Team is a nonprofit partnership comprising students, parents, school districts, police departments, community organizations and health-care and faith-based groups that collaborate to bring positive influences into the lives of youth and guide them away from alcohol, tobacco, drugs and gang activity.

Lave, a longtime resident of Los Altos, has founded and/or fostered numerous programs for youth as the volunteer founding chairman and CEO of the Los Altos Community Foundation, including Youth Philanthropy, Family Philanthropy and MVLA Community Scholars. Past programs that operated under the umbrella of the foundation include Partners for New Generations, Los Altos Alliance for Youth and CHASE.

Lave previously served as Los Altos mayor and city councilmember. He currently sits on the board of directors of Bus Barn Stage Company and has served on the boards of the Moscow-Santa Clara County Sister County Program, Los Altos Sister Cities, the Rotary AIDS Project and the Rotary Club of Los Altos, where he also served as president.

Juarez, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, plays on the varsity soccer team. Sgt. Mike Ecdao of the Mountain View Police Department said he met Juarez through Dreams & Futures, the department’s gang prevention program for fourth- through seventh-graders.

Ecdao said he immediately recognized Juarez as a natural leader who has helped many at-risk youth in his neighborhood.

Galen Rosenberg, assistant principal at Los Altos High, said Juarez brings a positive attitude and energetic spirit to class. The teen works well with others and gives his best effort, Rosenberg added, whether engaging in a group project or sharing his ideas in a discussion.

Juarez has participated in Leaders in Training, a city of Mountain View Parks and Recreation program; serves on the city’s Youth Advisory Committee; and was a member of a subcommittee offering advice on the new teen center.

As a volunteer, Juarez has donated time to a coat drive for the homeless, Cops That Care, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club’s Christmas tree lot, the Rotary Club of Mountain View’s crab feed and Kidz ’n Cops.

The Champions for Youth breakfast is scheduled 7 a.m. May 8 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Scott Tolzien, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, will serve as keynote speaker.

Tickets are $55.

For tickets and more information, visit event.pingg.com/ChallengeTeamChamp.

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