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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


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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


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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'


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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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Rosenberg takes coaching job at Linfield College


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After 11 years as men’s basketball coach at Foothill College, Shanan Rosenberg is leaving for Linfield. That’s Linfield College, a private liberal arts school in McMinnville, Ore., with approximately 1,900 students.

“It’s one of the few places I’d consider leaving Foothill for,” said Rosenberg, hired April 19 to succeed longtime coach Larry Doty at the NCAA Division III college. “It has beautiful facilities and amenities. Almost 40 percent of the students are athletes, and they value athletics and a quality education, and there’s a lot of alumni support.”

Rosenberg added that he was already familiar with Linfield – he spent three years as an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark College in nearby Portland before coming to Foothill – and that McMinnville (population of 32,187 in the last census) is an ideal place for him and his family to live.

“It’s a great move for me professionally and for my family,” said the teacher and coach, who is married with three young children. “It’s a terrific fit.”

But if the move doesn’t work out, Rosenberg has the option to return to Foothill for the 2014-15 school year. He requested and received a one-year leave of absence from Foothill, according to athletic director Susan Gutkind.

Rosenberg downplayed the option, however. He made it clear that he intends to coach at Linfield for the long haul, calling it “a dream job.”

Rosenberg was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants, according to a Linfield press release, and will oversee the varsity and junior-varsity teams, as well as teach health and kinesiology classes.

“I believe Shanan is a great fit for Linfield,” athletic director Scott Carnahan said. “He has all the attributes we were looking for and has achieved great success in every coaching opportunity he has had.”

Foothill compiled a 186-131 record under Rosenberg, who guided the Owls to the playoffs eight times. His most recent team went 22-5 in the regular season – the best mark in program history – and ranked as high as third in the state.

While the wins were nice, Rosenberg is most proud of how many of his players transferred to four-year schools – all but one, who entered the military, he said – and the bonds they formed.

“The feeling in the locker room at the end of every season is impactful and lasting,” he said. “There’s growth, love and brotherhood.”

Although Rosenberg is excited about starting his new job – he teaches classes at the Los Altos Hills community college through June – the St. Francis High graduate said he will look back fondly on his days at Foothill.

“I’ll miss a lot of things,” he said, “but what I’ll miss most are the relationships, especially with the players.”

Gutkind acknowledged that Rosenberg will be missed as well.

“Shanan’s leadership has provided Foothill with a men’s basketball program that does an outstanding job of preparing young men for whatever their futures might bring,” she said. “He emphasizes academic commitment and personal responsibility and the team regularly does a great job in the classroom. He’s been an excellent teacher of the game as well, so his teams have regularly achieved strong results because of his efforts.”

Gutkind – who added that the Linfield position “is a great opportunity” for Rosenberg and wished him success – must now find his successor. Whoever takes the job will have the title of “acting coach,” according to Gutkind, since Rosenberg has not resigned.

“We are evaluating our options for the coming season and hope to have a decision soon,” she said.

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