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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 developme...

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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


ft, 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.

Tia Geri can’t wait to bring her new golden retriev...

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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 into L...

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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'


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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 ...

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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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Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Kavanah and Holy Days’ (CreateSpace, 2013)

By Stephen Astor

The novel “Kavanah and Holy Days” is a Jewish coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of 19th-century Eastern Europe, where Jews lived under the oppressive Romanov regime and prayed to God to send the Mosheeach to rescue them.

In the book, part two in “The Second Coming of Moses” series, Moshe asks why Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah in Tishri, the seventh month of the year, when God has commanded the Hebrew people to mark Nissan the first month of the year.

He wonders why his parents allow his sister to hang a mizrach on the south-facing wall of the family sukkah when tradition dictates that a mizrach must face east.

These and other questions confound young Moshe as he comes of age in the Jewish Pale of Settlement and tries to align his religion’s sometimes conflicting customs and traditions with God’s intention for the Hebrew people.

At the same time, his parents, Yocheved and Amram, try to understand God’s intention for their son, as they have arranged to adopt Moshe out to Tsar Alexander’s daughter and worry that living in a Christian home will cause him to lose his Jewish identity. What can a parent do to fortify a child to remain true to God?

A Boston transplant, Astor has lived in Los Altos for more than 40 years.

To purchase “Kavanah and Holy Days,” visit CreateSpace.com (No. 4178404) or Amazon.com.

‘Know Thine Enemy’ (CreateSpace, 2012)

By Judith Shoemaker-Hill

In the mystery “Know Thine Enemy,” Tawny Bradford is the highest-rated talk show host in California, but her faith and family give her life meaning. When both desert her, so does her hope. Her husband, Pastor Luke Bradford, leads the largest Protestant congregation in the state. Luke is one of the Four Fathers, spiritual shepherds aligned in the effort to stop President Sorrell Veasy from purging God from the schools, the public square and the U.S. Constitution.

When Luke disappears, along with Assistant District Attorney Brenda Richards and $50,000 of his church’s funds, Tawny relies on San Francisco police detectives Clive Brody and Will Harris to find them, as well as whoever is responsible for murdering young women of faith and leaving behind the message “No Allegiance, No Mercy.”

In a matter of days, the spiritual war escalates, and the people Tawny loves are exposed, exploited, jailed and martyred for their faith.

Shoemaker-Hill is a Los Altos resident.

To purchase “Know Thine Enemy,” visit Amazon.com.

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