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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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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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