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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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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 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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MVHS honors retiring music director


Photo By: Courtesy of Mary Feliz
Photo Courtesy Of Mary Feliz

After 35 years as Mountain View High’s music director, Robin Kramer will retire this month. Current and former students and colleagues have scheduled a number of events in her honor.

Robin Kramer, Mountain View High School’s first female music director, plans to retire May 31 after more than three decades on the job. Alumni, current students, colleagues and co-workers have scheduled a series of events to honor her contributions to music, education and the community.

Kramer, who began her career at Mountain View High in 1978, founded the marching band, established the orchestral music program and built a department that today comprises 11 instrumental music classes.

The following three events are slated to mark Kramer’s retirement.

• Jazz Festival in the Quad, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. Community and alumni musicians from Awalt and Mountain View high schools are invited to attend and play at 3 p.m. alongside current students under Kramer’s direction.

• Spring Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m. May 23 at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Awalt and Mountain View High alumni are invited to join current students in Mountain View High’s music department at the conclusion of the concert for an encore in Kramer’s honor. Admission is free. For more information, email Elaine Bernard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Open House, 2-5 p.m. June 29 at the home of Janet and Bob Trabucco, 1300 Ranchita Drive, Los Altos. Alumni, colleagues and students are invited to celebrate Kramer’s retirement.

Many current and former students credit Kramer with inspiring them not only musically, but also in their personal and professional lives.

“Without music and Robin Kramer, I would have very likely dropped out of high school,” said Michael Feliz, Class of 2011, now a student at University of the Pacific double majoring in computer science and computer engineering. “Robin treats all her students like the adults and leaders she believes we will become. She gave us responsibilities and trust that taught us to be responsible and trustworthy.”

Twin brothers Dave and James Codeglia, Class of 1999, agreed. Now working at Bad Robot Productions and their own production company, Ghostlight, the filmmakers said the skills they learned from Kramer are essential to their work.

“Combining music and visuals requires an understanding of rhythm, phrasing and theory, all of which we learned at Mountain View High School with Robin,” they said. “But Robin’s real strength isn’t just teaching, it’s in the warm and loving atmosphere she creates in her classroom. She truly changed our lives, and we wouldn’t be surprised if she saved the lives of more than a few students over the years.”

Eleanor Gerrior, a sophomore at Mountain View High, plays three instruments in three different bands and credits her interest in music to a preschool field trip to Kramer’s classroom in 2001, when she was allowed to conduct the high school’s Wind Ensemble.

“Robin always makes me feel good about myself and about music,” Gerrior said.

Kramer’s admirers extend beyond her students. She frequently receives kudos from parents, neighbors, colleagues and the community at large. In March, the Wind Ensemble received Command Performance recognition at the Pacific Rim Music Festival and performed at the historical Hawaii Theater in Honolulu. Two other Mountain View High music ensembles, the Chamber Orchestra led by Jason Kneebone and the A Cappella Choir led by Jill Denny, received similar recognition.

The Disney American Teacher Award for Performing Arts in 1992 is among the many professional awards Kramer has earned during her tenure.

For more information, email Mary Feliz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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