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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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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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Local actress plays lead role in Albee play opening in San Francisco


Courtesy of Athea Lazara Photography
Los Altos Hills actress Taylor Brock rehearses her role as Stevie in the upcoming production of “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” with co-star Richard Aiello.

The music of a melancholy tune Taylor Brock heard as a child during a Broadway production of “Oliver!” captured her heart.

When the actors performed “Where Is Love?” the Los Altos Hills resident knew she was destined for a career onstage

Brock’s mother and father were thespians who met while auditioning for a play on Broadway but eventually pursued other occupations. After a childhood in Buffalo, N.Y., Brock followed suit, forging a practical professional path for a young women of the time – nursing.

“They didn’t encourage me at all,” Brock said of her parents’ response to her interest in acting.

Only after working as a nurse, marrying and starting a family did Brock rediscover her love of acting – an artistic medium that seemed to be “in her blood,” she said.

With the support of her husband and two children, Brock works full-time as an actress, spending much of her time in Los Angeles doing guest spots on TV shows and in San Francisco performing in the theatrical productions.

Stepping onstage

When Brock steps onstage at San Francisco’s Phoenix Theatre next month to play a wife dealing with the upheaval of unexpected revelations in her picture-perfect family in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,” she will add another intriguing character to the long list of credits she has accumulated over her 25-year career.

Unlike her guest spots on TV series such as “Criminal Minds” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Brock will have an opportunity to delve deeply into her character in “The Goat,” scheduled to run Aug. 9 through 24.

Brock said she doesn’t simply memorize a script – she strives to understand why a playwright wrote the words for her character and what the deeper meaning of those words might be.

Her process should prove particularly advantageous as she prepares for “The Goat.” Brock noted that theatergoers should anticipate a play that challenges social norms.

“Expect to go for a ride,” she said. “The play should end with (the audience) thinking about how they would handle the situation.”

Although Brock has never experienced a situation similar to her character Stevie’s – a mother who struggles with the consequences of familial relationships when it is revealed that her husband is cheating on her and her son is gay – she said she relates to her character by calling on life experiences that evoke similar feelings.

“What would you do in this situation?” she asked of a sequence of surprising events that befall her character in the Tony Award-winning play, which debuted on Broadway in 2002. “She is a mother who was so happy, and then everything crumbles.”

In addition to preparing for her role in “The Goat,” Brock wears a second hat as co-producer of the play with co-star Richard Aiello.

As she balances her schedule among rehearsals, classes and auditions, Brock said she makes sure to spend quality time with her family.

Motivated by how much she learns about herself through each acting experience, Brock said she has no plans to step away from show business.

“It’s a passion,” she said. “There are going to be hard times and rejection, but if you love it … that’s what motivates you.”

For more information on Brock, visit taylor-brock.com.

To purchase tickets for the Member Production Code’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St. in San Francisco, call (800) 838-3006 or visit thegoat.brownpapertickets.com.

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