Two juveniles arrested in connection with 12 downtown burglaries

The Los Altos Police Department today announced it has apprehended two suspects in the recent string of downtown Los Altos commercial burglaries.

Authorities are withholding the identities of the juvenile suspects, ages 15 and 17, from Santa Clara a...

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St. Francis students explore world on virtual-reality trips

To introduce the concept of ecosystems, St. Francis High School biology teacher Roberta Chisam “whisked” her classes away to the coast of Tanzania, where she instructed students to scrutinize the wildlife and vegetation they see there.


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Foothill veterans program supports students' college, career goals

Foothill veterans program supports students' college, career goals

Foothill College Veterans Resource Center student Daniel Muse, above, attends classes with his service dog, Princess.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center seeks to help veterans achieve their educational and career goal...

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St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Isabella Mandema looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS final against Sacred Heart Prep. She scored two goals.

The St. Francis High boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the Central ...

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Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last ...

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Staying organized can help for disaster preparation

Staying organized can help for disaster preparation

Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Storing nonperishable essentials on a shelf in the garage can help in case of an emergency.

As a professional organizer, I look inside dozens of homes every week, and it always shocks me when I don’t find an emergenc...

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Downtown merchants stock up for holiday season shopping

Downtown merchants stock up for holiday season shopping

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Ellen Biolsi, left, owns State Street’s Cranberry Scoop, which now features seasonal gifts and twinkling trees with ornaments. Biolsi said events like Small Business Saturday provide opportunities for local residen...

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Jessica Laurie and  Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Hunter Martinez

Jessica Laurie and Hunter Martinez were married June 6 in Longmont, Colo. They held their reception at the YA YA Farm & Orchard.

The bride is the daughter of Drs. Joe and Debra Vallner of Los Altos Hills. ...

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Erin go bragh: Nonstop flights available from SFO to the Emerald Isle

The Ha’penny Bridge, which spans the River Liffey, is among Dublin’s most popular landmarks.

You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to visit to Ireland.

Aer Lingus, the premier Irish airline, flie...

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Stepping Out

Musical 'Man'

Musical 'Man'

Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Daniel P. Wilson portrays Don Quixote in the Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha” opened last week and is slated to run ...

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Spiritual Life

New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight

New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight

In the years since the Valley of the Heart’s Delight evolved from orchards and vineyards to computer chips and code, a plethora of articles, films and books have documented the phenomenal transition. Los Altos resident Skip Vaccarello joined th...

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Dayworker book chronicles 'Voices of the Undocumented'

Dayworker book chronicles 'Voices of the Undocumented'

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Val Rosenfeld teaches English as a Second Language at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Rosenfeld co-authored a book that shares some of her students’ stories.

Many of the men and women who se...

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Local poet pays tribute to community librarians

What to name a new column that will feature rhyming verse? Well, you see what I’ve come up with. Your suggestions would be most welcome, as would any other comments on a column dedicated to poetry that rhymes (most of the time) and consists of verses about the world around us. Welcome, and enjoy (I do hope!).

Buckle your seat belts. The rhyming is about to start. But first, the background on my first column’s poem.

Local libraries ain’t what they used to be. Neither are librarians. Few other professionals have changed so much with the times, yet done so as quietly (as befits a library, after all). This tribute to the Los Altos community librarian, recited at the end of the last century, applies as well to her counterparts everywhere and is still true today. Following are excerpts from my original poem.


Our early years were by the book

We crawled with Dick and Jane

We walked with Halliburton

And we ran with Charlemagne

We lived with Captain Marvel

Comic heroes filled the house

Today, the world is different

Lucky kids own Mighty Mouse

In the Information Age

Kids with Jack stand beanstalk tall

Hopeful families surf the Web

Hapless families walk the mall

Enter: the Librarian

Equalizer in the ’hood

She who has a way with words

Stands now where the Fates once


Say you need a current source

To finish up your homework

Or want an arcane meaning


For a lifetime’s tome-work

Yet you lack the wherewithal

To find websites that intrigue

Just set foot in her domain –

Every boot is Seven League

Yesteryear’s librarian

Tidy and methodical

Had a place for everything

(Book or periodical)

Anchoring her reference desk

The encyclopedia

Could she guess her treasured


Would go multimedia?

Pity our librarian

Her good old days, off they flew

Facing our librarian

Tasks no Hercules could do

What’s it take to just keep up?

Attributes of Superman?

So the fateful question comes

Who is our librarian?

(Or ask, a la Steven King,

What is our librarian?)

She must have the strength of ten

So is she more than human?

Who’s beneath that chic disguise?

Perhaps she’s Wonder Woman

(With all that Web acumen

She could be Spider Woman!)

She doesn’t need her “powers”

To hear a distant drumming

Doesn’t need two X-ray eyes

To see tomorrow coming

There upon the Internet

Far out where the future calls

Reading rooms that have no books

Libraries that have no walls

Brave new dreams has she to lend

Borrow from her, as you should

Honor your librarian

Our Info Age Robin Hood

Bob Simon is a Los Altos resident. For more information or to comment, call him at 948-9054 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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