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LASD teachers "draw line in sand" as trustees reopen contract negotiations

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Members of Los Altos Teachers Association attend the Sept. 28 Los Altos School District meeting, at which trustees voted to reopen contract negotiations.

Teachers attended last week’s Los Altos School District Board of Tr...

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BCS shares best practices with other schools

BCS shares best practices with other schools

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Administrators from Santa Clara County schools interact with Bullis Charter School students as part of the yearlong educator development program charter school officials initiated this year.

Bullis Charter School has bee...

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LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

Courtesy of Vinita Sud Belani
Los Altos resident Vinita Sud Belani, right, stars alongside actor Puneet in the new EnActe Arts production of “Chaos Theory” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

There are a few conversation topics Vinita Sud Belani broac...

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Spartans stymie Vikings

Spartans stymie Vikings

Megan V, Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High defensive lineman Christopher Suarez picks up a fumble in Friday night’s game against Lynbrook.

Coach Shelley Smith would like to see his Mountain View High football team break the habit of playin...

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Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how do...

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Better biscuits with bitters

Better biscuits with bitters

courtesy of Rita Held
Whether they’re dropped or rolled, homemade biscuits welcome fall with a savory/sweet blast of warmth from the oven.

Hardly anything is more satisfying than homemade biscuits warm out of the oven – except perhaps those made...

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Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Husband-wife duo Raefer Gabriel and Felice Miller Gabriel co-founded Delvv Inc., a mobile app development company that recently relocated to a colorful office space in downtown Los Altos.

Love it or hate it, most choose to k...

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Family man, NASA Research Scientist, Sunday School Teacher, fisherman, traveler, and long-time resident of Los Altos, Vernon John Rossow peacefully passed away in his home on Monday, September 21, 2015.

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Lost & found: Travel often relies on the kindness of strangers

Some people will only buy a house if it’s brand new or custom built with no former occupants. Whenever you stay at a hotel, however, you’re usually moving in right after someone else has moved out.

Despite housekeeping efforts to sanitize the room, ...

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Stepping Out

'Proof' is in

'Proof' is in

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Hal (Lance Gardner) reviews Catherine’s (Michelle Beck, center) mathematical theorems under the watchful eye of her sister Claire (Ashley Bryant) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Proof.” The play...

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Spiritual Life

Healthy marriages preserve the couple at the heart of a family

I’m watching the marriage of my friends disintegrate. It is painful to watch, and the bad thing is that it didn’t need to happen. You can chalk this article up as general marriage advice, and not specifically a Christian message. But as I...

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Inside Mountain View

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Newly appointed Fire Chief Juan Diaz, pictured outside Mountain View Fire Station No. 1 on Friday, brings more than 30 years of experience to the position.

Mountain View officials appointed Juan F. Diaz the city’s ne...

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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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