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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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.

‘Overdue’

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

stood

Say you need a current source

To finish up your homework

Or want an arcane meaning

checked

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

stacks

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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