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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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Dr. Mary Kornei: Passion for life reflected in patient care, family love


Photo By: Courtesy of the Kornei family
Photo Courtesy Of The Kornei Family

The passions of Dr. Mary Kornei were many and varied. The Kornei family, from left, Katherine, Mark, Mary and Tom, vacation in Alaska.

Mary Catherine Kornei was a doctor who still made house calls. She cared deeply about her patients, visiting them on weekends and sleeping lightly so that she could be there for them at a moment’s notice.

Dr. Kornei, a longtime Los Altos resident and South Bay native, died April 30 of complications from lymphoma. She was 65.

Dr. Kornei’s family, friends and colleagues described her as a positive soul with an affinity for the outdoors, talented and passionate across a range of activities. She hiked regularly; spoke French fluently; loved her cats; enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, gardening, and according to husband Tom, even hanging clothes outside on the line to dry. She was often seen bicycling in her white lab coat to and from her office near El Camino Hospital.

The daughter of Elizabeth and Dr. Vernon Schulein, a medical internist, Dr. Kornei grew up with her brother, John, in Willow Glen. She took ballet and piano lessons, participated in Girl Scouts and enjoyed hikes in the woods with her family. She attended Sacred Heart High School in Menlo Park and completed her undergraduate work in English and French at Santa Clara University in 1969. She lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, for two years after college and kept her French-language skills current.

Dr. Kornei joined a Sierra Club bicycle trip along the Feather River in Northern California in 1973. On that trip, she met Tom Kornei, an electrical engineer who owned a small computer hardware company in Cupertino. The couple began dating before she enrolled at Yale Medical School in 1976. They were married at Stanford Memorial Church in July 1977 and moved to Los Altos.

Dr. Kornei completed her medical residency at Stanford University in 1980 and began working in the Cupertino Clinic. The Korneis welcomed their first child, Katherine, in 1984. Dr. Kornei opened a private practice on Hospital Drive near El Camino Hospital in 1985. A second child, Mark, joined the family in 1988.

Dr. Kornei was often on call. She wanted her patients to receive the best care and always made time for them. Even as a regular attendee sitting in one of the front pews at Los Altos United Methodist Church, she often quietly slipped out to answer a vibrating call from her answering service. Dr. Kornei worked at her private practice until her retirement in 2009.

“She was passionate in her love for medicine beyond any economic ramifications,” Tom said, recounting how his wife called patients in the evening at home to share lab results and provided many services pro bono.

She biked to work with side baskets containing medical charts.

Dr. Kornei’s friends and patients knew her as a caring, positive person with a beautiful smile. She sent thank-you notes for even the smallest kindnesses.

Her son, Mark, said dinners at 8 p.m. were commonplace growing up, because “that’s when mom finished caring for her patients.”

He remembers as a child hauling around mailing tubs full of files in hospital corridors, trailing his mom as she made rounds. Patient care wasn’t a job – it was a passion, but so was bread baking, travel and everything else she did in a life that was lived to the fullest.

“That passion rubbed off on my sister and myself,” Mark said.

Dr. Kornei’s daughter, Katherine, recalled important lessons learned from mom – the thrill of growing vegetables in the garden, the joy of travel and not being afraid of trying new experiences.

“I loved watching her test her language skills and pick up a guide book to explore a foreign city,” she said. “I remember wandering around the backroads of Venice with her and going into a glass-blowing shop on the island of Murano to view an artist at work.”

Longtime friend and colleague Dr. Cesar Molina called Dr. Kor- nei “a very courageous person” who took life’s challenges head on and approached death the same way. He said he received an email from her about visiting one last time “before her journey” so she could say goodbye.

Dr. Kornei is survived by husband Tom, daughter Katherine, son Mark, mother Elizabeth Schulein, brother John Schulein, nephew Greg Schulein and niece Michelle Parsons.

A celebration of Dr. Kornei’s life is scheduled 2 p.m. June 8 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in her honor to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 2218, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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