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Hills council strikes down proposed moratorium on substandard lots

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Wednesday (June 3) struck down a proposed 45-day moratorium on substandard lot development.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilmember John Radford cast dissenting votes opposing the moratoriu...

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Schools

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos ...

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Community

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research


Courtesy of Joseph Faria
Supporters of last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View include, from left, Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele and Dominic, Eileen and Joseph Faria. The Los Altos Relay For Life is sla...

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Comment

Coffee with cops? We'll drink to that: Editorial

The recent “Coffee with a Cop” event proved a good public relations move for the Los Altos Police Department. It also provided a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and converse with several officers, including the police chief, in an in...

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Special Sections

Deciphering the irksome sounds cars often make

Ahh – the troublesome, telltale auto noise. It’s that squeak, screech, squeal, groan, grind, hum, hiss, rattle, knock, clicking or ticking that drives drivers crazy.

Even with all the technology in modern cars, the sounds our cars make t...

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Business

Local couple launches downtown restaurant

Local couple launches downtown restaurant


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Turn Bar & Grill crew prepares for the restaurant’s impending opening.

Jim and Julie Otis are prepared to realize their longtime dream.

The couple – lifelong Los Altos residents – wanted to ensure ...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

     

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), ...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Harper Pitt (Sophia Naylor) describes her life to Joe Pitt (Dan Martin) in “Angels in America,” playing in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College through June 14.

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s produ...

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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

Los Altos Rotary, Kiwanis clubs name 2013 scholarship winners


Photo By: Left Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo by Jerry Tomanek
Photo Left Photo By Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo By Jerry Tomanek

Students, left, receiving Kiwanis Club of Los Altos scholarships include, from left, Matthew Marent, Hanlei Liang, Erika Lama, Jose Lopez and Joshua Tree Poblete.

The Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Los Altos recently awarded 2013 scholarships to students attending local middle and high schools.

The Los Altos Rotary Academic Scholarships presented to graduating high school students included a certificate and financial assistance ranging from $800 to $2,500 based on need.

Rotary scholarship recipients are: Mike Aguilar, Marissa Mason and Jasmine Sanchez, Alta Vista High School; Dan Meidinger, Mountain View Academy; and Sydney Magana, Timothy Young, Viet Nguyen and Kristen Redaniel, Mountain View High School.

Kimberly Kaiser of St. Francis High School received the first Billy Russell Scholarship, named in honor of the former president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos who died in 2008. Sung-Yee Guo of Los Altos High School received the Charles Cowan Scholarship for Science and Technology.

Outstanding students in the Los Altos School District intermediate schools received a certificate of accomplishment and $50. The Rotary Club recognized Katia Gibson and Zack Kaplan from Egan Junior High School and Douglas Curtis and Julie Daseking from Blach Intermediate School.

Rotary scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a financial need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos awarded $3,100 scholarships to five local high school students. The club annually recognizes students who overcome obstacles to succeed in high school and often are the first in their families to attend college. The scholarships are for seniors who plan to attend Foothill or De Anza college.

Kiwanis scholarship recipients from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District are: Matthew Marent, Alta Vista High School; Joshua Tree Poblete and Jose Lopez, Los Altos High School; Erika Lama, Mountain View High School; and Hanlei Liang (Adult Education program).

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