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San Antonio developer asked to swap office space for housing

The Mountain View City Council’s July 2 directive for more housing at The Village at San Antonio Center complex may mean one less office building on the 20-acre site but more living space for dozens of potential residents.

Motivated by pressur...

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Schools

Waldorf School launches full-day kindergarten

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has expanded the hours for its kindergarten program to include a full-day option beginning in September.

According to school officials, the new schedule is designed to accommodate the needs of working families and chi...

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Community

 Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting – Los Altos church celebrates a century of worship

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting – Los Altos church celebrates a century of worship


Los Altos church in 1914, left, featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Photo Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in Los Altos – is scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of i...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

Local league hosts Pony regionals

Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball is scheduled to host the eight-day Pony division (14-and-under) NorCal regionals through Saturday at Skip Mueller Field at Rosita Park. The host team was slated to open the doub...

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Letters to the Editor

‘Anti-Israel’ letter demands response

The troubling letter in the July 9 Town Crier, “Speaker’s defense of Israel proves ‘puzzling,’” demands a response. I have read many letters by the same writer in variou...

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Special Sections

Coping with chronic illness

Coping with chronic illness


Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic illness means that your life is changed, perhaps forever. It can be frightening and daunting to face the challenges ahead. By learning more about your condition and doing what you can to manage it, you can feel s...

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Business

Transactions

Los Altos

72 Bay Tree Lane, Lynch Trust to Siedenburg Trust for $2,413,000

449 Casita Court, American Financial to J. & Y. Wang for $4,450,000

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

Children's Theatre in the Park concludes Friday

The city of Mountain View and Peninsula Youth Theatre cap their Children’s Theatre in the Park series with a free performance of “The Dancing Spider” 6:30 p.m. Friday at the outdoor ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park, 1146 Church St.

The production...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Mother-daughter survivors join in fight against cancer by walking Relay For Life


Photo By: Sophie Ho/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Sophie Ho/Special To The Town Crier

Mother and daughter Jeanne MacVicar and Bryn Pennington of Los Altos will join in the fight against cancer by participating in the upcoming Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Relay For Life event.

There are many moving events at the annual Relay For Life of Los Altos, the community’s 24-hour fundraising walk for cancer research, but few are as touching as the Survivor Lap.

With music bumping in the background, cancer survivors take to the Egan Junior High School track to walk a victory lap cheered by friends and family. Their supporters, referred to as “caregivers,” later walk their own lap. These moments are a way to honor survivors and caregivers, a reminder to all participants that the fight against cancer is hardly fought alone.

In past years, Los Altos resident and Relay organizer Jeanne MacVicar walked the survivors lap, having defeated breast cancer 27 years ago. Her daughter, Bryn Pennington, walked as her caregiver.

But this year, mother and daughter will participate as cancer survivors in the relay, scheduled June 15 and 16.  Pennington was diagnosed in April with liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer that manifested in her leg.

“There is a saying that, ‘Our family had cancer, but I showed the symptoms,’” MacVicar said. “That was true for us 27 years ago, and now our family has cancer again. Except this time, Bryn has the symptoms.”

After receiving treatment, Pennington is now cancer free. She attributes her recovery and health to the support of friends, doctors and family.

“I hope anyone who gets cancer will feel the love and support that I’ve had from my family and parents,” Pennington said. “It’s changed my life for good.”

Relay For Life has been another pillar of support for Pennington and MacVicar. Having been heavily involved in organizing and participating in the event since the start, MacVicar attested to the power Relay has in showing survivors that they are not alone.

“Ultimately, everyone walks away from Relay feeling stronger and that they can go forward,” MacVicar said. “Cancer can be a very lonely disease. When you get a group together to talk about their experiences, that is very powerful.”

For Pennington, participating in Relay was initially a way to support her mother and remember those affected by cancer. This year, she’ll be able to benefit from the event in a different way.

“There is something qualitatively different being in a field with a thousand people who are all there because they love someone who is a cancer survivor or they want to remember someone who had cancer,” Pennington said. “That’s a very human experience. It’s a very beautiful experience to have.”

Relay For Life is scheduled 10 a.m. June 15 to 10 a.m. June 16 at Egan, 100 W. Portola Ave. To register or for more information, visit relayforlife.org.

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