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Number of burglaries falls in LAH

Number of burglaries falls in LAH

From a high of 16 burglaries in July and August to four burglaries over the past eight weeks – one incident related to a domestic scuffle – the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reported a drop i...

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Schools

Schools Briefs

Foothill College hosts Solar Eclipse Party

Foothill College and the Peninsula Astronomy Society have scheduled a Solar Eclipse Party 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the college’s observatory, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

In addition to vi...

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Community

Celebrity Forum series begins tonight with Bill Nye at Flint Center

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens tonight and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at the Flin...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

MVLA soccer tourney

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club has partnered with Juventus Sport Club of Redwood City for this weekend’s Bay Area Fall Cup, featuring more than 200 boys teams. MVLA is scheduled to host 11-versus-11 games on fields...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: Needless to say, the neutral position the Town Crier took last week on Measure N elicited some passionate responses. A sampling follows.

Rethinking Measure N

The Town Crier’s nonendorsement of Measure N should be rethought. The decis...

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Special Sections

Dentistry center hosts Smiles for Troops event

Dentistry center hosts Smiles for Troops event


Photo courtesy of Peninsula Center of Cosmetic dentistry
Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry will host its second Smiles for Troops event on Veterans Day. The event offers military members free dental care.

Military veterans who have returned fro...

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Business

Transactions

Los Altos

54 Citation Drive, B. & S. McKibben to Clifton Trust for $1,320,000

1536 Country Club Drive, McCarver Trust to Dempsey Trust for $5,500,000

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sweeney Todd' continues in MV

'Sweeney Todd' continues in MV


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
David Studwell and Tory Ross star in the TheatreWorks production of Sweeney Todd.”

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is slated to run through ...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Speaker goes behind headlines on U.S., Middle East relationships


Photo By: COURTESY Of Stanford School of Communications
Photo Courtesy Of Stanford School Of Communications


Janine Zacharia, current Carlos Kelley McClatchy Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University, shared her experiences as an international journalist in the Middle East with The Morning Forum Lecture Series audience May 21.

Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post December 2009 through April 2011, Zacharia discussed the role of the United States in Israel, Egypt and Syria offering an enlightening, if pessimistic, outlook.

The U.S. has intervened extensively in the Middle East in the 10 years beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, she said. Most European countries want the United States to continue to take the lead, but economic conditions and its diminishing resources may dampen U.S. involvement. What will be the benchmark for future U.S. intervention, she asked.

Zacharia discussed an example of the complexity of this problem by citing the uprising in Egypt in January 2011 that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

According to Zacharia, the United States was caught off guard, believing its own intelligence data that President Mubarak was strong and could withstand the uprising. Israel urged the United States to call for the continuance of Mubarak’s regime. The U.S. did so, but Mubarak was out of power within a month, replaced by Mohammed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Zacharia said Egypt’s economy is bleak in the wake of the revolution. The new leaders are not sophisticated in economics, she said.

The uprising, known as the Arab Spring, has spread to other Middle East countries, including Syria. The Syrian government has already killed 70,000 people in an attempt to put down the revolution, Zacharia noted.

The difficult decision for the U.S., she said, is whether to intervene by sending troops, humanitarian aid or arms to rebels who may be supporters of Al Qaeda? To date, the Obama administration has not taken a public position.

When asked her opinion of the appropriate role for the U.S., Zacharia said, “I would like to see a coherent plan. The U.S. has to be a leader in the Middle East.”

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series held at Los Altos Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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