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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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ALFRED L. PLOETZ

Alfred Ploetz died 5/21/2013 of lymphoma at age 92 in Papillion, NE. He was born in 1920 in West Valley, NY. He was the son of Elmer and Hattie Schultz Ploetz, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by two younger brothers, Leroy and Gordon. He is survived by his wife, Grace, children and spouses: Larry of Newark, CA; Kathy Newcomb of Papillion, NE; Linda Kronenfeld of Oro Valley, AZ; and stepson, Bruce Dudley Ploetz; five grandsons, Andrew, Benjamin, and Garin Newcomb, Michael and Jason D Kronenfeld; and a nephew, Tom Ploetz of Yorkshire, NY.

After graduating from high school in West Valley, NY, he attended Alfred University and graduated with a degree in engineering. Following graduation, he worked as a machinist, having three deferments from military service. He went into the army in 1944 and served with a unit of port engineers in Antwerp, Belgium, the mission of which was to put the port in operation as a supply port for the advance of American troops into Germany. His unit was the first support troop into Antwerp following the liberation of that city. Another function of the unit was to repair landing craft for the anticipation of crossing of the Rhine when boat crossing became unnecessary when the retreating German Armies neglected to blow the Remagen Bridge.

Following his discharge with rank of Sgt. from military service, he joined the US Geological Survey in Sacramento, CA. in 1946 which later headquartered in Menlo Park, CA. He held titles of Civil Engineer, Topographic Engineer, and Cartographer doing topographic surveys in the seven western states, working in field surveys, office photogrametry and cartography.

In 1955, he met and married his beloved wife, a widow, Grace Warwick Dudley. After 34 years with USGS, he retired in 1980 and remained in Mtn. View, CA where he had lived since 1959, until 2001 when he moved to Papillion, NE. Following retirement he worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block for ten years, took the professional exam for enrolled agent IRS for which he was licensed to represent clients before the IRS. After leaving Block, he did volunteer work, preparing tax returns at the senior center in Mountain View, CA.

Burial was in West Valley, NY. on May 31.

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