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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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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

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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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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Los Altos resident arrested for robbery spree


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Los Altos Police apprehended the man believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies in Los Altos.

According to Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea, 26-year-old Los Altos resident Thomas Andrew Cronin was arrested May 29, approximately 20 minutes after he allegedly robbed U.S. Bank at 1001 Fremont Ave.

A male Caucasian entered the bank at approximately 10:18 a.m. and demanded cash from a teller before fleeing with an undisclosed amount. Contrary to previous media reports, the suspect was armed at the time of the incident, Galea said.

He noted that a witness observed Cronin leaving the scene and provided police with a description of the vehicle including a partial license plate number. Officers intercepted the vehicle near the intersection of Rosita Avenue and Anderson Court, executed a stop and arrested Cronin.

“Based on the information provided, officers were able to link him to the (U.S. Bank) robbery at the scene of the stop,” said Galea, who added that Cronin was taken to the Los Altos Police Station before being booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on one count of armed robbery.

Since the arrest, investigators have linked Cronin to several additional armed robberies that occurred in Los Altos since February, according to Galea. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office filed seven additional robbery counts against Cronin Friday.

He is charged with robbing Comerica Bank in downtown Los Altos twice – in March and April – and Bank of the West at 176 Main St. Feb. 11.

In addition, the 26-year-old suspect is charged with two armed robberies of Standard Liquor at 303 First St. in February and March and single counts for the mid-May robberies of the Shell gas station at 929 Fremont Ave. and Round Table Pizza at 399 First St.

Galea said the Los Altos Police Department dedicated numerous hours to investigating the robberies and tracking down the suspect.

“In all honesty, there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by where we haven’t talked about this. … We have put a tremendous amount of work into following up any lead possible,” Galea said. “To have this amount of robberies in any city is unusual, but to have one individual stay (and commit robberies) in one small geographical area like Los Altos is very unusual.”

Galea credited the FBI as well as neighboring police agencies in Mountain View and Palo Alto for assisting the Los Altos Police department.

“They were a big part of this investigation,” said Galea, noting that all three agencies arrived at the scene of last week’s arrest to aid Los Altos police.

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