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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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Mtn. View Briefs

New apartments along El Camino in pipeline

Expect more apartment units to pop up along El Camino Real in Mountain View.

Prometheus Real Estate Co. is currently in the public approval process with the city of Mountain View for its second phase of apartments on El Camino Real.

The Mountain View City Council approved the 165-unit first phase, which encompasses the former Tropicana Lodge and Western Appliance sites – approximately 2.5 acres – at 1720 and 1730 W. El Camino Real. Phase 2 includes an adjacent property, 1616 W. El Camino Real, formerly occupied by Austin’s restaurant.

A recently approved affordable housing project at 1581 W. El Camino Real, will feature 26 units for the “high-functioning, developmentally disabled,” according to city planner Randy Tsuda.

The site, approximately 300 feet southeast of Rich Avenue, is being developed in partnership with First Community Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Rental rates for the units will be affordable to “extremely low” and “very low-income” residents. The council committed $4.65 million to the project.

MV library hosts 3D printing forum

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled a 3D Printing Open House 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 19.

Presenters Brook Drumm from Printrbot, Roy Worthington from Octave and representatives from Tech Shop San Jose will discuss 3D printing, how it is evolving and its impact on the landscape of manufacturing and society at large. After the discussion, vendors and entrepreneurs will offer demonstrations of 3D printers and 3D software.

The library is located at 585 Franklin St.

For more information, visit www.mountainview.gov/library.

KMVT elects Carpenter to board of directors

Los Altos City Councilwoman Val Carpenter is among six new members elected to serve on the Mountain View-based KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media Board of Directors.

The nonprofit KMVT Community Television provides local television and Internet programming, multimedia training and professional video production services to Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino.

For more information, call 968-1540, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kmvt15.org.

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