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UPDATED: Missing Los Altos High School student found

UPDATED at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 21: Mountain View Police report that Avendano is safe after being located in Los Angeles County.

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The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. Accordin...

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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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MVLA Community Scholars celebrate students


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA Scholars
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla Scholars

MVLA Community Scholars honorees, their families and their mentors attend a reception recognizing the students’ efforts May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars recognized new scholars from Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District schools at a reception in Los Altos May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, provides four-year renewable college scholarships and mentoring to local students with powerful life stories. The program’s mission is to help students gain the confidence and determination to succeed in college by providing scholarships, personal mentoring and community support.

This year, 22 students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools received MVLA Community Scholars scholarships.

• Los Altos High School: Asha Bhote, Mabis Gharti Chhetry, Caitlin Hoover, Alexandra Lopez, Anthony Mata, Liliana Medina, Glenda Vargas, Adriana Velasco and Janna Wang.

• Mountain View High School: Roberto Aguilar, Kevin Alarcon, Ashley Alvarez-Lorenzo, Estefania Bautista, Diana Contreras-Chavez, Ana Gomez, Christian Hernandez, Sydney Magana, Viet Nguyen, Kristen Redaniel, Kara Rivera, Jamie Rodas and Eneyda Tobar.

“Each one of these students has fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to college,” District Superintendent Barry Groves said. “It is truly inspiring to see these dedicated and hardworking students head out into the world, eager to make their way in it. They want to contribute to society in a positive way and will have a profound effect on the future of us all. I salute them and wish them well.”

Celebrating success

The end of high school is a happy time for diligent students and their families, who have seen the fruits of their hard work pay off. But for some students, the road has not been an easy one. Without the ability to pay for college test prep classes, private tutors or summer programs to beef up high school resumes, many among this year’s graduates had to look elsewhere for help in achieving the dream of a college education. For this year’s honorees, MVLA Community Scholars provided the answer.

“When a student is selected to be an MVLA Community Scholar, the student and family become part of our family,” said Dee Gibson, chairwoman of MVLA Community Scholars. “Most of our scholars are the first in their families to attend college, so the opportunity to graduate from college is a transformative experience that impacts their entire family and community.”

Gibson cited the importance of mentoring as a cornerstone in the MVLA Community Scholars’ charter.

“These scholars become role models for their families, their peers and their community,” she said. “One of the key components of our program is the role that our mentors play in the life of the student from the moment that they are accepted as a scholar through graduation. The mentors help the students overcome roadblocks that could prevent them from graduating from college.”

Founded in 2000, MVLA Community Scholars has provided scholarships for more than 200 students from the MVLA school district and currently funds more than 60 college students. The MVLA Community Roundtable, comprising several community organizations including the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Quota Club and the Los Altos Community Foundation, administers the application process. Awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year for students attending primarily UCs, CSUs and local community colleges plus a small number of private universities.

More than 100 volunteers serve as mentors, on the scholarship selection committee and on program oversight. More than 70 donors contribute to each class of Scholars.

For more information, email Dee Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Renee Hinson is an MVLA Community Scholars volunteer.

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