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First St. closure set for Saturday

First Street in downtown Los Altos will be closed Saturday (Nov. 22) between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street for street paving. The closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the event of poor weather, the work will be rescheduled for a later ...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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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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Police association donates to child abuse center


Photo By: Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Photo Diego Abeloos/Town Crier

Children’s Interview Center Coordinator Trish Martinez accepts a PlayStation 3 donated by Los Altos Peace Officers Association representatives Abe Velasco, left, and Chris Brooks.

Two members of the Los Altos Peace Officers Association recently gave back to an agency that serves as a key partner in fighting child abuse crimes.

Los Altos Police detective Abe Velasco and officer Chris Brooks earlier this month donated a new PlayStation 3 and several new games – wrapped playfully in yellow police crime tape – to the Santa Clara County Children’s Interview Center (CIC) in San Jose.

CIC is a regional resource used by local law enforcement agencies (including Los Altos) and Child Protective Services to interview children who may be victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. According to CIC coordinator Trish Martinez, the center typically serves more than 400 children and their families annually and is funded by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police.

Martinez noted that the new video-game system, donated on behalf of the Peace Officers Association, will serve as a welcome temporary distraction for child abuse victims at the center, which aims to provide a comforting, stress-free environment for young victims.

Velasco, who currently serves as the association’s president, added that the center plays a crucial role in making child victims feel safe following a traumatic experience, allowing them to open up to investigators about the things they’ve experienced.

“The (Peace Officers Association) is always looking for ways to give back, and the CIC is a good fit,” Velasco said. “This (donation) will directly help to make a child in a bad situation just a little happier. … There’s nothing we can do to make their pain go away, but if a PlayStation can make them smile for five minutes, that’s priceless to us.”

Martinez added that CIC also provides each child with a blanket and a stuffed animal for an added touch of comfort, given otherwise bleak circumstances. The donated PlayStation, she said, allows her to offer yet another outlet for older children at the center.

“This is huge – we get older children here all the time,” Martinez said of the association’s donation. “A big thing here is I don’t want (older child victims) to feel like we’re treating them like a baby. This is amazing. I’m so excited.”

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