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News

A flood of candidates seek seats on high school board

Two incumbents and five newcomers are vying for seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees – a significant increase in the number of candidates who have run over the past 10 years.

According to data from the Sa...

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Schools

One more candidate joins MVLA race

When longtime incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again, the deadline to file for the upcoming Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees election was extended by a few days. Mountain View resident Sanjay Dave registere...

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Community

CSA salutes 'Hometown Heroes' at breakfast

CSA salutes 'Hometown Heroes' at breakfast


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The Community Services Agency’s 2014 “Hometown Heroes” fundraising breakfast is scheduled 7:15 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

“Hometown Heroes” honors individuals and businesses for...

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Sports

No suit, no sweat

No suit, no sweat


Courtesy of the Gallagher Family
Joe Gallagher – a 12-year-old from Los Altos Hills – swims from near Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. His uncle, Joe Locke, an accomplished open-water swimmer, accompanied him.

For his recent s...

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Comment

Back to school, back to thumbs: Editorial

The kids are back in class at our local schools and a new political campaign season is underway, so we have our thumbs out and ready to go.

Thumbs-up: To last week’s community workshop for rebuilding the Los Altos Community Center. The Aug. 19...

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Business

Sweet Shop celebrates five-year anniversary

Sweet Shop celebrates five-year anniversary


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos Ave. marks its fifth year in business Sept. 7. The shop is a popular after-school stop for families and students.

When Stacy Savides Sullivan opened the Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos...

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Books

"Jack London" chronicles author's adventurous life


Much has been written about American author Jack London, primarily known for his early-20th-century Western adventure novels, including the classics “White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild.”

In Earle Labor’s biography of the literary icon, “Jac...

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People

JEFF JOHNSON

JEFF JOHNSON

Jan 10, 1967 - Aug 10, 2014

Jeff was born and raised in Los Altos. He was a graduate of Los Altos High School. He then went to Foothill College where he had an opportunity to spend 3-months in Europe through a study abroad program. That experience...

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Travel

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer


Photos courtesy of TOURISM VANCOUVER
Outdoor adventures abound in and around Vancouver, including a boat excursion into Horseshoe Bay and a jaunt on the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, among the most popular attractions in British Col...

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Stepping Out

'Water' rises in Mtn. View

'Water' rises in Mtn. View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Elliot (Miles Gaston Villanueva) struggles to understand Odessa’s (Zilah Mendoza) online activity in TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the award-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful.”

TheatreWorks’ regiona...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host o...

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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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