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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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BETTY WAYNE WALKER


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Resident of Los Altos

February 2, 1924 to May 30, 2013

 

We mourn the passing of long term resident, Betty Walker.

Betty was born and raised in southern California. She got her start in clinical laboratory work as a member of the Women’s Army Core during WWII and after her tour of duty completed a Bachelor of Science degree at San Jose State College and did a year of graduate work at UC Berkeley. After completion of her degree she received her clinical laboratory license and public health microbiologist certification, eventually becoming a laboratory director for Physician’s Laboratories, from which she retired in 1998. Simultaneously, Betty began instructing in the Biology Department of SJSU in 1962; teaching a variety of courses in the department until 1987.

While studying at SJSC, Betty met her future husband, Robert Walker (1924-2004), when he had the luck of being assigned the seat between Betty and her good friend in one of their classes. Bob and Betty were married in 1949 and took up residence in San Jose. Six years later they started a family, moving to Los Altos in 1958, to a house that remains in the family today. The home is fondly remembered by her children as the place where all their friends liked to hangout.

In addition to their own three children and two grandchildren, Bob and Betty “adopted” the couple across the street and became grandparents to their two children. Betty was a woman that touched the hearts of the people she met and will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren for her warmth, laughter, sewing skills, and cookies.

Besides spending time with her family, Betty enjoyed reading, travel, and helping others. After retirement she found an excellent outlet for some of these passions by volunteering at the Palo Alto VA hospital and becoming an active member of P.E.O. Chapter UB, including several years serving as President of the Nearly New Shop in Sunnyvale.

Betty is survived by her brother David Wayne of Rowe Mass., three children Lynette Sawyer, Barbara Nordman, and Wayne Walker, two grandchildren Erika and Jamie, and two great-grandchildren as well as five step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held in her honor on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information regarding the gathering.

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