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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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KATHERINE WRIGHT PICKERT


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Katherine Wright Pickert passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at home, surrounded by close family.

Born December 9, 1924 in Belvidere, Illinois, to Omar Burton Wright and Helen Cronin, Katy studied Psychology at DePauw University in Indiana. While there, she was an active part of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority on campus. After graduating in 1946, Katy worked in Chicago and then enrolled in George Washington University in Washington DC to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

While in Washington, Katy met many life-long friends and her husband, Paul Pickert. After marrying in 1953, the newlyweds moved to Paul’s hometown of Batavia, New York. In 1957, they moved to California, first to San Mateo before settling in Los Altos in 1960 where they raised their family, becoming an integral part of the community.

Katy and Paul’s son Greg, was born in 1958, and their daughter, Mary in 1962. While busy supporting her husband and raising their two children, Katy developed many passions in life. She was an avid bridge player, loved attending the symphony in San Francisco with her husband and friends, chipped away at golf, enjoyed shopping for antiques, was always keeping abreast of politics and loved traveling.

Katy and Paul took their first trip to Europe in 1972 and had several memorable overseas trips over the years, including a canal boat trip in Russia, taking a cruise ship through the Panama Canal, visiting historical sites in Greece and seeing the tulips in Belgium and the Netherlands. During these trips, she and Paul developed many new friendships with other travelers. Katy also enjoyed trips within the U.S., visiting family or traveling with some of her life-long friends.

She is survived by her husband Paul, brother Burt Wright, daughter Mary Pickert, daughter-in-law Beth Price and four grandsons, Alex, Ryan, Sean and Ian Pickert. She was preceded in death by her son Greg.

A memorial mass was held Saturday, June 22nd at St. Nicholas Church in Los Altos.

 

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