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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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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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