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Obama's coming to town

Obama's coming to town

The president is scheduled to make a stop about noon today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills. He and his entourage are expected to travel south from San Francisco to the event, then head back north for San Francisco International Airport and ...

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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


ft, 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.

Tia Geri can’t wait to bring her new golden retriev...

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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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Letters to the Editor

Credit due for Immigrant House help

Thank you so much for the article on Immigrant House (“Approval for Immigrant House relocation excites supporters,” June 12). I am writing to give credit to additional worthy persons.

Although I did arrange for a mere three of the 30 people who gathered at the site, John Miguel, president of Mountain View Firefighters Local 1965, was the star organizer. As the article reported, many volunteers from the Mountain View Fire Department helped – some after working a double shift. It was really inspiring.

Mountain View City Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga also spent the day at the cleanup, working side-by-side with firefighters and volunteers from the Mountain View Department of Public Works.

Michelle Le, staff photographer for the Mountain View Voice, took the great photo of police escorting Immigrant House down Castro Street Feb. 22.

As mentioned in the article, the Mountain View City Council must approve the site as a park, but I think we’re on a good course for this to happen. I look forward to working with the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View and the community to restore and preserve Immigrant House as a piece of our history. I will keep you posted.

The Town Crier is part of my history, too. Thank you for all you do in our community. I remember my family running very successful ads in the classified section circa the 1960s: Shelled walnuts 50 cents a pound and Blenheim dried apricots $1 a pound.

Mary Kay Marinovich, founder

Friends of Immigrant House

Los Altos

Roundabouts risk ‘Babbittry’ in Los Altos

I don’t know Bob Jones, but I would like to respond with a “right on” to his letter (“Put roundabout idea into ‘lunatic basket,’” June 19). Jones makes two points that are well worth repeating.

First, he observes that the idea of a traffic roundabout at Edith Avenue and San Antonio Road should be consigned to the same “lunatic basket” as the screwball idea of putting a bus-only lane on El Camino Real.

Jones’ second point is worth repeating in its entirety and should be emblazoned on a billboard installed in the town apricot orchard at the intersection of Edith and San Antonio: “Our poor little town needs a rest from developers and the city councilmembers who are ruining our village.”

Have you ever read Sinclair Lewis’ classic satirical novel “Babbitt”? Well, “Babbittry” seems to be reigning supreme in Los Altos.

Tim Fennell

Los Altos

Dentist affirms recent health column

As a retired dentist and educator with more than 50 years of experience in the field, I was pleasantly surprised and gratified to read the Town Crier’s highly inclusive article on preventive dental care (“Preventive dental care proves key to a healthy smile,” June 19).

Many people do not understand the distinction between repairing the damage to teeth caused by disease and preventing or controlling disease. It makes no sense to repair the teeth while the disease is still active.

I often asked my patients, “If your house were on fire, who would you call first, a carpenter or the fire department?” It is obvious that first you want to put out the fire and then handle the repairs.

Dr. Ken Schweifler is right on target when he makes this distinction. For this reason, I would not do any major repairs in the mouth until my patient demonstrated the ability to keep his or her mouth healthy. In that way, the patient and I could rest assured that the restoration would last.

Most dental disease is entirely preventable. The dentist’s job is to teach the patient how to prevent the disease and maintain the teeth in a healthy state. The patient’s job is to keep his or her teeth healthy on an ongoing basis.

Once the teeth and gums are healthy, the dentist can restore the damage and both parties can be assured that the results will last.

Phillip Hordiner, D.D.S.

Los Altos

Another, better way to eliminate ticks

I enjoyed the article on Lyme disease (“Parasite packs big bite: Tick-inflicted Lyme disease can leave a lasting mark for the unlucky few,” June 26).

I have done geological studies in this area for a number of years and have been covered with hundreds of ticks. Trying to completely remove a tick with tweezers is impossible – the head will break off attached to you.

The best method, which has worked numerous times for me, is to saturate the tick with hydrogen peroxide. This will not kill the tick, but it will cause it to back out completely within a couple of minutes.

(I am not related to the subject in your article, even though we share the same last name.)

John O’Rourke

Los Altos Hills

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