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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Scouting News


Photo By: Courtesy of Irene Suzuki
Photo Courtesy Of Irene Suzuki

Joel Kitchen, from left, Zachary Ottoes, Josh Hantke and Mario Pelella III bring the total number of Troop 33 Eagle Scouts to 226.

Los Altos Troop 33 recognizes Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 33 honored four members for earning their Eagle Scout ranks in a ceremony at Los Altos United Methodist Church June 9.

To receive the Eagle designation, the highest in Boy Scouts, Scouts must earn 21 merit badges, perform community service, serve 12 months in a troop leadership position and complete a service project. The troop has produced 226 Eagle Scouts over the years.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:

• Josh Hantke refinished a wooden fence at Oak Avenue School, installing new decorative and protective fencing around a native plant garden and sculpture.

Hantke, son of Barbara and Alan Hantke of Sunnyvale, graduated from St. Francis High School and plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Portland.

• Joel Kitchen contributed to the sports programs at the Gateway Neighborhood Center at Trinity Church in Sunnyvale. He installed flooring, refurbished exercise equipment and ran a volleyball camp for children.

Kitchen, son of Ellen and Keith Kitchen of Sunnyvale, will be a senior at Homestead High School in the fall. He tutors at the Gateway Neighborhood Center.

• Zachary Ottoes designed, supervised and constructed a native habitat garden at Blach Intermediate School for the Living Classroom Program.

Ottoes, son of Irene Suzuki and Scott Ottoes of Los Altos, will be a sophomore at Los Altos High School in the fall. Ottoes plays cello for the school’s Chamber Orchestra and the Los Altos Youth Chamber Ensemble, which performs at Los Altos’ First Fridays and other local events.

• Mario Pelella III restored and extended the Living Classroom garden at Springer School, installing fencing with wood reclaimed from picnic tables.

Pelella, son of Anne Marie and Dr. Mario M. Pelella Jr. of Mountain View, graduated from Mountain View High School.

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