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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community developme...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


Town Crier File Photo
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


Town Crier file photo
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 int...

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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


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
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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Schools chief shares what it takes to get into college


Photo By: John Hammerschmidt/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo John Hammerschmidt/ Special To The Town Crier

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, shares with a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience June 13 how much harder it is to get into college these days.

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, shared his insight on what it takes to get into college these days at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting June 13.

Groves, who became schools chief in 2006, heads a district where 96 percent of graduating seniors pursue college degrees. Both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools prepare students to submit competitive college applications, he said. According to district statistics, both high schools ranked a 10 out of 10 on the California Academic Performance Index, and their average scores on Advanced Placement exams and the SAT and SAT II are among the highest in the state.

The criteria for college acceptance have changed since the last generation, said Groves, noting that perfect grades and test scores are no longer sufficient. Instead of seeking well-rounded individuals, he added, selective colleges now seek graduates from well-rounded high schools, those that provide environments where their teams win championships.

Groves outlined the current criteria for acceptance: rigor of courses, high school grades, SAT/ACT/AP/SAT II scores, socioeconomic diversity, development case, legacy/connections, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, interviews and class rank.

“Do you think you would be accepted in the college of your choice today?” he asked the audience.

After he presented criteria for acceptance today, most attendees acknowledged that they probably wouldn’t, because selective colleges are now much more difficult to get into.

Competitive students are advised to enroll in the most challenging courses offered at their high schools. Scholarships based on merit have decreased, Groves said, and are offered primarily on the basis of need today.

Stanford University is the most selective school in the U.S., according to Groves, as it accepts only 5.8 percent of applicants, while San Jose State University accepts 75 percent; Santa Clara University, 54 percent; and UC Berkeley, 20.8 percent. While most college costs are high, he said, they vary considerably, with Stanford and Santa Clara costing approximately $43,000 per year. The public universities – UC Berkeley and San Jose State – cost much less, as does Foothill College. Groves said Foothill is one of the best community colleges in the state, “an outstanding value for excellent instruction.”

For more information, visit www.mvla.net.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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