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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 be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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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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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


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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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

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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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.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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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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El Camino Hospital district board approves 2014 budget

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors unanimously approved the district’s consolidated budget June 19.

In doing so, the district board also ratified the hospital’s fiscal year 2014 budget – slated to begin Monday – following its recent approval by the hospital’s board of directors. The consolidated budget for the hospital and district entities projects a net income of $83 million.

Additionally, the district board approved Community Benefit program plans for the hospital and district. Combined, the plans will provide more than $8 million in grants and sponsorships to community organizations providing health services to residents with limited or no access to health care.

“This past fiscal year, we have worked hard to maintain a high level of financial strength to ensure the continued delivery of quality care to the community we serve,” said John Zoglin, chairman of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors, in a released statement. “In the coming fiscal year, we will continue to focus on enhancing the well-being of the community through programs and initiatives that address the continuum of care through innovative partnerships with physicians, businesses and payers.”

The Community Benefit program – administered separately by the district and hospital – was developed following a triennial assessment that identified core community health needs. The Community Benefit Advisory Council prioritized four areas of need in the coming year: health-care access, mental health, obesity reduction and health literacy. Grants totaling $8.2 million in fiscal year 2014 from the district and hospital will focus on organizations that concentrate on those areas.

“The Community Benefit program is a crucial part of the district’s mission to provide health-care services to all who live within its boundaries,” Zoglin said. “Through a thorough assessment of needs, a careful selection of partners and rigorous reporting requirements, we can ensure that health-care gaps are being filled and critical services are being provided to those who need them most.”

In a final piece of business, the district board elected Patricia Einarson, M.D., to replace Zoglin for the upcoming fiscal year. Board directors Julia Miller and Dennis Chiu were selected to serve as vice chairwoman and secretary, respectively.

For more information, visit www.elcaminohealthcaredistrict.org.

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