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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Water district grants flow to local restoration projects


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Grant money from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, including ,000 for Redwood Grove and ,000 for OKeefe Preserve, is funding local creek stabilization projects.

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills voters renewed the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan Parcel Tax in the November 2012 election, and a direct return on investment is on the horizon via two creek restoration grants.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board this month approved a $98,000 grant proposal from the town of Los Altos Hills to restore the habitat of Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve and a $90,000 grant proposal from the city of Los Altos to continue the creek-bank stabilization of Adobe Creek at Redwood Grove. The district received 14 grant proposals and awarded six grants for projects that met the objectives of the Clean, Safe Creeks measure.

“It definitely makes us able to do this project,” said Redwood Grove Park Supervisor Damon Cockerham, who noted that funding from the district totals approximately 25 percent of the total capital improvement budget for Phase 2 of the Adobe Creek restoration project.

The city of Los Altos plans to pick up the remainder of the costs from the city’s park in-lieu fees, according to Cockerham.

“The hillside is eroding and we’re going to use a method to stabilize it using toe-wood installation, logs into the base of the stream bank, backfill cobble and brush layering,” said Cockerham of the project.

In addition to creek-bank stabilization efforts, a creek channel will be shifted to slow flowing water and a pedestrian bridge relocated. Restoration is scheduled to begin next spring and conclude by the end of the summer 2014.

Los Altos Hills residents can expect to see improvements to the banks of Purissima Creek at the O’Keefe Preserve, an 8-acre open space located near Interstate 280 and El Monte Road. Members of the town’s Open Space Committee said the grant would fund the removal of invasive plants along the creek bank and surrounding site. The town did not provide a project schedule to the Town Crier.

For the 2013 grant cycle, the Santa Clara Valley Water District also awarded grants for habitat enhancement at San Francisquito Creek, tidal marsh zone restoration at the Palo Alto Baylands, encampment cleanup at Coyote Creek and a trail along Ronan Channel.

According to district officials, 92 projects totaling more than $16.8 million have received funding through the grant program and other joint-funding partnerships since 2000.

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