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News

West Nile fogging commences today

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations today in parts of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and San Jose.

Weather permitting, Santa Clara County Vecto...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Letters to the Editor

Article on Lyme disease sounds a vital alert

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

Following weeks of painful and swollen joints, our son, Scott, was misdiagnosed in 1996 as having juvenile-onset rheumatoid arthritis. Were it not for the quick thinking of Dr. Bruce Dreyfuss, an adult rheumatologist, we would not have suspected Lyme.

Because the disease was nearly unheard of in this area 17 years ago, Scott’s pediatrician did not automatically test for it. Even when the initial tests came back positive, the results were suspected to be false. A second test confirmed the Lyme diagnosis, and Scott received megadoses of antibiotics to combat the disease.

We were relatively lucky, as the fallout from the delayed diagnosis did not cause much permanent damage, although there is some question as to whether the Lyme disease may have contributed to his Hodgkin’s lymphoma 10 years later.

In any event, it is good news that local doctors now check for Lyme disease as a possible cause when any of the symptoms are present. Scott did not show the bull’s-eye rash either. Vigilance is key.

Rebecca Hayman

Los Altos

Don’t disturb our lives with trail extension

People need to understand that the Stevens Creek Trail is supposed to be a route through open space. When Los Altos officials decided decades ago to allow development of the Grant Road-Fremont Avenue area, they closed the option for a trail here. Except for demolishing homes to re-create open space, the only choice is to go around the neighborhood.

Unfortunately, the trail committee is still considering inserting bicycle lanes through our area. Residents are faced with an increase in traffic, pollution, noise, parking problems, burglaries and loss of privacy when thousands of visitors traverse our otherwise quiet streets.

There is no justification for such disturbance of our lives.

Arthur J. Abrams

Los Altos

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