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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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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

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

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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Circuit race returns to Foothill; ‘Learning Curve’ set for Sunday


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Kate Finegan, right, won the Women’s Pro/Category 1/2 Open Division at last year’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

Organizers of the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” were not able to find a major sponsor for this weekend’s event, but they said the 12 individual races are spoken for.

The fundraising race is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos Hills community college.

The course is a clockwise 1.09-mile loop around campus with 60 feet of climbing per lap. Race categories include Juniors, Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters.

The Learning Curve raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, according to Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill director of facilities and special projects. Proceeds go toward constructing a bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus. The project is estimated to cost $700,000.

“We have a very long way to go, and probably more every year as inflation goes (up),” said Davis-Visas, who came up with the idea for the race.

Foothill officials work with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to organize the event each summer.

According to Barry Gordon, club president, the race has undergone a few changes this year. It has been upgraded in status and is now part of the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) 2013 Women’s Race Series, the NCNCA 2013 Junior Points Series and the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series.

“It just means that the race has greater status in the cycling community and that more people will participate in the event to obtain more series points for the NCNCA Women’s Race and Junior Points Series,” Gordon said. “Also, juniors that do well in the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series will be invited to national cycling training camps.”

Registration is available online at bikereg.com or on the day of the event starting at 7:15 a.m. next to the starting line. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to each race. Race fees range from $15 to $35, with $10 added after Thursday.

Davis-Visas encourages those who are not participating to come out and watch the racers in action.

“The race is fabulous to watch – you feel the hot air as they go through,” she said. “Even just to see what they do for an hour (is worthwhile).”

For more information, visit foothillcollegecircuitrace.com.

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