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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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Oaks are off to 12-0 start

The significance of the day the Palo Alto Oaks opened their season isn’t lost on general manager Steve Espinoza.

The Los Altos High graduate noted that his semipro baseball team started play June 2 – which would have been the 100th birthday of Tony Makjavich, who managed the club for 49 years.

Espinoza was delighted with the result of the doubleheader at Palo Alto Baylands, where he said the Oaks “soundly beat the El Cerrito A’s.”

Palo Alto has won every game since, entering this week with a sparkling 12-0 record that leads the Western Baseball Association’s Stan Musial Division. The Oaks’ most recent wins came Sunday when they swept a doubleheader against their league nemesis – Fontanetti’s Athletics.

“We’ve been going at it for a long time,” Espinoza said of the rivalry.

The host Oaks flattened Fontanetti’s 10-1 in the first game, notching seven extra-base hits. Trevor Demerritt, Bryan Beres and Sheldon Daquioag each drilled two doubles, with the latter collecting four hits in the game.

Dominic Hernandez threw the first six innings to earn the win. Brand Norlander pitched the final three frames, striking out five.

The second game was closer, with the Oaks up just 1-0 after six innings. But their bats heated up as the temperature did and the team prevailed 5-0. Daquioag belted a two-run double, his second extra-base hit of the game.

Three Palo Alto pitchers combined for the shutout; Ricky Navarro, CJ Hillyer and Jacob Naval tossed three innings each.

Manager Greg Matson has a new middle infield this year featuring Demerritt at shortstop and Pedro Tostado and Travis Conroy platooning at second base.

The Oaks also have two players splitting time in center field – St. Francis High graduate Brian Fleischli and Maxx Sheehan. Both play at West Valley College.

Espinoza said other integral newcomers include Gilbert Guerra (closer/outfielder), Daquioag (outfielder/catcher), Naval (pitcher) and Gary Foster (catcher).

The veteran pitching staff “has been tough to hit,” said Espinoza, who praised Navarro, Hernandez, Norlander and Hillyer.

The Mountain View resident added that several vets have come up big at the plate, including Beres, Danny Ordonez, Julio Cortez and Allen Stiles.

The Oaks are scheduled to host a doubleheader 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Palo Alto Baylands.

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