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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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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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