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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Festival reaps positive returns


Town Crier File Photo
According to Los Altos Village Association Executive Director Nancy Dunaway, the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival saw a preliminary increase of 7 to 9 percent in wine, beer and glassware sales. 

The early verdict on the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is positive, according to the event’s organizer.

Nancy Dunaway, executive director of the Los Altos Village Association (LAVA), told the Town Crier last week that the festival – held July 13-14 in downtown Los Altos – was a success based on the 7 to 9 percent increase organizers saw in beer, wine and glassware sales. Although she cautioned that the cited sales were preliminary, ballpark figures, Dunaway noted that the festival appeared to pass the eyeball test in terms of crowd size.

“We had a great crowd,” she said of the 34th annual event. “The weather was perfect, which is always helpful.”

Several downtown merchants gave the festival good reviews.

Jim Reynolds, co-owner of Present at 162 Main St., said he took advantage of the occasion to advertise artisan food tastings and other in-store demonstrations via a small chalk billboard in front of his boutique. Reynolds noted that while sales were up throughout the weekend, the biggest boon the festival provided was exposure for visitors new to downtown Los Altos.

“It was excellent,” he said. “There were several hundred people we encountered and talked with throughout the festival.”

Steve Oberhauser, manager of the European Cobblery at 201 First St., said he used the festival weekend to clear his corner store of overstocked items by hosting a sidewalk sale.

“The Arts & Wine Festival was really good for us,” he said, noting that he too experienced an uptick in sales and exposure from the event. “Our corner location (at State and First streets) is really good, too. We had people funneling into our location all weekend.”

Some merchants said the festival seemed similar to past years. Spot Pizza manager Jeff Gilmartin told the Town Crier that his eatery “saw a lot of foot traffic, which is always nice.” But he was hard-pressed to judge whether the crowd was larger than in previous years.

“We went through a lot of slices – a lot of grab-and-go food,” he said. “All in all, it went pretty smoothly … business as usual, as far as the (festival) goes.”

Dunaway said that even if some merchants didn’t see immediate results from the festival weekend, the event should pay off for them in the long run. Festival proceeds benefit LAVA members throughout the year in the form of advertising to encourage shoppers to visit downtown during the holiday season and other LAVA-sponsored events like the Holiday Stroll.

Oberhauser agreed, noting that the festival is the city’s most prominent chance to be discovered by thousands of visitors on one weekend.

“How often do you see this many people in downtown Los Altos?” he asked with a grin. “Two days per year – with this festival.”


2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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