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Los Altos Police nab alleged burglar, identity thief

Los Altos Police nab alleged burglar, identity thief

The Los Altos Police Department received a call from a local resident reporting a suspicious vehicle in the area of Lockhaven and Stonehaven drives in Los Altos at 9 a.m. Monday. The resident, who reported that his mail was possibly stolen, provided ...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Chi Am Circle, Chef Chu's prove 'golden': Club sets fundraising goal of $200K for March fashion show

Chi Am Circle, Chef Chu's prove 'golden': Club sets fundraising goal of $200K for March fashion show


Courtesy of Bev Harada
Chi Am Circle members, from left, Gerrye Wong, Sylvia Eng, Pearl Lee and Muriel Kao flank Larry Chu Sr. at the Jan. 31 event honoring the club’s 50th and Chef Chu’s 45th anniversaries.

Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos ho...

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Comment

Freedom's just another word: No Shoes, Please

It used to be that the word “freedom” held exclusively positive connotations for me, but now it’s really become a mixed bag. It all started in 2001 when President George W. Bush asked the question he felt was on the minds of most Americans regarding ...

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Special Sections

Filoli in bloom: Historic estate hosts  classes, events and tours

Filoli in bloom: Historic estate hosts classes, events and tours


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Scenes from Filoli: The historic estate in Woodside is a welcoming sanctuary for visitors. The grounds offer a rotating display of seasonal flowers, a tranquil reflecting pool and paths that wend through the 16-acre Engl...

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Business

Stock volatility still confusing

The market opened down more than 100 points Friday but by noon rose more than 130, the form of volatility that quickly draws investors’ attention. By week’s end, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial aver...

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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

CHRIS A. KENISON

CHRIS A. KENISON

Feb 13, 1945-Feb 6, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Chris was born in Georgia and moved to Oklahoma as a young child. He grew up there and moved to California in 1965. He developed a strong work ethic from his grandparents and parents. He attended the...

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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

'Park' in the hills

'Park' in the hills


courtesy of Foothill Music Theatre
Dot (Katie Nix) imagines her dream job as a follies dancer in the Foothill Music Theatre production of “Sunday in the Park with George.” The play runs through March 8.

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Su...

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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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Former resident Sharon Stouder Clark set the bar for female Olympians


Courtesy of the Clark family
Sharon Stouder Clark won three gold medals and a silver at the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo.

Former Los Altos resident and Olympian Sharon Stouder Clark died June 23 at 64. She competed in the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, where she won a silver and three gold medals.

Mrs. Stouder Clark won the 100-meter butterfly and swam one of the legs in both women’s winning relay teams. She earned a silver medal in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing narrowly behind the winner.

Mrs. Stouder Clark, who graduated from Stanford University in 1970, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972 and entered the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

After graduating from Stanford, she attended UC Santa Barbara’s education program and earned her teaching credential. She taught and coached swimming while studying there.

After completing her studies, Mrs. Stouder Clark traveled around the world, briefly living in New Zealand. Eventually, she returned to the Bay Area and settled in Los Altos, where she married Ken Clark and had daughter Kerry and son James.

She owned and operated Dash Leathers and Apparel, a women’s store, from 1979 to 2004. In 2004, she retired and moved to the Central California coast near Pismo Beach.

Mrs. Stouder Clark had the honor of lighting the torch to kick off the soccer portion of the 1984 Olympics at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. San Francisco Chronicle sports writer Art Rosenbaum wrote an article about the Opening Ceremony that was accompanied by a picture of Mrs. Stouder Clark lighting the torch.

She was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 along with Bill Walsh and John McEnroe.

Mrs. Stouder Clark participated in numerous events in support of the Stanford athletics department over the years. She was an active member and donor to the Stanford Cardinal Club until it merged with the Stanford Buck Club and she transferred her allegiance to it.

Mrs. Stouder Clark was featured in a Sept. 26, 2012, Town Crier article, which described her experience as a very young Olympian.

She is survived by her daughter Kerry Clark, son James Clark and sister Barbara Lockhart.

Memorial services were held Sunday at Shoup Park.

The family suggests honoring Mrs. Stouder Clark by making donations to the Buck/Cardinal Club Stanford Athletics Department, 641 E. Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-6150. Mark contributions “In Memory of Sharon Stouder Clark.”

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