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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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A day of riveting races


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Delaney Rasmussen, 7, raises the red flag at the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race. Delaney’s mom is a member of the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, which helps organize the event.

While it’s still uncertain exactly how many people took part in the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race – the event organizer’s estimate varied considerably from the race director’s – all agreed that the July 14 fundraiser was a success.

“The weather was perfect for an afternoon of racing,” said organizer Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill’s director of facilities and special projects. “No major injuries and a good turnout, about 300 racers.”

Race director Chris Twiggs – who put the number of participants at 374 – said, “The races were very competitive. Every event from the juniors (boys/girls 10/12) all the way up to our women’s and men’s top races had their own story.”

Of the 12 events held on the 1.09-mile loop course around the Los Altos Hills campus, the Men’s Elite Pro Category 1/2 race “had one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen in a long time,” according to Twiggs. Robert Evans of Scotts Valley overtook San Francisco’s James Enright just before the finish line.

Enright “was doing an early victory celebration,” Twiggs said, when Evans passed him “at the last minute to take first place. It was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time.”

Los Altos resident Matthew Abdalah finished 10th in the race, one of the most competitive of the day. Other local residents who placed among the top 10 in a race: Sara Bird of Los Altos (third, Women’s Category 1/2); Dan Tedford of Mountain View (fourth, Men’s Category 1/2/3, Masters 35-39); Yvonne Walbroehl of Mountain View (ninth, Women’s Category 3); and Thomas Dillon of Los Altos Hills (10th, Men’s Category 3).

Dubbed “The Learning Curve,” the circuit race is a joint effort (Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club) to raise money to construct a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus.

At press time, Davis-Visas was not sure how much money this year’s event raised. But without a major sponsor and having raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, it’s a safe bet Foothill remains a long way from the $700,000 needed to construct the first leg of the path.

“(We’re) hoping to increase spectator participation and community involvement in the future,” Davis-Visas said.


Foothill College Circuit Race - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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