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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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Local mayors upbeat on ’State of Cities’


Photo By: Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Clyde Noel/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck, from left, Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award winner Dan Brunello attend the “State of the Cities” event.

Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck offered progress reports on their respective communities at Friday’s “State of the Cities” event.

The annual affair, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, was typically upbeat. The large gathering at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills sang “Happy Birthday” to Fishpaw, who recently turned 26.

“(Residents) generally tell me they have things in their houses older than me,” he joked.

Fishpaw listed Los Altos’ recent achievements, including an updated sewer master plan and improved public outreach. He noted three streetscape projects underway along San Antonio Road and First Street and another at Homestead Road to improve bicycle and pedestrian access.

Other sources of pride include Los Altos’ designation as one of the safest cities of its size and its status as a hub for 1,900 electric vehicles. If Los Altos were a state, Fishpaw said, its electric-vehicle total would rank sixth in the country. The city recently installed three charging stations to service the vehicles.

Waldeck noted three Los Altos Hills projects undertaken this year: an Adobe Creek restoration effort at Edith Park, with help from students at Gardner Bullis School; a Fremont Road bike and pedestrian improvement project featuring an upgraded pathway and separation of the path from the road; and an Arastradero Trail improvement project set for completion in October.

Waldeck praised the cadre of “passionate” volunteers who serve on various town committees and participate in the town’s comprehensive emergency preparedness program.

The “State of the Cities” luncheon featured presentation of the 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award to Dan Brunello, owner of Le Boulanger. The award is given annually to a business owner who exemplifies community involvement and shows “impeccable ethics, integrity and honesty,” according to presenter and last year’s winner Kamrin Knight Desmond.

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