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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 be t...

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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

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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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


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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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

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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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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A pitch-perfect performance


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

St. Francis High pitcher Michael Strem threw a perfect game in the Lancers’ playoff opener against Monta Vista last week.

In last week’s Central Coast Section Division I playoff opener, Michael Strem pitched the first perfect game in St. Francis High baseball history. Now he wants to help the Lancers accomplish something they haven’t done in recent history.

It’s been 12 years since St. Francis last won a section title.

“At the start of the season, our goal was to win CCS,” said Strem, who needed only 66 pitches to complete his rare feat in the 2-0 win over Monta Vista May 15, “and we’re halfway there.”

Top-seeded St. Francis (27-4) can get a step closer to that goal with a win in today’s semifinal against No. 5 Palo Alto (18-15), scheduled 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.

Strem is scheduled to be on the mound for the Lancers, who beat Paly 3-1 Feb. 23. The senior, who didn’t pitch that day, expects the Vikings to be a formidable foe.

“They’re a good overall team,” he said. “We’ve got to play well to beat them.”

While the righty knows he can’t top his perfect game – the first of his baseball career – Strem said Sunday, “I’m ready to go.”

He made such quick work of 16th-seeded Monta Vista that his arm felt good enough to pitch in relief Saturday. He threw five pitches to get the final out in the 3-0 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Valley Christian. Starter John Gavin earned the win, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

Strem struck out eight in his gem, scoreless until the sixth. That’s when the Boston College-bound pitcher started thinking he could achieve perfection.

“I couldn’t really focus on it until we scored, which was a relief,” Strem said. “Taking the lead gave me more adrenaline because we were in position to win.”

Mark Cardinalli drove in both runs for the Lancers in a game Strem won’t soon forget.

“I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” he said. “It was special.”

Eagles ousted in opener

Although Los Altos didn’t go far in the CCS Division II playoffs – losing Thursday’s opener 10-0 at No. 5 Willow Glen – first-year coach Donnie Ecker said just getting there was an accomplishment under the circumstances.

“If you would have told me I was going to lose my three top pitchers – Lambie Lanman, Matt Bicker and Nick Ni – to season-ending injuries, and I was going to have one senior in our program, but (we) were going to make CCS, I would have said, ‘No way,” he said.

James Oleson took the loss for the Eagles (16-15), who totaled four hits, two by Steven McLean.

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