Tue01272015

Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Volunteers gather to aid in fight against genetic spinal disease


Courtesy of Marge Shively
Members of Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy gather annually to support fundraisers by preparing mailings. This year’s group includes, front, from left: Nancy Cook, Marge Shively, Keiko Hayashi, Linda Thomason and Irene Ogawa; back: Ann Roper, Pat Wolff, Annemarie Rosengreen and Don McCauley.

For the past 12 years, local volunteers have banded together annually to prepare mailings in support of fundraisers for Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Los Altos resident Marge Shively organized the nonprofit group after her daughter Linda’s daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

SMA is a genetic disease that destroys the nerves that control voluntary movement, which can prevent affected children from crawling, walking or, in severe cases, even lifting their heads. Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy aims to provide information, guidance, encouragement and hope to families with a loved one suffering from SMA.

This year’s mailing includes the announcement of the 11th annual Northern California Walk-n-Roll across America, scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Aug. 24 in Golden Gate Park. Last year’s Walk-n-Roll raised more than $115,000 with the aid of a matching grant.

“Eleven years ago we started this walk when my daughter Jessica was one and a half years old,” Linda said. “I couldn’t sit back and do nothing. I wanted to make a difference – and make a difference we have.”

Linda offered thanks to those who continue to support Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

“Significant progress has been made in research toward finding a treatment and a cure for SMA,” she said.

To donate, make checks payable to FSMA and mail to FSMA, PO Box 3831, Los Altos 94024.

For more information, call Marge Shively at 948-3192 or visit smanorcal.org.

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