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News

Candidates finalized for schools, councils

Candidates finalized for schools, councils


Election season is officially in full swing, as eligible candidates for various city council and school district seats met Friday’s filing deadline set by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

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Schools

Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll

Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll


Courtesy of Kobad Bugwadia
Mathnasium’s fourth-grade participants, from left, Jenna Haynie, Maelle Allanic, Tanish Gupta, Hamza Raza and David Chan, join instructors to celebrate their achievements in the tutoring center’s national TriMathlon this ...

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Community

Back to School: Tips, kits and a poem

Back to School: Tips, kits and a poem

Los Altos teachers are readying their rooms this week for the coming onslaught of students, and parents are digging back out lunch boxes and pencil cases (do we still use those?) And here in the newsroom, Town Crier writers offered a slate of back-to...

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Sports

Tyler Johnson: From hills to Heat

Tyler Johnson: From hills to Heat


Courtesy of NBAE/Getty Images
Shooting guard Tyler Johnson, a St. Francis High graduate from Mountain View, signed with the Miami Heat last week.

Signed by the Miami Heat as an undrafted free agent last week, rookie Tyler Johnson faces an uphill ba...

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Comment

Really, why the, eh, consolidation?

The recent merger (consolidation?) of the newly formed Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) and the 14-year-old civic organization Los Altos Neighborhood Network (LANN) left us puzzled.

A July 28 press release, which did not state plainly that the merger fol...

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Special Sections

Globetrotting – one glass at a time

Globetrotting – one glass at a time


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Take a tour of the world from your own picnic table with a selection of regional wines, above. Argentina’s white wines, left, pair well with a choriza pizza (see recipe on page 35).

I’m taking a...

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Business

Torrey Pines Bank names regional president

Torrey Pines Bank names regional president


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Torrey Pines Bank recently named Fred Voss its regional president for the Bay Area. The bank has branches at 20 First St. in Los Altos, above, and in Oakland and Southern California.

Torrey Pines Bank last week appointed ...

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Books

People

SHERRY DYCE BARBA

SHERRY DYCE BARBA

Sherry Dyce Barba, dear wife of Peter Barba, and a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2014, at The Forum, in Cupertino. She was surrounded by loving family members and visited continuously in her last weeks by a legi...

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Travel

Bergama bound: A visit to newest World Heritage site

Bergama bound: A visit to newest World Heritage site


Photo Eren GÖknar/ Special to the Town Crier
The amphitheater in Turkey’s ancient city of Pergamon, now known as Bergama, overlooks the Bakirçay River valley, left. The city’s ruins also include the Temple of Trajan.

It was 90 F during t...

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Stepping Out

No ‘Water’ shortage in Mtn. View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Elliot (Miles Gaston Villanueva) struggles to understand Odessa’s (Zilah Mendoza) online activity in TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful....

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Former camper laments loss of nature program: Guest Opinion


Close your eyes and think back to that one remarkable camp experience you wished could last forever, where you met new people and discovered things you didn’t know about yourself. How quickly would you decide to relive it?

I remember my camp experience 10 years ago at Redwood Grove Nature Camp as if it were yesterday. Keith Gutierrez led the camp, enlightening campers about the towering redwoods and the ways the Ohlone Indians survived off the land in years past.

“Ranger Keith” had an enthusiasm for nature that cannot be replicated. Once he left Redwood Grove in 2008, the camp lacked the magic he brought to it.

Gutierrez has worked as a nature guide, teacher and enthusiast for more than 34 years, showing children all over the Bay Area how to stay in touch with and appreciate nature and past cultures. In addition to his time at Redwood Grove, he has worked at Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm, sharing his passion for nature with tens of thousands of children.

Gutierrez now organizes school presentations and oversees summer camps. For the past five years, I have been a camp counselor at his A Touch of the Earth Summer Day Camps, where I have been able to relive and replay my childhood memories.

In recent years, attendance at the camps has declined, and there is now a possibility that this institution of learning could disappear and the experience I had when I was young could end.

Please join me in the fight to help save Gutierrez’ nature camps. As we become a more technologically crazed society, we begin to lose touch with nature and all it has to offer.

A former camper recently wrote to Gutierrez about how his experiences at nature camps shaped who he is today:

“... Thank you for giving me such an amazing opportunity to attend camp at Redwood Grove. You provided me with my favorite camp experience of my childhood, and I have not and will never forget the joy of running free through the creek and eating the succulent blackberries.

“My last year as a camper also turned out to be your last year as caretaker, and now that I’m working for the city as a counselor, I see just how much has changed ... Even though the kids I see every week will never be as lucky to be shown nature through your eyes, I was lucky enough to be given that privilege, and for that I cannot thank you enough.”

Nico Noriega attends Archbishop Mitty High School.

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