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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Guido wins twice on golf course at chamber tourney


Courtesy of Julie Rose
The winning foursome at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament included, from left, Martin Nguyen, Kurtis Ferchau, Mike Guido and Joerg Ferchau.

Last week’s 24th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament proved to be a win-win event for Mike Guido. He was part of the winning foursome and also placed first in the longest-drive contest.

Guido, Joerg Ferchau, Kurtis Ferchau and Martin Nguyen combined to post the best score in the scramble-format tournament, held Aug. 5 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Efficient Drivetrains Inc. sponsored the foursome.

A foursome sponsored by Zoom Imaging – Chris Clark, Joe Power, Kevin Jarvis and Matt Castaneda – finished second.

Later, Guido and Jaclyn Campi each took home a prize for hitting the longest drive among the men and women, respectively.

Susanna Pau and Cary Liu placed first in the two-person best-ball category. Ruth Chu and Larry Chu came in second.

Ron Carrie won the closest-to-the-pin contest, while Ken Haukom took home the prize for the most accurate drive.

Sandy Wihtol and Ray Skitt putted unsuccessfully for the $5,000 putting contest prizes.

Courtyard by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos was title sponsor of the event. Silver Sponsors included: Armadillo Willy’s BBQ; Campi Properties Inc.; Casas Riley & Simonian LLP; Chef Chu’s; EverBank; Intero Real Estate Services; Los Altos Optometric Group; May Construction Inc.; Mission Trail Waste Systems Inc.; Rees Properties Inc.; Residence Inn by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos; Sereno Group Real Estate; and Torrey Pines Bank. Le Boulanger donated boxed lunches and Whole Foods Market and Gordon Biersch Brewery supplied refreshments on the golf course.

“We are pleased with the generous support we get from the business community for this annual fundraiser,” tournament chairman Brian Whitlock said.

Two hole-in-one prizes went unclaimed – a Mercedes-Benz sponsored by HammerAuto.com and a Baume & Mercier timepiece sponsored by Gleim Jewelers. State Farm Insurance/Jim Flynn and Al Ward sponsored the putting and longest-drive contests, while Adobe Animal Hospital was the cart sponsor.

Last week’s event included a barbecue buffet, followed by an award presentation, silent auction and several prize drawings.

Tournament proceeds support the chamber’s primary core functions of encouraging a strong local economy and promoting the communities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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