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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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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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