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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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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 app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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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.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s 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...

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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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Yellow-fever mosquito lands in Bay Area


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The Santa Clara County Vector Control District uses traps to catch and subsequently monitor mosquitoes for yellow fever and West Nile virus.

Just as the local mosquito season comes to an end, a rare type of the insect has surfaced nearby. A yellow-fever mosquito was found Aug. 23 in Menlo Park, according to local county vector control districts.

With origins in Africa, the Aedes aegypti – or yellow-fever mosquito – is approximately 1/4-inch long with a black and white body. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials noted that the species is most active two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset and can even hide in closets during the day. By transmitting the virus from one human or mammal to the next via bites, the species can spread dengue fever and yellow fever. Fresno and Madera counties also identified yellow-fever mosquitoes this summer, but no symptoms of infection were reported in humans.

“It’s important to note that the current risk of disease transmission from this mosquito is extremely low,” said San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow in a press release. “But we must make every effort to eradicate this mosquito and not allow it to establish itself here to prevent future disease transmission risk.”

The species quickly adapts to new environments, according to CDC officials. Vector control and area agencies responded quickly to eliminate the yellow-fever mosquito threat. In addition to deploying traps to capture adult mosquitoes and mosquito eggs, local agencies conducted door-to-door canvassing near the source in Menlo Park. Such efforts were successful in eradicating the yellow-fever mosquito at the San Francisco Airport in 1979, the last time officials detected the species in the area.

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District encourages residents to protect themselves from bites by wearing long-sleeved clothing and applying insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or eucalyptus and lemon oil. Vector control officers also request that homeowners eliminate standing water that could expand the mosquito population and make sure that doors and windows are tightly sealed.

It is much more common for mosquitoes to transmit West Nile virus during the local mosquito season, which typically ends in September. California is experiencing an especially active West Nile virus season, with 87 human cases of the mosquito-transmitted disease reported in 23 counties this year. As of Friday, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District completed eight mosquito foggings in San Jose – a procedure completed when infected mosquitoes are found near dead birds, squirrels or other animals that test positive for West Nile. Although vector control confirmed that no dead birds or mosquitoes from Los Altos tested positive for the disease as of last month, a Santa Clara County woman in July became the first county resident to contract the virus since 2011.

For updates and more information, call the Santa Clara Vector Control District at (408) 918-4770 or visit sccgov.org/sites/vector.

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