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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Comment

Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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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

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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Are out-of-state visitors legally allowed to drive in California?

Q: My mother and brother are coming to visit from New York next month for three weeks. I’m worried that they won’t be able to drive themselves around when I’m at work. She has a valid New York driver license, and my brother, who is 16, just obtained his New York license. Will this be enough for them to drive in California?

A: In your mother’s case, visitors over age 18 with a valid driver license from their home state or country will be allowed to drive without getting a California driver license. However, because your brother is a provisional driver under age 18, he will only be allowed to drive for the first 10 days of his visit using his New York license. After the 10-day period, he will need a California driver license or a Nonresident Minor’s Certificate, issued by the DMV to a minor who has provided proof of financial responsibility. Visit dmv.ca.gov and click the “Online Services” tab to make an appointment.

Q: I haven’t been to the DMV in a while, and I recently received a letter to renew my driver license and was told I could do it online. But I would like to take a new picture because I’ve lost more than 40 pounds by exercising and look a lot different on my DMV picture. What do I need to do, and how much will a new license cost me?

A: If you want to have a new picture taken, you need to visit a field office. Make an appointment for faster service by visiting dmv.ca.gov or calling (800) 777-0133. Bring your driver license renewal letter with you. Field office employees will administer a vision test and take an electronic thumbprint and new photo. Because you are eligible to renew online, you should not be required to take a written test.

Depending on the class of driver license you possess, the renewal fees can vary. Your renewal notice shows the fees required.

Check your address before you leave the DMV and notify a DMV representative if your address is incorrect. You will be issued an interim license valid for 60 days until you receive your new driver license in the mail.

Q: My wife and I would like to obtain a California ID card for our daughter, who just turned 18 months. Can a baby or toddler apply for a California ID? Will a DMV employee take her photo or should I bring one?

A: To obtain a California Identification card for a minor, you will need the child’s certified birth certificate. Check with the county clerk-recorder or office of vital records to obtain a birth certificate.

Once you have the required documents, visit a DMV office. The parent or guardian will need to fill out an Identification Card Application (DL 44) and check the Original ID Card box. Make sure you know the child’s height and weight when filling out the application. You also must provide the child’s Social Security number.

Next, your child’s thumbprint will be captured electronically and his or her picture taken. You should receive your child’s new California ID card within 30-60 days.

Q: Is it true that minors are never allowed to use cellphones when driving, even with a hands-free device?

A: That is correct. It is against the law for a minor to use a cellphone while driving, even one equipped with a hands-free device. Drivers under 18 are allowed to use their cellphones only when the vehicle is safely stopped or parked. Minors violating the law are subject to fines.

There is one exception to the law: A minor may use a cellphone in an emergency situation to contact law enforcement, a health-care provider, the fire department or another emergency entity.

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