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UPDATED: Missing Los Altos High School student found

UPDATED at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 21: Mountain View Police report that Avendano is safe after being located in Los Angeles County.

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The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. Accordin...

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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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SYLVIA LARRIVA SWYRYD

OBIT SylviaSwyryd

Sylvia Larriva Swyryd passed away at her Los Altos home surrounded by family on August 18, 2013 at the age of 79 after a strong 4-year battle with multiple myeloma.

Born in Tucson, AZ to Evelyn and Genaro Amaldo Larriva on June 25, 1934, Sylvia graduated with a BA from the University of Arizona. After graduation, Sylvia travelled around the world before moving to the Bay Area, where she worked as a middle school teacher. Sylvia met the love of her life, Miroslav Swyryd, at a Palo Alto Unitarian Church social where Miro was the bass player in the band. Their first date was on a Sierra club hike in 1965, and they married within the year. Their marriage lasted 45 years until his passing in 2010.

Sylvia was passionate about politics, mind puzzles, music and singing, and animals, especially her cats. She is survived by her daughter Lyn Swyryd-Smith and son-in-law Michael Smith, grandchildren Sophia, Trevor, and Katarina, all of Palo Alto, CA; brother Lionel Larriva of Tucson, AZ; sister Victoria Larriva of Bisbee, AZ; and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Swyryd also of Palo Alto. Sylvia was predeceased by her husband and her brother Michael Larriva of Phoenix, AZ.

At her request, a celebration of her life will be held at her home on September 6 after a private inurnment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, donations to Unicef, League of Women Voters, or Palo Alto Animal Services are preferred.

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