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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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New Morning Forum lecture series announced

The Morning Forum of Los Altos has announced its lineup of speakers for the 64th annual lecture series.

The fall/winter lineup:

• Oct. 1: Michael Kirst, Ph.D. President of the California State Board of Education since 2011, Kirst will speak on “State Policy to Implement Common Core Standards in Education: It Changes Almost Everything.”

• Oct. 15: Philip Yun, J.D. Yun, executive director and chief operating officer of the Ploughshares Fund, will outline “The North Korea Problem.”

• Nov. 5: Francine Segan. Segan is a food historian, frequent contributor to the Food Network and author of seven cookbooks. Segan will discuss “Dolci: Italy’s Sweets.”

• Nov. 19: Bill Coleman. Los Altos resident Coleman will address “The Challenges of Cyber Security: National and Personal.” He is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, chairman and CEO of Resilient Network Systems.

• Dec. 3: Alan Hess. Hess, an architect, historian and architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News, will speak on “Historic Sprawl: A History of California Suburbia.”

• Jan. 21: Jill Carroll, Ph.D. Carroll, founder of the Amazing Faiths Project, will discuss “The Challenges of Religious Tolerance.”

The Morning Forum of Los Altos, an all-volunteer organization of 450 members, presents 16 speakers during the year. Its mission is “Giving and receiving opinions with an open-minded and tolerant attitude.”

Lectures are scheduled 10:15-11:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays during the academic year at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only series. Single speaker tickets are not sold.

For more information, email Barbara Mordo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit morningforum.org.

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