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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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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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Kim captures Calif. Women's Amateur title

Lauren Kim said her four weeks in Korea to start the summer could be the longest she’s gone without playing golf since taking up the game. But it wasn’t intentional – the Los Altos resident lugged her clubs, only to discover she was staying far from the nearest course.

“I was in the middle of a city and didn’t have a car,” said Kim, who was there to take classes and learn the language. “I was able to swing, but I didn’t get to hit many balls.”

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When she returned at the end of July, the Los Altos High graduate realized there was a payoff to the layoff.

“I came back refreshed and more motivated,” said Kim, entering her sophomore year at Stanford University.

A month later – playing her first tournament in more than two months – Kim won the 47th annual California Women’s Amateur Championship. Kim edged Tiffany Lim of San Jose in the match-play final, rallying from 4 down Aug. 27 at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Kim had never played in the five-day event, which attracts top amateurs from throughout the state and beyond.

“I didn’t expect to make the final,” she said. “I was using (the tourney) to see where I was and what I needed to work on more. It was a pleasant surprise.”

After two solid rounds of stroke play, Kim survived 36 holes of match play each of the next two days to reach the final.

“Putting was kind of rough – the greens are really tricky – but overall it was a really good week,” she said. “I felt good about my ability to execute shots when I needed them.”

Kim needed plenty of those shots toward the end of the final against Lim, whom she considers a good friend. Kim was 4 down with six holes remaining.

“I was running out of holes and out of time,” Kim said. “I was thinking, ‘Now is the time to do something.’”

Kim gained ground on the next hole, shooting par on No. 13 while Lim bogeyed. Kim bagged birdies on the following two holes – both of which Lim parred – and birdied 17 to tie the match. Both players bogeyed the 18th, forcing an extra hole to determine the winner.

The 37th hole of the day proved to be the last. Kim shot par on No. 1; Lim bogeyed.

“My last putt to win it was pretty special,” Kim said of the 5- to 6-footer. “When I was standing over it, I knew what was on the line, and I made it.”

With summer winding down, Kim is preparing to return to Stanford and embark on her second season with the golf team. The Cardinal’s first event was scheduled this week in Tulsa, Okla. – nearly two weeks before classes begin at Stanford.

“I’m excited to get started,” Kim said.

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