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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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New start for nonprofit agency: CHAC schedules tours of miracle headquarters Friday


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Monique Kane stands outside CHAC’s new office.

Monique Kane, executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), was all smiles as she gave reporters a tour of the nonprofit agency’s new headquarters at 590 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View. Staff moved into the new offices in late June.

“It’s been an enormous help to the interns,” said Kane of the expanded workspace. “They can find quiet places. The new building is perfect for us – it’s professional yet warm and inviting. It is so much more spacious than our other site, giving us ample room to serve our clients. We will be able to offer more groups and classes due to (the availability of) several large spaces.”

And that’s important to the work of an agency that has been counseling and educating at-risk students and their families since 1973. The support, offered at low or no cost depending on financial ability, serves 33 K-12 local schools.

CHAC has scheduled an open house 5-7 p.m. Friday to enable local residents to tour the new facilities. The evening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, courtesy of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and remarks from Mountain View Mayor John Inks and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

The 7,330-square-foot building, acquired in a land swap with the Malek family, more than doubles the size of CHAC’s previous headquarters at 711 Church St. The Maleks eyed the Church Street building as vital to development of an adjacent office-condominium project at 605 Castro St.

Kane frequently refers to the new building as “The Miracle on El Camino.”

Gone are the cramped, overcrowded rooms. The new building boasts more than 20 offices, a conference room and a large training room that can accommodate up to 156 people. Colorful walls along the hallways feature the artwork of CHAC employees. A mural, painted earlier this year by current CHAC interns, brightens the far wall of a 12-stall underground parking garage.

For more information on Friday’s event, call Carrie Carsten at 965-2020, ext. 119, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on CHAC, visit chacmv.org.


CHAC moves into new office - Images by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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