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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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Comment

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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Local school's crossing guard arrested for burglary


Los Altos Police arrested a Loyola School crossing guard last week for allegedly stealing three laptops from a classroom.

Police arrested San Jose resident Nathaniel Burpee, 24, Thursday for burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest – he apparently didn’t go willingly. Spotted by police at a bus stop on El Camino Real, Burpee reportedly led police on a brief foot chase. Burpee was on parole at the time of his arrest and was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Fred Bridgewater, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections’ Regional Parole Division, told the Town Crier that Burpee was on parole for burglary at the time of his arrest. Bridgewater did not provide any additional details on Burpee’s previous burglary arrest.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, last week’s chain of events leading to Burpee’s arrest began when a Loyola teacher found him in a classroom earlier in the day. When questioned about his presence in the classroom, Burpee allegedly told the teacher that he was meeting a school administrator there. A short time later, Shearer said, the teacher discovered three laptops missing from the classroom and contacted police at approximately 9 a.m.

After interviewing the teacher at the scene, investigators contacted Burpee’s supervisor, who told police that Burpee made contact and wanted to return some items he took from the school – albeit without police involvement. Police, in turn, issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Burpee to officers in the field and neighboring agencies.

Less than two hours after school officials contacted authorities, a Los Altos Police officer spotted Burpee at the bus stop in front of Whole Foods Market on El Camino Real, Shearer said. Upon spotting police – including those from Mountain View assisting at the scene – Burpee took off on foot, according to Shearer. He added that officers chased the suspect through a construction site on Sherwood Avenue before apprehending him, but not before “a brief struggle.”

Background checks

In May, the Los Altos City Council approved a new two-year contract agreement with All City Management Services (ACMS), the agency responsible for vetting and supplying crossing guards to the city since 2007. The city and the Los Altos School District jointly fund the program at a shared cost of approximately $120,000 per year.

According to a staff report on the contract agreement, services that ACMS provides to the city include “recruitment, background clearance, hiring, training, payroll, supervision and program management.”

A call to ACMS seeking comment on Burpee’s arrest was not returned before the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Burpee appears to be related to Todd David Burpee, who in 2009 was convicted of kidnapping and assaulting a Gunn High School student two years earlier. A 2006 Palo Alto Weekly article on Todd Burpee referenced his younger brother, Nate Burpee; both men graduated from Palo Alto high schools.

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