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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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Police Blotter

Downtown business executive investigated for embezzlement

The financial officer of a Main Street business is being investigated for allegedly embezzling more than $450,000 of the employer’s funds.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer said the employer, located at 146 Main St., contacted police Thursday after making the discovery. The address currently houses several businesses.

Shearer, who declined to name the business in question because of the ongoing investigation, said the case has been forwarded to the law enforcement agency in the city where the suspect currently lives.

Injury accident/DUI

Sept. 22, 2:50 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Interstate 280: A motorist crashed into a sound wall after exiting Interstate 280 and crossing four lanes of Foothill Expressway. The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A California Highway Patrol officer later arrested the motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

DUI arrests

Sept. 20, 11:41 p.m., San Luis and El Monte avenues: A 26-year-old male motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after police initially pulled him over for a vehicle code violation. He was later cited and released from the Los Altos Police Station.

Sept. 21, 11:27 p.m., Grant Road and Morton Avenue: Police arrested a 23-year-old male motorist after he failed a field sobriety test during a traffic stop. He was later cited and released from the Los Altos Police Station.

Residential burglary

Sept. 19, 12:55 p.m., 900 block of North San Antonio Road: An unknown suspect

cut the lock of a condominium complex’s storage unit. Residents told police they were not aware of any items being stolen from the unit.

Major injury accident

Sept. 16, 8:26 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue: A four-car collision on Foothill Expressway resulted in three motorists being transported to a local hospital. The injured motorists complained of head, neck and back pains, according to police.

Burglary attempt

Sept. 16, 8:15 a.m., 4900 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect cut a hole into the hallway wall of a business complex, reached in and unlocked a deadbolt lock to a break into the room. The suspect ransacked the room but apparently did not steal anything, according to police.

– Diego Abeloos

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