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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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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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