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Hills council strikes down proposed moratorium on substandard lots

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Wednesday (June 3) struck down a proposed 45-day moratorium on substandard lot development.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilmember John Radford cast dissenting votes opposing the moratoriu...

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Schools

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos ...

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Community

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research


Courtesy of Joseph Faria
Supporters of last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View include, from left, Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele and Dominic, Eileen and Joseph Faria. The Los Altos Relay For Life is sla...

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Sports

Right  on track

Right on track


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High sophomore Rachael Estell leaps for the win in the girls long jump Friday at the CCS championships.

As far as locals go, the underclassmen overshadowed the seniors at the Central Coast Section track ...

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Comment

Coffee with cops? We'll drink to that: Editorial

The recent “Coffee with a Cop” event proved a good public relations move for the Los Altos Police Department. It also provided a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and converse with several officers, including the police chief, in an in...

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Special Sections

Deciphering the irksome sounds cars often make

Ahh – the troublesome, telltale auto noise. It’s that squeak, screech, squeal, groan, grind, hum, hiss, rattle, knock, clicking or ticking that drives drivers crazy.

Even with all the technology in modern cars, the sounds our cars make t...

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Business

Local couple launches downtown restaurant

Local couple launches downtown restaurant


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Turn Bar & Grill crew prepares for the restaurant’s impending opening.

Jim and Julie Otis are prepared to realize their longtime dream.

The couple – lifelong Los Altos residents – wanted to ensure ...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

     

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), ...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Harper Pitt (Sophia Naylor) describes her life to Joe Pitt (Dan Martin) in “Angels in America,” playing in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College through June 14.

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s produ...

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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

Community Briefs

Lecture covers Bulgari exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to deliver an illustrated lecture on Bulgari jewelry 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Payne’s presentation will complement “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950-1990,” the exhibition featured at San Francisco’s de Young Museum Saturday through Feb. 17.

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. There are approximately 140 show-stopping pieces along with sketches that illuminate the process used to create the jewels. American clients are emphasized, with several pieces from the collection of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

For more information on the lecture, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org.

LALE highlights high-tech library tools

To introduce cardholders to its resources, the Los Altos Library Endowment (LALE) has scheduled its first After Hours at the Library program, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” 7-9 p.m. Friday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Director Sandra Hirsh of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University will discuss “Library Technology: Connecting with the Community.”

In addition to the discussion, library staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate new technologies and resources available to library users, including The Whipple Collection (the complete collection of the Teaching Company’s Great Courses available for checkout) and a new early-literacy program in the children’s area using iPads.

Librarians and LALE board members will be available to offer explanations and answer questions in each of the demonstration areas.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For reservations, call 948-3421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit lalendow.org.

Historic Bike Tour rides again

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the second Historic Bike Tour of Los Altos 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday beginning at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The 8-mile tour will cover various local points of interest and include stops at nearly two dozen of the city’s historical sites and homes. Riders can learn the stories behind the sites and their significance. The tour finishes back at the museum for lunch.

The tour will stop at the old Farnsworth Farms House, the Winchester-Merriman House and the Paul Shoup House. Riders will also view the new David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters.

Participants should bring their own water. Restroom facilities will be available at the museum and at approximately the halfway point. A bike mechanic will be on duty during the ride. A signed waiver of liability is required upon registration.

Cost is $20 per person, free for children under 18. Proceeds benefit GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos History Museum.

To register, visit historicbiketour2013.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit losaltoshistory.org.

Federated Woman’s Club hosts author Chapman

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled author Robin Chapman to speak at its Oct. 2 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2970 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m.

Chapman, author of “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley” (History Press, 2013), is a Los Altos native and graduate of Los Altos High School.

Armed with a scholarship from the Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos, she headed to UC Santa Barbara, where she graduated with high honors.

Chapman earned a master’s degree in journalism from UCLA and worked as a television reporter and anchor on the West Coast and in Washington, D.C., where she covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court.

Chapman’s book pays tribute to the apricot and its historical significance to the region.

Admission is open to the public, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call 948-3553.

Pathways breakfast features ‘Argo’ author

Pathways Home Health & Hospice has scheduled its 23rd annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Keynote speaker Tony Mendez is a retired CIA agent and author of “Argo,” the book that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie.

Tickets are $100.

For tickets and more information, call (408) 730-1200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Honorees sought for awards banquet

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee invites local organizations to nominate volunteers for the 2013 awards.

Nominees must be individuals or organizations whose volunteer service benefited the communities of Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills. The nominating form must be completed and accompanied by a minimum of two supporting letters of recommendation.

The awards committee will select the honorees and by mid-November notify those who submitted nominations. Luncheon invitations will be sent out the first week in November.

The committee is scheduled to honor the winners Dec. 13 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 13.

For more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

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