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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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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 appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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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.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers 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 you to spen...

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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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A reason to ride: The Bicycle Outfitter hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Ride


Photos courtesy of Bicycle Outfitters
The Bicycle Outfitter’s Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride draws more than 200 cyclists annually. Riders often display the names of loved ones affected by the disease.

A horde of cyclists will soon gather in Los Altos to ride for a worthy cause.

The Bicycle Outfitter, located at 963 Fremont Ave., is scheduled to host its sixth annual “Ride for Cause,” the Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Oct. 12. The fundraising ride benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Cyclists riding the 50-mile route start at 8 a.m., the 25-mile route begins at 9 a.m. and the 10-mile riders leave at 10 a.m.

The Los Altos store is one of approximately 100 Trek Bicycle dealers that host the ride nationwide.

“It’s the biggest event we have all year,” said Dave Prion, the store’s general manager. “It’s for a great cause, and I do get people who will stop me at the grocery store, for instance, and thank me for doing it.”

Prion noted that the local event typically draws 200 or more cyclists and raises approximately $6,000 annually. The store has placed fifth (out of 100) in fund-raising and attendance each year. This year’s riding fee, the bulk of the funds contributed to the cause, is $30 per cyclist.

The Los Altos ride is unique in that it features a 50-mile ride, in addition to the 10- and 25-mile routes typically offered by other participating Trek dealers. Detailed maps of the three routes are available on the store’s website.

Prion said it’s common to see riders display the names of breast cancer survivors and victims on participants’ racing jerseys.

“This is not just about raising money,” he said. “It’s about the camaraderie. … This is about bringing people together.”

The day includes a complimentary lunch provided by Tom’s Depot, a raffle with prizes donated by The Bicycle Outfitters’ vendors and Loyola Corners’ merchants Allied Auto Works and Los Altos Health & Fitness.

To register and for more information, visit bicycleoutfitter.com.

For more information on the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit bcrfcure.org.

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