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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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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

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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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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Mtn. View Briefs

MV selects new economic manager

The city of Mountain View appointed Alejandro (Alex) Andrade economic development manager, effective Sept. 20. Andrade replaces Ellis M. Berns, Mountain View’s long-serving economic development manager, who retired at the close of 2012.

“Alex’s experience has given him a unique range of skills that will greatly benefit Mountain View,” said City Manager Dan Rich. “Economic development is important to the city’s fiscal sustainability. I am confident that Alex will be able to build strong relationships with the business community.”

Andrade brings more than 13 years of economic development, business recruitment and retention experience. He previously served as program officer for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Screening of ‘Bully’ film scheduled

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled a free screening of the documentary “Bully” 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ Second Stage, 500 Castro St.

The event, open to youth 13 and up, parents, teachers and youth program providers, is slated in honor of National Bully Prevention Month.

More than 13 million children nationwide are bullied every year, according to the Bully Project, making it the most common form of violence experienced by youth.

“Bully,” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, shines light on the topic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five children and their families.

Following the screening, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Community Health Awareness Council will facilitate a question-and-answer session.

Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call the city of Mountain View Recreation Division at 903-6331 or visit facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation.

MV CERT stages drill Sunday

Several hundred members of Mountain View’s Community Emergency Response Team are scheduled to host a citywide drill 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

According to Lynn Brown, Mountain View’s Office of Emergency Services coordinator, the semiannual exercise engages neighborhood CERT groups in simulated emergency scenarios that sharpen their communications skills.

To date, more than 1.000 residents have graduated from the city’s CERT program.

During the drill, volunteers from seven or eight neighborhoods will assess their areas for damages that could result from a major winter storm and submit reports to the Emergency Operations Center at the Mountain View Fire Station.

Brown said participating ham radio operators would employ packet-switching technology to transmit email-like reports to the center.

For more information or to join CERT, visit ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/fire/programs_n_services/cert.asp.

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