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Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

May 19, 7:08 a.m., 900 block of Berry Avenue: Sometime overnight, an unknown suspect broke through a garage window and stole a $3,000 bicycle.

May 19, 4:31 p.m., 1 block of South El Monte Avenue: Sometime during the workday, ...

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Schools

Preschool matriarch steps down

Preschool matriarch steps down


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Children’s Center Preschool Director Non Mead sits beside her granddaughter, Greta Germack, during Greta’s birthday celebration.

Non Mead is the quintessential grandmother. Wise and warm, she ties shoelaces with a song, ...

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Community

Community Briefs

Discovery Shop celebrates 50 years

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is scheduled to celebrate its 50th anniversary June 5-7 at 243 Main St., Los Altos.

The event will feature volunteers in 1960s-style clothing, a 1965 Cobra in front of th...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

State meet on track for June 5-6 in Clovis

The California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships are scheduled June 5 and 6 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis. Preliminaries are slate...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Call moratorium on art in parks

One humble request for the Los Altos Public Arts Commission and City Council regarding pending public “art development” projects:

There is so little public green space in our town. May we please agree to ...

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Special Sections

Past meets present in Los Altos home

Past meets present in Los Altos home


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Stephanie and Chris Dauer’s Los Altos home, above, looks like a quaint cottage but boasts many 21st century amenities on the inside.

The past and the present meld in the Cotswold-style home of Stephanie and Chris Da...

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Business

Preteen entrepreneur adds scents to downtown business

Preteen entrepreneur adds scents to downtown business


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Laila Bahman showcases her products, now available for purchase at The Girls @ Los Altos downtown.

It all began when Laila Bahman couldn’t sleep.

The 11-year-old Covington School student and her younger sister were...

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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

GUY WILSON SHOUP

Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Lo...

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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

Singer Whitfield to perform benefit concert Sunday at Bus Barn Theater

Cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield is scheduled to return to Bus Barn Theater 5 p.m. Sunday to perform a benefit concert for Los Altos Stage Company.

Whitfield’s husband – pianist and arranger Mike Greensill – and bass player Dean Reil...

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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

Mtn. View Briefs

MV Apps Challenge offers $2K prize

The city of Mountain View’s Apps Challenge offers $2,000 for the best smartphone app to improve the community.

Through June 1, residents 14 years old and older can submit app ideas on any smart-device platform at ...

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Letter to the Editor

Letter favoring BCS deemed ‘offensive’

Rajiv Bhateja’s letter regarding support for a bond in favor of Bullis Charter School is extremely offensive to the bulk of this community who sent/send their children to the outstanding public schools that make up the Los Altos School District (“Resident supports bond because of charter school,” Oct. 2).

Mr. Bhateja states that he has “an affiliation with neither,” but perhaps he’d be interested to note that a number of students from our excellent public schools go on to universities like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, etc. Perhaps he would be interested to note that the Los Altos School District has educated doctors, lawyers, engineers, venture capitalists, accountants, actors and CEOs.

This does not mean that I do not believe that Bullis Charter School is valuable to our community. It has proven itself to be a very fine school. However, the charter school does not act like a district school in any way, other than that it receives funding from the district and uses district facilities.

The charter school expects the district to bend to its demands and continues to weaken the already scarce financial educational resources by engaging in lawsuit after lawsuit.

It will be interesting to see how much support the charter school would receive in a bond measure. Either the community will learn that it must continue to bow down to the charter school or the charter school will learn to rein in its expectations to more resemble a semipublic school within the excellent public school district.

Rebecca Hayman

Los Altos

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