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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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Letters to the Editor

Regulate traffic near Blach school

We reside in Los Altos. We are requesting that the rules in place for “No Drop-Offs” at Carmel Terrace/Altamead Drive be enforced.

Before the “No Drop-Off” signs were installed, the corner was horribly dangerous for those of us who reside on these two streets.

The parents of these schoolchildren are breaking the rules. It has just gotten worse in the past year.

There is no school on these two streets – Blach Intermediate School is on Covington Road. We are now asking that the rules be enforced and that the school have meetings with parents and notify them that they are to drop off and pick up their children at the school their children attend.

We would also like to see a traffic light go up at Covington Road and Miramonte Avenue.

Miramonte is a major link between Foothill Expressway and Highway 101. The wear and tear on our vehicles and the total waste of high-cost gas is inexcusable. It is total gridlock in that area, and a terrible waste of time and added frustration because the “community” sees it “differently.”

Miramonte is a major thoroughfare, and there is absolutely no excuse or reason for not having a traffic light at that very congested intersection.

We hope to see these issued addressed immediately.

L. Sunland

Los Altos

Weigh performance of students from all schools

I appreciated Tom Fernstermacher’s well-written letter to the editor regarding school choice (“What does school choice mean to you?” Town Crier, Oct. 30).

I personally am not an advocate of charter schools unless they are inherently intended to provide students from a disadvantaged community the same standards of education and teacher training as those provided in our high-performing districts.

How this charter school ever garnered support for its inception and what its true intent was has always baffled me. How many of the children that were pulled from public school to attend local private schools or the charter school resurfaced at Blach Intermediate or Egan Junior High to continue their education? Surely, the numbers are available.

Do the teachers at these junior high schools note any distinction between the two groups? It’s time for them to weigh in on this for an accurate representation between the various systems.

I am grateful for the talented teachers who lent a hand to shape our future/current doctors, lawyers, engineers, electricians, social entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, tradesmen, etc., that comprise our geographical area.  

Sandra Beges

Los Altos

Help stop unwanted phone calls

I have registered on the “Do Not Call” list, but I am still getting many calls from various businesses that want me to buy their products.

I am on full-time oxygen and have many medications to take during the day. It is very difficult when I get calls and have to stop my medications and remove all the equipment, answer the telephone and find out that it is just someone wanting to sell me something.

This makes life very difficult for me.

I am not in the market for any of the things they are pushing, and I really object to be subjected to this kind of harassment.

Please tell me how I can stop these annoying calls. Thank you in advance for your help.

Rosemary Panec

Los Altos

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