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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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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

TERESA MARGARET HURLEY

OBIT TeresaMargaretHurley1
OBIT TeresaMargaretHurley2

1927 – 2013

It is with great sadness and gratitude that we announce the peaceful passing of Teresa Margaret Hurley, known to most as “Nanny”. Terry was born on February 11, 1927 in Somerville, Massachusetts to Kenneth and Isabel Chisholm and was one of nine children. Raised and educated in Somerville, she was voted Miss Somerville in 1946 at the young age of 19. Terry left the Boston area after marrying Ben Hurley, the love of her life, to whom she was married for 60 years. Ben and Terry lived in five different cities on the East and West coasts while following Ben’s career, eventually landing in Los Altos Hills with their six children, which was their home for 43 years. She simply loved the Los Altos and Saint Nicholas communities. Although Terry was away from Boston for many years, she never lost her love for her roots, family or her Boston accent. She was truly bicoastal.  

Terry was an active member of her community and often volunteered her time to support Saint Nicholas Parish and School as well as Saint Francis High School. She was a true fan of all St. Francis sports, the San Francisco 49ers, all Boston teams and any team or activity that involved her grandchildren or their friends. There were no strangers in Terry’s life. Terry believed everyone was connected and had a gift for finding that connection and making them lifelong friends. She had a beautiful spirit and made everyone feel welcome.

Terry is survived by her loving husband Ben and their six children, Terry Symula (George) of Harvard, MA, Bernard Hurley of Denver, CO, Ken Hurley (Ginny) of San Jose, CA, Betsy Komo (John) of Los Altos, CA, Nancy Fiegel (Don) of Pleasanton, CA and Dan (Amy) Hurley of Littleton, CO. Nanny was extremely proud of her grandchildren, Danielle, Matt, Michael, Tommy, Timmy, Lizzy, Madeline, Caroline, Jennifer, Andrew, KC, David, Katie and her two great-grandchildren, Seth and Emma as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her younger brothers, Larry Chisholm (Judy) of Danvers, MA and Billy Chisholm (Judy) of Amesbury, MA and by many wonderful friends (you know who you are). Terry is predeceased by her sisters Betty, Isabel, Marian, Ruthie and brothers Kenneth and John, as well as her grandchildren, Teresa and Benjamin. Our beautiful angel, Terry, is now in heaven with them and shining her sparkling blue eyes down on all of us.  

We will be celebrating Terry’s life with a Rosary on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. William Church, 611 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos, CA at 1:30pm on Saturday November 16. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to St. Nicholas School Endowment Fund –Terry Hurley, c/o St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022. Arrangements by Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos, CA.

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