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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of ...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Black Friday? Loco! Shop local!: Editorial

Thursday and Friday of this week represent stunning contrasts. Tradition dictates that Thanksgiving Day is a time for all to take a deep breath, relax and recognize and appreciate our good fortunes. It’s a time for turkey dinners and hanging out with family members.

The next day is Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s marked by consumerism, materialism, stress, cynicism and an every-shopper-for-himself attitude that has resulted in big-box store stampedes. No, thanks!

If you agree, you’re far better off avoiding that circus altogether. Instead, get some sleep, wake up refreshed and do your holiday shopping in your own community.

In case you haven’t noticed, downtown Los Altos is becoming more relevant by the day. There are some excellent new retail stores and restaurants dotting Main and State streets. From men’s and women’s clothing to jewelry and gourmet foods, the merchandise is varied, unique and high quality.

The downtown area also is proving quite an attraction for families and children. The gift options here, from toys to books, are not only plentiful, they’re also educational. And among the new additions this year are stores for hobbyists.

Virtually all the stores and restaurants offer comfortable, lower-key environments in which to shop. Best of all, the customer service is far superior to the big-box businesses.

At downtown stores, you’re dealing with people who are helpful and know their inventory. Most of them offer complimentary gift wrapping.

Although downtown boasts the lion’s share of activity, shoppers shouldn’t overlook the other six Los Altos shopping districts. Comfortable shopping also is available at Rancho Shopping Center, Loyola Corners, Foothill Crossing, Woodland Plaza, Village Court and along the El Camino Real corridor.

Despite the parking shortage, shopping downtown is still no hassle compared with the overcrowded national chains. Even so, downtown is scheduled to offer valet parking in mid-December, and merchants will distribute all-day parking passes at shoppers’ request.

It’s best to walk through town and discover what’s here. You’ll find lots of pleasant surprises. And you’ll keep your sanity.

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