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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Letters to the Editor

Merger solution makes sense

We thought the “Other Voices” column by Bruce Barton was spot on (“Solution for BCS/LASD – a merger,” Nov. 20).

It would benefit everyone in Los Altos to have this top-performing school join our top-performing school district as a magnet school. Bullis Charter School could continue its innovative programs and be open to all Los Altos School District students on a lottery basis.

There are highly successful examples of magnet schools in neighboring districts.

Christa McAuliffe School in Cupertino has a similar structure to Bullis Charter School. It is a K-8 grade school, asks for a substantial parental contribution to finance aides and field trips, requires parental involvement and features a curriculum stressing creative thinking and teamwork. Teachers are part of the Cupertino teaching force, but a parental committee helps select teachers suitable for this special program.

Palo Alto boasts Herbert Hoover Elementary School, which features back-to-basics education, while Mountain View is home to Mariano Castro School, with its dual Spanish/English immersion program.

The district would need to allow Bullis Charter School autonomy in its innovative programming. The Santa Clara County Board of Education could oversee the transition and make sure that the charter school maintains its identity.

If Bullis Charter School becomes an additional option for Los Altos students, we believe that the entire city would breathe a sigh of relief and be much more willing to support a bond measure to build the new schools we need.

We urge other concerned residents to contact the district, county and charter school boards with support for this innovative and excellent proposal by the editor of the Town Crier.

Emily and Jim Thurber

Los Altos

Unified school system could stop conflicts

Thank you for your thoughtful recommendation that the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School join together under one leadership, eliminate the monies spent for lawyers and concentrate on their mission to provide quality education.

Hopefully, the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School will focus their efforts to create one unified system for our schoolchildren and stop the petty bickering that inhibits unification.

Norbert Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Downtown’s rigid enforcement hurts appeal

I simply want to point out that Los Altos is sending strong mixed signals about welcoming visitors to its downtown during the holidays, especially when so much construction is happening on First Street.

Two weeks ago, I received a $51 parking ticket – while performing 10 minutes of volunteer work.

After discovering that my car had extended 3 feet into an unexpected and unseen “short” red zone adjacent to a green 15-minute parking space, I sent a request to have the citation dismissed along with photos.

I cannot understand how this red zone and citation is reasonable and am inclined not to visit downtown again. It’s not about the money – at least not for me.

Dana Hendrickson

President and founder

Rebuild Hope

Post office grounds need improvement

The post office at Loyola Corners needs urgent help with grounds maintenance. Could an article in your paper bring out volunteers to cut back weeds and improve the appearance from the street? At least you should find out why nothing has been done there for months.

C. Barber

No address given

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