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LAH measure could boost sewer rates significantly

The Los Altos Hills City Council’s approval of a series of sewer service rate increases means residents could soon see a hefty jump in their tax bills.

There are 1,749 single-family residential units within Los Altos Hills and each currently p...

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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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Sports

Right  on track

Right on track


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High sophomore Rachael Estell leaps for the win in the girls long jump Friday at the CCS championships.

As far as locals go, the underclassmen overshadowed the seniors at the Central Coast Section track ...

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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

Schools Briefs

Blach and Egan host holiday faires

The public is invited to shop for holiday gifts at the annual Blach Intermediate School Holiday Faire, slated 1-4 p.m. Friday at 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos.

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the school’s multipurpose room and library, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

More than 200 students at each campus have created original handcrafted items such as hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies, wallets and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the schools’ PTAs.

LASD sponsors kindergarten information nights

The Los Altos School District has scheduled kindergarten information nights at each of its seven elementary schools 7 p.m. Thursday.

Interested families are invited to attend the event at their home school. Presentations are slated at Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools.

Each school’s principal will discuss how the district approaches learning for all students, offer more information on the school’s programs and highlights, and provide an overview on student registration.

For more information, call the district office at 947-1150 or visit lasdschools.org/District/4309-Kindergarten-Registration.html.

St. Francis schedules Holiday Home Tour

The St. Francis High School Women’s Club has scheduled its 25th annual “Christmas at Our House” Holiday Home Tour Thursday through Saturday in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The tour will feature four homes decorated in holiday themes, with live entertainment by St. Francis High musicians and vocalists, and a complimentary tea. A luncheon, Christmas boutique and Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing will follow at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The event will also include a special Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing valued at $5,000.

The Twilight Tour and Gala is scheduled 4-10 p.m. Thursday. The Holiday Home Tour and Christmas boutique are slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The holiday buffet luncheon is set 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $45 for the home tour, $30 for the luncheon and $125 for the preview party (includes special Twilight Tour). Tickets for the Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing are $25 each, five for $100; and tickets for the Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing are $5 each, five for $20. Tickets are available through today.

For tickets and more information, call 968-1213, ext. 701; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

Cares and Shares

sponsors toy drive

Cares and Shares, Courtyard Marriott’s community support program serving Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, has scheduled a toy drive through Dec. 20.

Cares and Shares, in partnership with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, is collecting unwrapped toys for youth ages 5-18 at the Courtyard Marriott, 4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Those who donate will receive a complimentary breakfast and a tall Starbucks coffee.

In addition to the toy drive, Cares and Shares facilitates nonprofit organizations in fund-raising by encouraging local residents, visitors, sports teams, merchants and businesses to book weekend or holiday room nights at the Courtyard Marriott in Los Altos. For every night booked, the group will receive a $30 donation from Courtyard Marriott.

For more information, visit caresshares.com or marriott.com/paocy.

BCS students perform in play

Bullis Charter School fifth- and sixth-graders are scheduled to perform in “Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 102 W. Portola Ave.

The little hamlet of Limerick is full of colorful characters, but none more colorful than boastful Finn McCool, strongest man in all of Ireland. One problem: Finn is actually as weak as a kitten. Terrified that his boasts will get him in trouble with the rest of the town, Finn is fortunate that his wife, Oona, is not only the cleverest citizen in Limerick, but also fearless. But when three mischievous leprechauns trick the fearsome Banshee Queen into coming after foolish Finn, can even the courageous Oona save her husband’s skin?

Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

For more information, visit bullischarterschool.com.

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