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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Author Randi Zuckerberg invites young readers to unplug in new book


Zuckerberg

When Los Altos author Randi Zuckerberg stops by Linden Tree Books at 4 p.m. Monday to present a reading of her new children’s book, she’ll be flipping through the pages to emphasize a point.

For this marketing maven, primarily associated with her years at Facebook Inc., the print book offers families a chance to unplug from their screens and connect through real-life experiences.

“Children today need digital literacy – these are the tools that are going to get them employed later in life,” Zuckerberg told the Town Crier. “But we want to make sure that we’re not getting them in front of tech so much that they don’t have real-world skills.”

Zuckerberg’s book “Dot.” (HarperCollins, 2013) tells the story of a tech-savvy toddler who knows a lot about technology and not as much about how her skills translate to nondigital experiences. Throughout the illustrated tale, Dot explores activities away from the screen.

The goal of her book, Zuckerberg explained, is to help parents evaluate the role technology should play during childhood. To share her personal experiences, she simultaneously published a book for parents, “Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives” (HarperCollins, 2013).

Zuckerberg said she looks forward to seeing friends, family and neighbors at the upcoming story-time and book signing.

For a full article on Zuckerberg, see the Town Crier’s Dec. 18 print edition. In addition to more about her new books, learn how she balances technology in her household.

Puppets visit Linden Tree

The Waldorf School of the Peninsula’s Puppetry Troupe is scheduled to perform “Rumpelstiltskin” 1 p.m. Saturday at the bookstore.

The troupe features marionettes made and operated by students. The play tells the tale of a miller’s daughter who seeks help from a magical little man to turn straw into gold.

For more information on the events, visit lindentreebooks.com.

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