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Local tank drainage concerns water-conscious Los Altos resident

Los Altos resident Frank McKee recently watched water flowing down Valencia Drive and knew something wasn’t right.

The water was emptying from a 30,000-gallon California Water Service Co. tank on Valencia, near Los Altos High School. The water...

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Schools

County board names new superintendent

County board names new superintendent


The Santa Clara County Board of Education voted unanimously July 16 to appoint Jon R. Gundry as new county superintendent of schools, effective Aug. 1.

The sole finalist for the position, Gundry currently serves as superintendent of the Pasadena U...

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Community

San Juan dancers attend national convention

San Juan dancers attend national convention


Courtesy of Jordan Micek
Dancers from the San Juan School of Dance are all smiles as they pose with the trophies they won at the recent American Dance Awards National Convention in Boston.

Nearly two dozen girls from the San Juan School of Dance...

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Sports

Junior All-Stars eliminated from Section 5 tourney

Junior All-Stars eliminated from Section 5 tourney


Courtesy of Bobby Glasspole
The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Junior All-Stars posted a 1-2 record in the Section 5 Tournament in San Jose after winning the District 44 championship. Front, from left: Case Herbert, Bo Fick, Chris Gi...

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Comment

Guest workers: No Shoes, Please

Last month, I hired a housecleaner for the first time in my entire life, and a good friend of mine exclaimed to me, “Oh, Gracie, you’re going to LOVE it!”

Truth be told, I really don’t. But that isn’t to suggest that this new relationship is anythin...

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Special Sections

Recreation-related concussions on the rise in children

Children are getting more sports- and recreation-related concussions than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of concussions in children has risen 60 percent during the past decade. Each year, more than...

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Business

Are you ready to retire to South Dakota?

Bankrate.com recently ranked the 10 best states for retirement. The list, which includes such rugged spots as Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming, was topped by, of all places, South Dakota.

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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

Foothill opens 'South Pacific' this week in Los Altos Hills

Foothill opens 'South Pacific' this week in Los Altos Hills


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Emile de Becque (Daniel Cameron) and Nellie Forbush (Madison Genovese) watch the sunset in “South Pacific.”

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “South Pacific” is scheduled to run Thursday through Aug. 10...

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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


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
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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Schools Briefs

LAHS offers holiday concerts

The Los Altos High School instrumental music program has scheduled two holiday events.

• 7 p.m. today: The concert band and string orchestra will perform in Eagle Theater.

• 7 p.m. Thursday: The symphonic band, wind ensemble and chamber orchestra will perform in Eagle Theater.

Tickets for both concerts are $8 adult, $5 students.

Eagle Theater is located at 201 Almond Ave.

Egan hosts Holiday Faire

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 100 W. Portola Avenue, Los Altos.

More than 300 students will host 170 booths with original handcrafted items, including hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies and wallets.

The Holiday Faire, designed to teach students entrepreneurism and service skills, raises money for the school library.

For more information, visit eganschool.org.

BCS schedules parent info nights

Bullis Charter School has scheduled parent information nights to highlight its K-6 and seventh- and eighth-grade programs.

Information nights on the K-6 program are slated 7 p.m. today and Jan. 13. Seventh- and eighth-grade presentations are set for 7 p.m. Jan. 7. All presentations will take place in the charter school’s multipurpose room, 102 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

Superintendent/Principal Wanny Hersey will provide a comprehensive overview of the school’s programs and approach to education.

For more information, call 947-4939 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 fundraising 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.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of nature. The program reaches all grade levels in the district, and lesson content includes science, math and social studies. The program recently expanded to schools in the Mountain View-Whisman School District.

Training and materials are provided. No teaching experience is required. A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

Training for the Mountain View district is scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 7 in the Mountain View-Whisman School District boardroom at 750-A San Pierre Way. The training will address the English Language Learner population.

Los Altos district trainings are scheduled 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 and 27 in the Los Altos School District boardroom, 201 Covington Road.

For more information, call 947-1103 or email Caroline Chan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local groups seek volunteers

JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour per week to help middle and high school students with reading.

The program trains tutors to work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.

JustMATH, a community-volunteer math-tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.

For more information and to sign up for the next orientation class, email Wendy Furuichi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 940-7402 or visit justreadcenters.org.

JustMATH also seeks a site coordinator to manage one of its middle school tutoring programs. The site coordinator will oversee the scheduling of students/tutors and manage tutoring sessions. The part-time, volunteer position requires approximately five to eight hours per week.

For more information on the position, call 940-7402 or email Lisa Cittadino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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