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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.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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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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Artists talk practicalities during Los Altos High Art Week


Courtesy of Brandon Hong
A semester’s worth of student work is currently on display at Los Altos High School’s library, and photography students are documenting the show – see more of their work at losaltosonline.com.

Alumni returned to Los Altos High School for the annual Art Week last week to describe the nuts and bolts of making a living while making art.

An interior designer talked business and industry, an engineer for the city of Palo Alto described the engineering behind design work and a visual-effects artist brought a burst of Hollywood to the stage in Eagle Theater. The school’s art teachers invited the guests to focus on real-life applications for art as part of a weeklong event examining art in the real world.

Painter Jacqueline Norheim, a Los Altos High alumna, described the difficulties of balancing the need to make a living with a love for working in the world of fine art and described frankly how she hasn’t yet made the two completely overlap.

Supported by training in graphic design, Norheim designs logos, campaigns and motion graphics for advertising agencies and companies. She also creates vast experimental oil paintings and has exhibited around the United States.

“I do graphic design for money and having a job and that kind of thing, and I do fine art on the side,” she told students. “I think if you’re really dedicated to what you’re making, you just kind of find a way.”

Throughout the week, a community art installation explored the social uses for art and visual thinking. For “Thoughts, Reflections and Healing,” the libraryconference room’s walls became a patchwork of papers, using images, shapes and words to give visual form to the question of “injuries that need healing.” Participants are invited to collaborate on giving thoughts form and adding elements to the walls.

The show is a home for “whatever’s on their mind – worries and concerns – that they can’t talk about with other people,” Los Altos High art teacher Christine An explained.

“The visual communication, with words and images, is another layer of communication,” she said.

The installation aims to work its art on viewers, laying out a goal in its notes: “The space is transformed into a place of personal reflection of the participants. It prompts a new perspective of thought. It is this change in thoughts that triggers healing.”

Across the hallway, the semester’s student art, more than 500 recent works, are on exhibition.

Both shows are on display in the school’s library 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday.

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