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News

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made...

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Schools

Santa Rita visits The Terraces

Santa Rita visits The Terraces


Susie Greenwald’s third-grade class at Santa Rita School has a special relationship with The Terraces at Los Altos, a senior retirement community. The class visits the center once a month to share quality time with the residents, above. The s...

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Community

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The holidays present a number of hazards for pets. Be sure to secure electrical cords to keep playful cats at bay.

During the holidays – when people tend to focus more on family and food – pets are often overlooked. But...

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Sports

Owls getting a lot out of a little

Owls getting a lot out of a little


In a typical season for the Foothill College women’s basketball team, coach Jody Craig wouldn’t be satisfied with a 7-4 start and No. 8 ranking in Northern California.

But this isn’t a typical season. Craig had just a few weeks ...

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Comment

Holiday cheer: No Shoes, Please

Admittedly, the holidays are not my favorite time of year. I don’t like sharing streets and parking lots with a zillion other people who need to get their shopping done. I don’t like being reminded by a holiday doomsday countdown clock h...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.


Ellie Van houtte/Town Crier
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is scheduled to open a new store in the Jeffrey A. Morris Group’s 400 Main St. project. The new location will open in late February.

A new tenant is slated to call the recently complet...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

MERLYN "DALE" STUBBS

Merlyn "Dale" Stubbs, a 51 year resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away on December 15, 2014.

Dale was born to Harry and Anna Stubbs in Americus, Kansas on February 10, 1926.

When Dale was 9 years old his father, a carpenter, suffered a fatal hear...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Adrienne Walters stars as Molly and Tim Homsley portrays Peter in the TheatreWorks production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” playing through Jan. 3 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre.

TheatreWorks’ producti...

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Spiritual Life

The good news: Christmas means the long wait is over

Ah, Christmas! The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the presents are set to be given and received, and preparations are underway to be with family.

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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

Donations for homeless generate warm response

Much effort has been expended to provide warmth and comfort to the homeless seeking shelter in the Sunnyvale Armory via the “One Warm Scarf” campaign.

They thank you, and I thank you, for all your efforts. The warm items came just in time for the extreme cold weather. Be assured that all the future warm items you make will be delivered directly to our homeless.

Many thanks to all those who donated the yarn. Please note that there is always a need for more yarn.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sandy Goldstein

Los Altos

Rotary Club continues Mandela’s AIDS work

With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, we recognize his efforts in the struggle against AIDS.

Michael Sidibe, head of UNAIDS, the United Nations’ HIV/AIDS agency, said Mandela was “a statesman who had AIDS at the top of his agenda, and he used his stature and presence on the global stage to persuade world leaders to act decisively on AIDS. His legacy will be felt by generations.”

Since 1989, the Rotary Club of Los Altos has also been working to combat AIDS. In fact, we’re the first Rotary Club in the world to focus attention on the AIDS pandemic.

We’re also the first service club in the world to receive the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence (for our attitude-changing AIDS documentary “The Los Altos Story”). Generous response to fundraising efforts had made these projects possible.

While awaiting final approval from The Rotary Foundation for our third grant for Child AIDS Prevention in Liberia, we look forward to our next big effort: helping Los Altos resident and Rotary Club member Allart Ligtenberg launch Child AIDS Prevention in Nepal.

You can help by including the nonprofit Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project in your year-end giving. Make a tax-deductible donation online (rotaryAIDSproject.org) or by check (Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, PO Box 794, Los Altos 94023).

As Nelson Mandela said on World AIDS Day 2000, “Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.”

Thank you for the important Rotary service your contribution will enable.

Marlene Cowan and representatives of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project

Something missing from letter?

After reading the Town Crier letter from Myra Orta (“Bullying starts with the parents,” Dec. 11), I realized that there was some vital information that had been omitted.

Here is my simple request: In the future, when the Town Crier decides to publish a letter like this, please append an editor’s note informing us of the date, time and location where we can pick up the torches and pitchforks.

Thanks for your future help.

Tony Lima

Los Altos

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