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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Local high schools awarded 'Gold Ribbon'

The Mountain View Los Altos High School District received notice today that both Mountain View High School and Los Altos High School have been selected as Gold Ribbon Schools.

Three-hundred seventy-three schools out of more than 2,600 middle and hig...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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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

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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