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Paws-itively  ready for  disaster

Paws-itively ready for disaster


Dozens of local residents participated in the Pet Ready! program, which included first-aid tips for animals from Adobe Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Cristi Blackwolf, above right. Girl Scouts Rachel Torgunrud, above left, in purple of Sunnyv...

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Schools

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge


Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissma...

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Community

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1


Town Crier File Photo
Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sp...

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Sports

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High pitcher Lizzie Beutter went the distance to earn the win against Mountain View.

The number of Los Altos High hits and Mountain View High errors may be in dispute, but there’s no debating which softball ...

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Comment

Enlightened California: No Shoes, Please

I recently read a newspaper article about the newly adopted sex-education curriculum in the state of Mississippi. In the city of Oxford, the following exercise is included: Students pass around a Peppermint Patty chocolate and observe how spoiled it ...

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Business

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
European Cobblery owner Paul Roth is relocating his business from 201 First St., above, to 385 State St. in May.

The European Cobblery, a family-owned and -operated shoe store, is relocating to a new home just a f...

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Books

Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summa...

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People

'Champions for Youth' announced

Challenge Team will honor Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer as “Champion for Youth” at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, scheduled 7 a.m. May 7 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lauren ...

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Stepping Out

Last go-round for 'Hound'

Last go-round for 'Hound'


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
The actors in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – from left, Darren Bridgett, Ron Campbell and Michael Gene Sullivan – take on dozens of roles.

TheatreWorks is slated to present “The Hound of the Baskervilles...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away


Van Houtte/Town Crier Yoga of Los Altos hosts a variety of classes, including Strong Flow Vinyasa, above, taught by Doron Hanoch. Yin Yoga instructor Janya Wongsopa guides a student in the practice, below.

It’s nearly 9 a.m. on a Monday mornin...

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Letters to the Editor

Careless management harms air quality

A two-alarm fire at the Sims Metal Management Ltd. facility in Redwood City Dec. 17 floated a toxic plume of uncontrolled smoke into the surrounding neighborhoods.

Then, expedited by a slight southerly breeze, Sims Metal Management contaminated the community. The fire burned for more than eight hours, and air-quality officials advised that residents stay inside with windows closed.

This is not the first time that Sims Metal Management mismanaged its business and created a public nuisance that prompted a health advisory for residents as far away as Santa Clara County.

I recall entering a fog bank of smoke while traveling south on Interstate 280 from San Bruno to Los Altos Nov. 10. The acrid stench and sudden low visibility were alarming. After a little research, I learned that a “shelter in place” order was issued due to an uncontrolled fire at the Sims Metal Management facility.

My understanding is that since that fire, the company has implemented improved processing standards. Please note that these new procedures are not working. Several friends compared the air quality Tuesday to the air quality in Beijing and Shanghai.

I’ll breathe a little easier when businesses that repeatedly break laws are banished.

Marilee Taylor

Los Altos

Be careful on road during holidays

’Tis the season – for racing. Individuals race to the bustling malls, rabidly seeking last-minute presents, and race to the supermarket for forgotten ingredients.

All these races lead to a race for our lives – on the road. Upon my return from the airport, we had close-call accidents twice with speeding drivers.

We are lucky enough to enjoy our holiday cheer in the beautiful town of Los Altos. So, this season we can give back with kindness behind the wheel.

A fender bender or, even worse, a driving fatality during the holidays can be a shattering event. We need to consider the consequences before we race.

Alyssa Jacobson

Los Altos

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