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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

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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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.

Set in ...

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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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Concerts benefit LightHouse for the Blind


Town Crier File Photo
Steve Gill and daughter Anne are set to co-host two concerts benefiting LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Longtime Los Altos residents Steve Gill and his daughter, Anne, are scheduled to co-host “‘The Song Is You’: Kern (Jerome) and Cahn (Sammy) Go to Hollywood,” the 13th annual Benefit Concerts for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Jan 18 and 19 at Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

In 1997, shortly after Anne graduated from Los Altos High School, she was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and brain injured.

In the spring of 1998, after a long rehabilitation period, she returned home.

Steve and his wife, Nancy, said they were frustrated to discover that while many programs serve those with traumatic brain injuries and other services help the blind and visually impaired, few resources are designed to help people who, like their daughter, suffer from multiple disabilities.

The Gills discovered that LightHouse offers a session at its Enchanted Hills Camp for visually impaired adults with other disabilities.

Their gratitude for the camp’s existence, their appreciation for the patience and compassion of the staff – many of whom are visually impaired themselves – and their desire to support the special-needs session inspired Steve, a veteran Bay Area actor/singer and founder of Menlo School’s Fine Arts Program, to organize the first benefit concert for LightHouse in 1999.

Previous concerts have raised more than $79,000 in donations, enabling dozens of adults with multiple impairments to receive full or partial scholarships to attend Enchanted Hills Camp.

Like Anne, they spend five days in the Napa hills participating in activities such as horseback riding, swimming and hiking.

Los Altos resident Mollie Thompson and former Los Altos resident Linda Jordan will join Anne and Steve at this year’s tribute to composers Kern and Kahn. The concert will also feature seven alumni of Menlo School and three Menlo faculty members.

A $15 donation is requested. Seating is first-come, first served.

For more information, call Steve or Nancy Gill at 948-4648.

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