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Hills council strikes down proposed moratorium on substandard lots

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Wednesday (June 3) struck down a proposed 45-day moratorium on substandard lot development.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilmember John Radford cast dissenting votes opposing the moratoriu...

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Schools

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos ...

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Community

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research


Courtesy of Joseph Faria
Supporters of last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View include, from left, Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele and Dominic, Eileen and Joseph Faria. The Los Altos Relay For Life is sla...

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Sports

Right  on track

Right on track


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High sophomore Rachael Estell leaps for the win in the girls long jump Friday at the CCS championships.

As far as locals go, the underclassmen overshadowed the seniors at the Central Coast Section track ...

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Comment

Coffee with cops? We'll drink to that: Editorial

The recent “Coffee with a Cop” event proved a good public relations move for the Los Altos Police Department. It also provided a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and converse with several officers, including the police chief, in an in...

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Special Sections

Deciphering the irksome sounds cars often make

Ahh – the troublesome, telltale auto noise. It’s that squeak, screech, squeal, groan, grind, hum, hiss, rattle, knock, clicking or ticking that drives drivers crazy.

Even with all the technology in modern cars, the sounds our cars make t...

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Business

Local couple launches downtown restaurant

Local couple launches downtown restaurant


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Turn Bar & Grill crew prepares for the restaurant’s impending opening.

Jim and Julie Otis are prepared to realize their longtime dream.

The couple – lifelong Los Altos residents – wanted to ensure ...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

     

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), ...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Harper Pitt (Sophia Naylor) describes her life to Joe Pitt (Dan Martin) in “Angels in America,” playing in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College through June 14.

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s produ...

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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

CARMEN PONCE SFORZINI

OBIT CarmenSforzini

After a long illness, Carmen Ponce Sforzini, a native Californian and long-time resident of Los Altos, died in Alamo, CA, on December 18.

A family High Mass and graveside ceremony at Alta Mesa Cemetery were held on December 23. There will be a Memorial in early spring for family and friends to celebrate her life.

Carmen was born in Santa Clara, CA, to Spanish immigrants Frank and Mary Anaya Ponce. She grew up on her family's fruit ranch in Cupertino, which supplied peaches, apricots and cherries to local markets and nearby canneries. Carmen graduated in 1938 from Fremont Union High School, where she met her future husband of 69 years, Harry Sforzini.

In a life spanning most of the 20th century, Carmen had many interests and accomplishments. In 1940, representing Shuckles Cannery in Sunnyvale, she was crowned “Miss Rancho Soup” at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. She was a member of the Quadalco Club and (with Harry) the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View. The couple enjoyed traveling, fishing, golf, pheasant hunting, dancing, and attending social and civic events together.

Carmen was also a seamstress, needleworker, avid 49ers fan, and cook, with two original recipes printed in Sunset Magazine. Together with Harry, she was co-owner of commercial properties in Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

She took great pride in her daughters, nieces and nephews, grand- and great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Carmen will be remembered for her gentle demeanor and pleasant disposition and as a helpful and caring neighbor, sharing her fruit and vegetable harvests and making quilts and clothing for neighborhood newborns.

She is survived by the families of her two beloved daughters, Sharon Sforzini and husband Steven Grant of North Bethesda, MD, as well as Charlotte Sforzini and husband Joseph Arton of Alamo, CA. Her three grandchildren and their families also join in remembering their “Mamacita”: Elliot and wife Anne Grant, of Silver Spring, MD; Dr. Heather Katz (Arton) and husband Major Joe Katz of Kapolei, HI; and Noelle Micek (Arton) and husband John Micek IV of Diablo, CA. Other family members include her six great-grandchildren, Aidan and Logan Grant, Avery and Jay Katz, and Charlotte and Jack Micek V; brother-in-law, Don Sparks; and nieces and nephews Joycelyn Zucchi Dykstra, Denny Zucchi, Brian Zucchi, Sandy Sparks Waddington, Karen Sparks Lester, Maureen Ramos Deasy, and Ronald Ramos.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice (www.HopeHospice.com).

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