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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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County meeting explores future of expressways

Los Altos residents with opinions on the county’s expressway system will have a forum this week to express their thoughts.

Santa Clara County officials have scheduled an open house for residents Thursday on its 2040 County Expressway Plan – a long-range plan for county expressways and the Santa Teresa-Hale Corridor. The plan serves as an update to the county’s original 2003 Expressway Plan and the initial update for the 2008 plan. The meeting is scheduled 6-8 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the 2040 plan, estimated to require 18 months to complete, will address maintenance and potential improvements to the county expressway system – including Foothill Expressway. Related county projects, including plans to widen Loyola Bridge, will also be re-examined, he said.

Novenario specifically noted that residents attending the event would have an opportunity to provide input on their personal use of Foothill and other county expressways and to weigh in on the existing conditions.

According to Novenario, county officials plan to examine other aspects of the expressway system, such as traffic conditions where streets intersect expressways. Emphasis will be placed on conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and various other modes of transportation.

“The plan itself is a 10,000-foot-level look at the expressway system,” Novenario told the Town Crier. “The county will build a priority list for each expressway and when funding comes up, they’ll use that list to make improvements.”

Novenario said several staff members from Los Altos in addition to those from the county will attend the open house to gather input from residents on their likes, dislikes and desires for county expressways. Novenario added that he anticipates a high level of interest locally. Residents will be able to review maps and other materials related to county expressway conditions and projects at the meeting.

“As the economy gets back on its feet and more people are working, the expressways are vital to us,” he said. “It’s important for residents to come out and let the county know what works and doesn’t work for them from a user standpoint.”

To provide comments and for more information, call (408) 573-2417, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit expressways.info.

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