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News

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them

Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made...

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Schools

Santa Rita visits The Terraces

Santa Rita visits The Terraces


Susie Greenwald’s third-grade class at Santa Rita School has a special relationship with The Terraces at Los Altos, a senior retirement community. The class visits the center once a month to share quality time with the residents, above. The s...

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Community

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays

Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The holidays present a number of hazards for pets. Be sure to secure electrical cords to keep playful cats at bay.

During the holidays – when people tend to focus more on family and food – pets are often overlooked. But...

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Sports

Owls getting a lot out of a little

Owls getting a lot out of a little


In a typical season for the Foothill College women’s basketball team, coach Jody Craig wouldn’t be satisfied with a 7-4 start and No. 8 ranking in Northern California.

But this isn’t a typical season. Craig had just a few weeks ...

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Comment

Holiday cheer: No Shoes, Please

Admittedly, the holidays are not my favorite time of year. I don’t like sharing streets and parking lots with a zillion other people who need to get their shopping done. I don’t like being reminded by a holiday doomsday countdown clock h...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.

Pharmacy headed to 400 Main St.


Ellie Van houtte/Town Crier
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is scheduled to open a new store in the Jeffrey A. Morris Group’s 400 Main St. project. The new location will open in late February.

A new tenant is slated to call the recently complet...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

MERLYN "DALE" STUBBS

Merlyn "Dale" Stubbs, a 51 year resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away on December 15, 2014.

Dale was born to Harry and Anna Stubbs in Americus, Kansas on February 10, 1926.

When Dale was 9 years old his father, a carpenter, suffered a fatal hear...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA

'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Adrienne Walters stars as Molly and Tim Homsley portrays Peter in the TheatreWorks production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” playing through Jan. 3 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre.

TheatreWorks’ producti...

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Spiritual Life

The good news: Christmas means the long wait is over

Ah, Christmas! The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the presents are set to be given and received, and preparations are underway to be with family.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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