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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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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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Honoring an unforgettable woman: Other Voices


Tefft

Carol Tefft died last year. There was only a small notice (Town Crier, Nov. 6), because she had moved from Los Altos to live near her children a few years after her retirement as head librarian at the Los Altos Library. We have had several head librarians since, all professional and very competent, but none like Carol. She formed and guided our library during most of its existence. For those who knew and worked with her, Carol was the face of the library.

Carol became head librarian in 1962, shortly after moving to Los Altos with her family. We didn’t have a dedicated building at that time, though the current one was under construction.

Carol joined the small American Association of University Women group that formed Friends of the Library in the early 1960s. She worked as a Friend to support the library in addition to running it, and she never missed a book sale in 37 years.

In the early years, Friends meetings were held in Carol’s library office, and the Friends reciprocated with assistance whenever needed. When Carol retired as head librarian, she became a regular Friend of the library and sorted books every Thursday.

Carol tapped into the community whenever the library needed something, and the community never failed her. When computers replaced the card catalog, she realized that many cardholders would need assistance learning to use them. She recruited a group of volunteers, taught them how to use the new catalog, then scheduled the 70 volunteers to cover all the library hours. No library had ever called on the community like that before.

Nothing demonstrates Carol’s innovation, library skills and community involvement better than “Carol’s Friday Humor.” She had quickly become the personal computer maven of the community. As we became computer users, we began to receive “Carol’s Friday Humor” via email. Carol collected and organized amusing tidbits sent to her during the week. The consummate librarian cataloged the articles and distributed them Friday evenings via the Internet in what may be one of the first blogs.

An article published in the Town Crier April 21, 1998, the year Carol retired, demonstrated how well she understood the community and stood ready to innovate. Our library was always the first in the system to receive the latest technology. We were the first to have a personal computer available to the public, the first to have a computer checkout machine and, continuing in her spirit, we are scheduled to be the first in the Santa Clara County Library system to have a 3-D printer.

For this reason, we propose that the “Innovation Space” that will house this printer would serve as an appropriate memorial to Carol. Other devices may come and go, but we innovate because of her inspiration. The plaque for this space could read: “Dedicated to Carol Tefft, Los Altos Head Librarian, 1962-1998: Innovator, Inspirational Leader, Beloved Member of the Community.”

Elayne Dauber is a longtime member of Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community. For more information, visit losaltoslibraryfriends.org.

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