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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...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


Palmer

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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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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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

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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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

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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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.

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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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GERHARD GUSTAV THIEM

OBIT GerhardThiem

Gerhard G. Thiem, a resident of Los Altos since 2002, passed away on December 31, 2013. Born on September 8, 1919, in Langenbielau, Germany, Gerhard’s entry through Ellis Island in 1922 was almost denied due to malnutrition and rickets. With his parents, the late Gustav and Clara Thiem, he settled in Lawrence, MA, where his brother, the late Walter Thiem of Athol, MA, was born in 1926.

He attended Lawrence public schools through his junior year and completed high school at Philips Academy, in Andover, MA. He graduated from Harvard University with BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1941 and 1942, respectively. During World War II, he designed military aircraft engines in Hartford, CT, and then in Buffalo, NY, where, during a church youth group scavenger hunt, he met Beverly J. Recktenwalt. Gerhard and Beverly wed on November 2, 1946. In 1954, Gerhard relocated his family to West Springfield, MA, for a position with the Hamilton Standard division of United Aircraft (later United Technologies), in Windsor Locks, CT. Except for a short stint with Gilbarco (Exxon), Gerhard stayed with Hamilton Standard until his retirement in 1985. He and Beverly spent much of their retirement traveling with the warm weather in their truck-top camper. They enjoyed many state and federal parks throughout the country and compiled impressive life birding lists. They moved to Los Altos in 2002, and Beverly passed away in 2005.

During the 1980s, the air-conditioning and pressurization in most Boeing and McDonnell Douglas commercial aircraft was provided by the environmental control system (three-wheel machine) that Gerhard designed. In his parenting, Gerhard emphasized the importance of education and was pleased that this value was lived out by his children and has passed to his grandchildren.

He is greatly loved and survived by his daughter, Carol Schembri (Frank), San Mateo, CA; his three sons, Carl (Cindy), De Pere, WI; Curt, Los Altos, CA; and Craig (Susan), De Pere, WI; his grandchildren, Ashley Menning (Sam), Alex, Kate, Logan, Erica, Mike, Christopher, Eric, and Jacob; and his great-granddaughter, Ruby.

A memorial service for Gerhard was held on January 3. Interment followed at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto on January 6. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Pathways Hospice, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 or the Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022.

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