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Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area&rsquo...

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Schools

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green...

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Community

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remem...

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Sports

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boy...

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Comment

Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Fur...

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Special Sections

How to personalize the wedding bar

How to personalize the wedding bar


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget...

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Business

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the gree...

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People

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

1930-2016

Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, M...

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Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy  ends run this weekend

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch...

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Spiritual Life

A little more elbow room : Expansion at State Street's Pompeii Ristorante nearly complete


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pompeii Ristorante currently has a 46-seat capacity in its main dining room. Co-owner Gilbert Gutierrez, pictured, plans to add more than 20 seats by expanding into the space next door.

A project nearly two years in the making is about to cross the finish line.

Gabriel and Felipe Gutierrez, owners of Pompeii Ristorante at 100 State St., told the Town Crier last week that work to expand their popular Italian eatery is nearing completion. Barring any unforeseen problems, the brothers plan to open the additional dining area no later than Valentine’s Day.

News of the restaurant’s addition came in March 2012 after the duo opted for a larger restaurant area and leased the former home of Donut Du Jour at 108 State St., next to Pompeii.

The expansion will add more than 20 seats to the restaurant’s existing 46-seat dining area. Pompeii also offers 30-plus outdoor patio seats – added space that is frequently unavailable during the cold and rainy seasons.

“It will mean being able to do more things and (accommodate) more customers – and that’s good. We like that,” Felipe said.

He added that the impetus behind the expansion was simple – to more efficiently serve customers who would otherwise be forced to wait 30 to 45 minutes for a table in the restaurant’s main dining area.

The duo attributed the duration of the nearly two-year project to several factors, including the city’s lengthy approval process for the expansion plan and the time needed for renovations, which began in earnest in September.

Gabriel said the added space would allow them to accommodate larger parties during lunch and dinner. In addition to more tables and shorter wait times for customers, the new space will also provide a larger work area for the employees and a second restroom for patrons.

“It’s going to help a lot,” said Gabriel, who along with Felipe opened Pompeii at the corner of Fourth and State streets approximately seven years ago. “Everything just looks bigger. It’s going to be easier to do a lot of things, like storing more inventory.”

The Gutierrez brothers are quick to express their gratitude for the support – and patience – they’ve received from regular customers during the 23 months needed to complete the project. After all, they noted, the restaurant’s expansion is ultimately the result of a growing and loyal customer base.

“Every day we’d have customers who would ask, ‘When are you going to open next door?’” Gabriel said. “We really do have good customers, and they make us feel like we’re family. It’s like they’ve known us forever.”

For more information, visit pompeii- ristorante.com.

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