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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Legendary drummer to perform at Los Altos millennium event

Los Altos will ring in the new millennium with a world class drum roll. That's because under the millennium celebration tent, center stage, will sit jazz legend Louis Bellson and 19 other world class musicians.

In case you don't know him, Louis Bellson was a longtime drummer in Duke Ellington's big band.

His peers and fans say he's the best there ever was in the world of big band and jazz. They call him the dean of American jazz drummers.

Bellson was born July 6, 1924, and his parents named him Luigi Balassoni. He grew up, changed his name, married Pearl Bailey and went on to enjoy a long career as the drummer in Duke Ellington's big band. To those who love to swing, he's a god.

Today he makes his home in San Jose and plays with several orchestras across the United States.

Although Bellson may be the most recognizable name in the Los Altos Millennium All-Stars Band, the other members are also known performers. Fred Berry, who plays the trumpet, has performed with Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. He spent many years blowing his horn for his former band leader, Count Basie. Madeline Eastman is a well recorded singer and a top jazz performer. Jamie Davis is a seasoned song-man and delivers a Sinatra-like style.

Bellson began playing the drums at age 3. By the time he was 15 he had edged out more than 40,000 other drummers to win the coveted Gene Krupa drumming award. He has spent his life performing and recording with such greats as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr. and Duke Ellington. His late wife, Pearl Bailey, said of him, "To listen and see Louie is to know man's love of music."

All of the Millennium performers hail from professional backgrounds, and all are known to one another and to just about every other great musician performing today.

So with all their fame one would think that these musicians would prefer to spend the dawn of the new millennium relaxing rather than performing.

Not so, Berry said. "To get to play with Louis Bellson and so many other top performers, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the millennium. Everyone is really pumped. "

Invitations to the Los Altos millennium party will be mailed to all Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents in June. Fliers with more details are available at the Town Crier, City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about volunteering, event sponsorships or group tickets, call 941-0786.

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