Predict the unpredictable in 2015: Editor's Notebook

For those loyal (thank you) Town Crier readers who have perused the paper for years, you’ve probably noticed by now that some of our front-page stories don’t change much from year to year. The Kiwanis Pet Parade? A requirement. The Festival of Lights Parade? A must.


Letter to the Editor

Maltby’s should stay in Los Altos

Agreed. Maltby’s should not go.

This friendly establishment is definitely a regular “go to” place for many people to meet, eat, watch sports, hang out and chat with the friendly staff and other patrons and friends.



By Hannah Lesti

At night they are beautiful


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 how little time I have left. I don’t like feeling burdened by the obligations of the season: cards, decorating, gift-buying, travel arrangements, feeling warm and fuzzy. In general, I don’t like requirements – Why do I have to be merry and bright? Why can’t I just be me, satisfied and dull?


Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were three in less than a half-hour – that make U-turns in the middle of Main Street were ticketed, we might be able to build that new community center everyone is talking about.

Just think, if we posted a policeman on a bicycle downtown and he nabbed every one of these lawbreakers and gave them a $300 ticket, the money would start piling up. Where else can you make $900 in a half-hour?


Letters to the Editor

Sunday Friends offers thanks for support

All of us at Sunday Friends extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who participated in this year’s Holiday Shopping Spree event. We are so grateful.

Expanded to two dates at two Target locations in November, our event raised $36,000, which was immediately turned into holiday gifts for moms, dads and children by teams of enthusiastic shoppers of all ages, 700 in all.


Maltby's closing? Say it ain't so

For the past 17 years, Maltby’s has been Los Altos’ answer to Cheers, the fictional Boston bar where “everybody knows your name.”

It’s a casual, comfortable English pub-style place that reflects the roots of its British-born proprietor, James Maltby. It’s a home away from home for the regulars carrying on jovial conversations while nursing a beer. It’s a small business that has managed to survive while many other restaurants and retailers in Los Altos have come and gone.


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