LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

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Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But her communication skills have already put her on the right track.

As validation that she’s on the road to making her dreams come true, McCarthy was recently crowned Miss Golden State Teen in the Miss American Coed Pageant held July 4 and 5 in Modesto. She was also voted “Ms. Personality” by her peers.


Week at Indian orphanage leaves lasting impression on local teen

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Ananya Panchal visits with a young orphan in India, above. Despite their challenging circumstances, the residents of Sharanalayam are happy, left, and cherish life, Panchal said.

Los Altos resident and Town Crier intern Ananya Panchal spent a week at an orphanage in Coimbatore, India, in June. Following she recounts her experiences.


LAHS student spends summer at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

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Los Altos High junior Jillian Smith studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy over the summer, above. While in Moscow, she visited the sites, including Red Square, right.

Los Altos High School junior Jillian Smith twirled her way to Moscow this summer, landing a six-week language and ballet scholarship at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Smith, 16, a Los Altos resident, scored one of 15 academic and merit-based grants for promising ballet dancers nationwide to attend the summer school program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Russian American Foundation.


First Friday features food and festivities

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Sunday Seven is slated to perform at First Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a First Friday event 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors are invited to browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Many restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special.”


Abuser systematically isolates victim from supporters: Confronting Domestic Violence

This is the fourth in a six-part series on domestic violence and technological abuse. Names, professions, history and other personal identifying features have been changed to create a composite character to protect confidentiality.


'Rock Back the Clock': End of an era, beginning of new one

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Time has run out for “Rock Back the Clock,” the 1950s-themed dance party at Rancho Shopping Center.

After 25 successful years, the “Rock Back the Clock” Committee has decided to end the annual 1950s-themed event held at Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos.


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