Friends of Redwood Grove raises funds for Halsey House

The Friends of Historic Redwood Grove committee has raised more than $25,000 to fund an evaluation of the feasibility and cost to renovate the dilapidated city-owned Halsey House in Redwood Grove Nature Preserve.

The committee, formed last August, hosted an information session in mid-February to update residents on the status of the historic landmark, which it hopes to remodel for city recreation programs and community use. The program included an appearance by Katherine Halsey Buss, granddaughter of Theodore and Emma Halsey, who built the house in 1923 and planted redwood trees on the property. Attendees walked through Redwood Grove, now a city of Los Altos park located at 482 University Ave.


Los Altos libraries challenge residents to tell their stories

The Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries challenge residents to discover their inner heroes as part of their 2015 Summer Challenge. Created around the theme “Every Hero Has a Story,” the program invites children, teens and adults to become their own favorite hero.

This year’s program challenges readers to complete tasks in a quest to explore library resources, enjoy enriching and creative experiences and try new activities.


No 'Love' for Facebook

Courtesy of Tru Love
Tru Love sent multiple messages to Facebook – and made calls to the media – before the company unlocked her account.

Tru Love’s name may be unusual, but she comes by it naturally.

If only Facebook saw it that way.


Perseverance, good choices serve as themes for annual Challenge Team breakfast

Photos by Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves, second from left, celebrates his 2015 Champion for Youth award with, from left, Edgar Tapia Mendoza, Rita Villanueva, Challenge Team Chairwoman Gay Krause and Jose Villanueva.

Once in a while, a burden can become a gift. For marathon runner and U.S. Army veteran Edward Lychik, the loss of a leg ultimately made him a stronger person.

He’s run five marathons with a prosthetic leg, better than many do with both legs intact.


Steady as she goes : Evilsizer retires after 39 years with town of Los Altos Hills

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Jeanne Evilsizer, right, visits with former Los Altos Hills City Manager Bob Crowe at her May 8 retirement party. Crowe hired Evilsizer back in 1976.

In 1976, Jeanne Evilsizer graduated from college, got married and started working for the town of Los Altos Hills. She liked the job in the permitting department so much that she stayed 39 years.

Evilsizer, 60, called it a career and officially retired Friday from her position as a building/planning technician. A retirement party at Town Hall followed. The large gathering included current and former council members and staff, friends and family. In a final ode to stability, Evilsizer drove off in the same car she drove on her first day to work – a 1964 two-door Chevelle.


Emmy Award-winning sportscaster hits home run with Rotary Club of Los Altos

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Sportscaster Mark Ibanez of KTVU Channel 2 fame, from left, greets Los Altos Rotarians Kendra Gjerseth and Bob Adams after his April 30 presentation at the club’s weekly meeting.

KTVU Channel 2 Sports Director Mark Ibanez said he has spent more than three decades “walking the fine line between being aggressive and obnoxious.”

Ibanez, winner of three Emmy Awards, discussed his 35-year sportscasting career at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting April 30, drawing laughter with his personal stories.


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