Los Altos police warn of home-repair fraud, urge residents to report suspicious activity

Following recent illegal solicitations, Los Altos Police Department officials remind residents to beware of unlicensed contractors and home repairmen.

Common types of home-repair fraud include roofing repair, driveway sealing or pressure washing, and automobile repair. It is unlawful for contractors to solicit services door-to-door in Los Altos.


Sun sets on art therapy class, retiring instructor at ECH

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Longtime art therapy instructor Tehila Eisenstat is calling it quits after 15 years of running the Healing Arts program at El Camino Hospital.

For 15 years, art therapist Tehila Eisenstat has helped El Camino Hospital cancer patients heal through color.

Last month’s “Sunset” art show, a vibrant display of the reds, oranges, purples and pinks that herald a day’s end, served as a fitting testament to Eisenstat’s success and her transition into the future.


Los Altos link to Oscars: Daughter of screenwriter roots for 'Trumbo'

Shelly Bowers/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Mitzi Trumbo, above, poses with her father’s Oscar for the 1956 movie “The Brave One,” an award he received in 1975, just a year before his death.

Oscar night on Sunday will have special meaning for Los Altos resident Mitzi Trumbo. The youngest daughter of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo – whose story of triumph over the 1950s Hollywood blacklist is featured in the film “Trumbo” – she’s cheering for actor Bryan Cranston to win the Best Actor award for portraying her father on the big screen.

A professional photographer, Mitzi moved to Los Altos 22 years ago when her husband took a job with Apple Inc. Her father died in Los Angeles in 1976.


Morning Forum of Los Altos talk focuses on how to treat OCD

Kathryn Tomaino/ Special
to the Town Crier

Dr. Lorrin Koran addresses
the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Feb. 2.

Lorrin Koran, M.D., shed light on “Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions” at The Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 2.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Koran completed an internship at UCLA and a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. He is Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine. During his career, Koran served more than 21 years as director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic and Research Program.


Puppet show organizer, director pulls strings to publicize upcoming Zimbabwe Run and Fair

Apala Egan/Special to the Town Crier
Jade Perry serves as director of this year’s Zimbabwe Run and Fair, scheduled March 20 at St. Joseph School in Mountain View.

Jade Perry first learned about the Zimbabwe Run and Fair in Mountain View years ago as a junior at Los Altos High School. Intrigued, she contacted race organizer Ellen Clark, who founded the annual event as a fundraiser for an orphanage in Zimbabwe. This year’s event is scheduled March 20.

Now Perry is the fair director.


Local poet celebrates love at Rotary Club

John Hammerschmidt/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos’ resident poet Bob Simon gets to rhymin’ before members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 11.

In a stentorian voice and with a twinkle in his eyes, local poet Bob Simon entertained the Rotary Club of Los Altos with his valentine-themed poems Feb. 11.

Drawn from his collection “Fleeting Rhymes” and securely anchored in local, real-life experiences, Simon – author of the Town Crier’s “Rhyme on My Hands” column – amused Rotarians with his wry sense of humor and perspective on love and life.


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