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Stonebrook Court sells for $25 million


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The founder of a biotech company recently purchased Stonebrook Court in Los Altos Hills. The estate has played host to a number of community events over the years, including a Los Altos Community Foundation fundraiser, above.

After years on the market, the Los Altos Hills historic estate known as Stone- brook Court has a new owner. Sacramento-based biotech executive Norah Lacey recently purchased the 7.5-acre property for $25 million.

Percy Tredegar Morgan, a British capitalist, acquired the l35 acres in l9l0 and built Morgan Manor as a near-replica of Speke Hall, a mansion built in 1598 in Liverpool, England. Morgan and his wife, Daisy, an Oakland native, were the first to add an Italianate influence to the property when they imported a 16th-century Venetian palace’s ceiling for the ballroom.

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Los Altan of the Year: Kathryn Hanson – ALearn founder leads less-fortunate students to better future

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Kathryn Hanson launched a nonprofit from her Los Altos home that has grown to serve thousands. The Town Crier has named Hanson its 2014 Los Altan of the Year.

Several years back, Kathryn Hanson reviewed local high school statistics and noticed very few low-income students enrolling in Advanced Placement classes and a wide achievement gap versus the rest of the student body.

“This is unacceptable,” Kathryn told educators. “What are we doing about this?”

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New Year's 5K run draws crowd despite frigid weather

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Residents of all ages jog down Main Street Jan. 1 during the Los Altos Recreation Department’s annual New Year’s Day Fun Run.

With the temperature at 34 degrees at 9 a.m. Jan. 1, local residents huddled in their cars waiting for the start of the Los Altos Recreation Department’s 2015 New Year’s Day Fun Run.

When Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper rang the bell for the 13th annual 5K run, approximately 1,000 eager runners and walkers assembled at the Community Plaza starting line to kick off the event.

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Mtn. View Community Shuttle offers inaugural rides in January


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Mountain View’s Community Shuttle officially launches Jan. 9 with routes from Shoreline Boulevard and Pear Avenue to El Camino Hospital and from San Antonio Center to Sylvan Park.

While residents may begin using the Mountain View Community Shuttle as early as Monday, an inaugural ride event is scheduled 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Mountain View Transit Center to officially launch the service.

In addition to the shuttle, attendees will get a preview of the new Mountain View Transportation Management Association’s MVGo commuter shuttle, which will begin service Jan. 12.

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Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made us outside children. The arrangement worked just fine for canines and kids alike.

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Scenes from holiday happenings


Enjoy a selection of photos from holiday events in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

More photos at towncrier.photoshelter.com.

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City sponsors annual New Year's Day Fun Run


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Participants wait at the start line as someone crosses the race path at last year’s New Year’s Day Fun Run. This year’s event is scheduled 9 a.m. Jan. 1 in downtown Los Altos.

The city of Los Altos’ annual New Year’s Day Fun Run is scheduled 9 a.m. Jan. 1 at the intersection of Main and State streets.

The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race – with laps around Main, State and First streets – is open to all ages and all abilities – “anyone who wants to walk, run, roll or stroll,” said Peggy Ford, recreation supervisor.

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