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New Safeway to open Friday


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Crews apply the finishing touches to the new Safeway store on First Street in Los Altos, due to open Friday.

The new Safeway store in downtown Los Altos is scheduled to open its doors 8 a.m. Friday.

In 13 months, the 160 First St. property – which housed one of the oldest Safeway stores in the region – has morphed from a demolition site of mangled concrete and steel to a sleek two-story brick-and-glass structure that anchors the corner of First and State streets.

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Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments


Anne Wojcicki

For the past several years, Anne Wojcicki (Wo-JIT-skee) has been quietly involved in efforts to spruce up downtown Los Altos. She and her husband, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, helped form Passerelle Investment Co., which owns and leases numerous properties along First and State streets and sponsors various activities and events downtown.

Wojcicki also partnered with longtime friend and entrepreneur Mary Heffernan of H&H Co. to start several new creative businesses in the revamped spaces. The businesses, including Bumble and Red Racer Hobby Shop, filled a need by catering to young families.

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Drought may cause increased coyote activity


Courtesy of Santa Clara County Vector Control
Coyotes are on the prowl in the area as they search for water amid the drought.

The drought is killing more than lawns in Los Altos – it also may be indirectly responsible for the death of cats in the city.

The lack of water has resulted in a dearth of resources in the hills for coyotes, according to Animal Control officers, leading some of the canines to venture into Los Altos for prey – including cats.

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Los Altos honors resident for historical preservation


The Los Altos City Council recognized Margaret Thompson, third from right, as its 2014 Historic Preservation Award winner last week. Pictured with Thompson, from left, are Linda Eckols and Historical Commissioners Walter Chapman, Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Robert Mabe.

The Los Altos City Council last week honored Margaret Thompson as the city’s 2014 Historic Preservation Award recipient.

Mayor Megan Satterlee presented Thompson – known for the annual Historical Essay Contest that bears her name – with a proclamation that acknowledged her “contributions to historic preservation of our city.”

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Symphony back in black as embezzlement case continues


Town Crier File Photo
Supporters rallied to rebuild Peninsula Symphony’s funding this year, holding together a music nonprofit that performs in parks and local schools as well as concert halls.

The former executive director of Los Altos’ Peninsula Symphony is expected back in court July 16 for a plea hearing in his alleged misuse of the nonprofit organization’s funds.

Stephen Jay Carlton, charged with embezzlement, grand theft and tax evasion, was arrested in February – six months after board members discovered that the symphony’s two bank accounts were nearly empty.

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Rise in infected mosquitoes triggers local fogging


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Areas of Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, in green, were scheduled to undergo fogging this week to stop the spread of West Nile virus.

The bite of summer’s notorious insect – the mosquito – is potentially packing a bigger punch this year. Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have popped up in the area, prompting the Santa Clara County Vector Control District to take steps to prevent the transmission from insect to human.

After responding to the report of a dead crow, a bird prone to West Nile virus, near the intersection of Fremont and Mary avenues in Sunnyvale, district officials confirmed the presence of the virus in mosquitoes at collection sites in Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale last week. The district authorized an Ultra Low Volume fogging of insecticides Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s deadline – over a 1-mile radius that included parts of Los Altos and Mountain View.

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Symphony to end bumpy season on high note


Town Crier File Photo
Peninsula Symphony closes out its season with a free concert in Los Altos Saturday.

Peninsula Symphony is scheduled to perform its final concert of the season 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday on the Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. The free performance is part of the city’s annual Summer Concert Series.

Comprising 105 volunteer musicians, the symphony will perform a program with the theme “Way Out West,” featuring popular songs from famous Western productions like Richard Rodgers’ “Oklahoma!” and Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo.” According to organizers, the musicians will sport cowboy hats and bandannas to support the theme and create a fun, family environment. Despite their casual appearance at the laid-back event, interim Executive Director Andrea Temkin said the symphony’s repertoire is “actually one of their more challenging programs.”

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