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Los Altos returns to the big screen in latest Jobs movie


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A “Steve Jobs” crew filmed at De Anza College last week, re-creating an Apple product launch.

Town Crier readers who watch the upcoming movie about the late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs – part of which was filmed in and around Los Altos in recent weeks – might want to keep an eye out for a familiar bell ringer.

The filmmakers recently contacted the Town Crier for help with their plans to re-create editions of the paper from 1976 and 1984 as background for scenes in the movie.

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City council mulls fee to fund public art in Los Altos


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Los Altos is exploring ways to finance public art like “Musical Gambol,” now in Lincoln Park.

A new fee to help fund public art in Los Altos is in the works.

The Los Altos City Council last week held a study session to discuss the possibility of establishing the new fee – which would be levied against developers to provide a funding source for public art.

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Foothill to offer four-year degree: Foothill aims to launch dental hygiene degree in fall 2016


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Students enrolled in Foothill College’s two-year dental hygiene program, above, can soon earn a four-year bachelor’s degree for approximately $10,000.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Linda M. Thor chose a serendipitous time for her biannual teeth cleaning last week.

Sitting in the dentist’s chair, her dental hygienist – a graduate of the Foothill College program – peppered her with questions about the recent announcement that the community college plans to offer a four-year baccalaureate degree for its dental hygiene students.

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Los Altos-based Box Inc. debuts IPO


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Box, located in Los Altos, above, began offering public stock on the open market Friday.

Los Altos-based Box Inc., the cloud storage company located at 4440 El Camino Real, finally traded on the open market Friday, debuting 44 percent higher than its initial public offering price of $14 a share.

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Watch Los Altan of the year in action

Read the full story of Kathryn Hanson's life as a founder, businesswoman and Los Altos parent here and explore photos of the event in her honor here. 

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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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