Tom Hanks surprises Girl Scouts

Courtesy of Archana Appanna
Anushka Srinivasan, from left, Claire Chen and Addyson Andrade, all fifth-graders at Bullis Charter School, sell cookies to movie star Tom Hanks in downtown Los Altos.

Girl Scouts selling cookies on State Street in downtown Los Altos received an unexpected surprise Feb. 28 when a bona fide movie star not only bought cookies, but also tried to help the girls sell more boxes to other passersby.

Tom Hanks, a Hollywood legend – and Bay Area native – who has appeared in some of the biggest blockbusters of the past 25 years, purchased four boxes, donated an additional $20 and offered to have his photo taken with people who recognized him – as long as they bought cookies, too.


Pesky perennial creeps into LAH

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
It may look pretty, but the proliferation of the perennial oxalis in Los Altos Hills prompted the city council to issue an “Invasive Plant Alert.”

It’s green. It’s mean. And it’s likely invading a garden near you.

Oxalis, that ubiquitous roadside, cloverlike weed with the bright-yellow flowers, has long been a formidable foe for Bay Area green thumbs, but it wasn’t until recently that the pesky perennial crept into Los Altos Hills lawns, meadows and ornamental flowerbeds. 


A conversation with new Los Altos Hills mayor

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan presides over a recent city council meeting.

Courtenay C. Corrigan became mayor of Los Altos Hills in December and will serve through 2015. The Town Crier recently sat down with Corrigan to learn more about her first months on the job and her goals for the year ahead.


Year elected to council: 2012


Los Altos returns to the big screen in latest Jobs movie

Courtesy of De Anza College
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.


City council mulls fee to fund public art in Los Altos

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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.


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

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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.


Los Altos-based Box Inc. debuts IPO

Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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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