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Singer bust faces temporary storage


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Walter Singer bust in downtown’s Community Plaza is headed for temporary storage as the city seeks a suitable permanent location.

The bust of Walter Singer, the Los Altos Rotarian and businessman who died in 1992, will have a new home – eventually.

For now, the memorial piece is scheduled to be relocated from Community Plaza on the corner of Main and State streets into temporary storage at the Los Altos History Museum until the city identifies a permanent location.

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Los Altos leaders gather to honor Bob Grimm


Jean Mordo/Special to the Town Crier
Hundreds of local residents paid tribute to former Mayor Bob Grimm at a celebration of life event Saturday in San Jose.

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at San Jose’s Parkside Hall Saturday to celebrate the life and legacy of arguably Los Altos’ most-beloved community contributor, Bob Grimm.

The memorial event proved a celebration of the electrical engineer with a heart of gold, known as “just plain Bob.” Food and drink were abundant, various objects of Bob’s tinkering, such as his popular popcorn machine, dotted the large hall.

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Shoup House undergoes another renovation


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The new owners of the Shoup House are overhauling the historically accurate interior of the 1910-era landmark. The house’s historic status prevents changes only to its exterior.

The new owners of the historic Shoup House are doing some serious spring cleaning.

All of the interior fixtures and appliances were placed in storage in Mountain View and everything is up for sale, according to a March 16 Craigs- list advertisement that has since been removed.

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Air district proposal seeks to ban wood-burning fireplaces


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Gas-fueled or electric options may replace wood-burning fireplaces.

Santa Claus may soon need to rethink his traditionally dramatic entrance into homes – at least on the Bay Area leg of his annual journey.

In a move to prevent health ailments caused and exacerbated by wood smoke, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has proposed amending Winter Spare the Air regulations to include rules banning the sale or rental of homes with uncertified indoor wood-burning fireplaces until such devices are decommissioned or replaced with gas-fueled or electric alternatives.

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It's not the taxman – it's a phone scam

It’s tax season – and that means scam season.

Los Altos and Mountain View police have been inundated with calls from local residents in the wake of today’s tax deadline, reporting phony messages from callers claiming to be IRS enforcement agents.

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Tributes pour in for Bob Grimm; memorial event scheduled


Tributes from all over the South Bay and beyond flooded the Town Crier last week as news surfaced of Robert Grimm’s death.

The longtime Los Altos resident, whose community contributions were many and legendary, died March 21 in Tanzania, Africa, from complications suffered during a camping accident at Serengeti National Park.

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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.

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