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Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Above Photo by Rhonda Mak/Town Crier; Below Photo by Joyce Oudkerk Pool/Special to the Town Crier; Right Photo courtesy of Manresa Bread
Nabeela Aijaz, above left, retail manager at Manresa Bread’s Los Altos location, teams up with baker Avery R...

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Your Health

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town crier
El Camino Hospital’s mental health and addiction services leaders Michael Fitzgerald and Lauren Olaiz, above, review artwork, right, by participants in the After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Educa...

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Your Home

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Mary Randazzo purchases older homes in Mountain View to “flip” after they undergo a makeover. Her transformed houses feature open floor plans and she searches for properties with “good bones.”

Amy Ran...

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On The Road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road


We have always enjoyed our visits to England, but this year we did something different. Rather than visit the standard tourist destinations – London, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and so forth – we decided to explore new areas by car...

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Senior Lifestyles

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Recreation & Community Services Department Director Manny Hernandez praises Los Altos seniors.

 

Manny Hernandez joined the city of Los Altos staff last March as director of the Recreation & Community Services De...

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Wedding To Remember

The Veils of Time

The Veils of Time


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum

For a new spin on the Town Crier’s “Peek into the Past,” the Los Altos History Museum has been gathering historical local wedding photos and the stories behind them.

Frances Elizabeth Shoup, second...

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accurately whether ...

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Innovation and invention award goes to LAH woman

Los Altos Hills resident Dr. Anita Borg, founder and president of the Institute for Women and Technology (IWT) and member of the President's Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology, recently received the Melitta Bentz Woman of Innovation and Invention Award. The Melitta award honors one outstanding woman annually for her leadership, ambition and courage.

"This award represents the world's long history of inventive women," Borg said. "To begin speeches I always say that the coffee filter and other important products were designed by women. I am proud to be part of that history." Despite women's abilities and accomplishments in technology, she said, there was a greater percentage of women graduating with technical degrees 15 years ago than today.

Noted by Fast Company as "a living legend among computer scientists," Borg is leading the movement to advance women in technological positions. The Xerox Palo Alto researcher is known for pioneering fault-tolerant operating systems, for developing tools to predict the performance of microprocessor memory systems and for designing MECCA, a web-based e-mail system used by thousands. Borg gained national media attention for founding the "systers" electronic community for women in computing and the prestigious Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing technical conference.

Melitta, in the spirit of its German founder Melitta Bentz, who invented and patented the filter drip system of coffee making in 1908, created the Award in 1989. The winner receives a replica of the original brass coffee pot Melitta invented, a $5,000 check and $1,000 for a charity of her choice. Borg designated IWT.

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