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Food & Wine

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors


Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
A visit to Alpha Acid’s Belmont taproom reveals that the young brewery has expanded beyond its initial speciality in India Pale Ales to craft farmhouse, stout and seasonal brews worth seeking out.

Kyle Bozicevic, co-o...

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Your Health

Bad night's sleep? Nearby streetlights may be the culprit

Bad night's sleep? Nearby streetlights may be the culprit


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Streetlights compete with cars’ headlights and Christmas lights in downtown Los Altos. According to a new study, streetlights can make it difficult for city dwellers to get a good night’s sleep.

Bright nighttime stree...

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Your Home

Tips for storing holiday decorations efficiently & accessibly

Tips for storing holiday decorations efficiently & accessibly


Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Slotted ornament boxes are worth splurging on because they provide good protection for delicate ornaments.

 

It’s time to pack up the garlands and lights now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us...

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On The Road

Cool cars for kids

Cool cars for kids


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Mitsubishi Mirage produces only 78 horsepower, but it gets 39 mpg in combined driving. Full of safety features, the Mirage sells for under $20,000.

A few months ago, one of our friends in town asked us...

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Senior Lifestyles

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Lloyd Lettis, 96, of Mountain View plays tennis three days a week at Los Altos High School.

Ninety-six-year-old Mountain View resident Lloyd Lettis seems to have a gene for longevity. And one for farming. And another for t...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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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 accuratel...

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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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