County reopens in-store retail, outdoor dining and more sectors Friday

County reopens in-store retail, outdoor dining and more sectors Friday

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Outdoor dining is one of seve...
Live blog: Today's SCC Public Health Dept. briefing in a nutshell

Live blog: Today's SCC Public Health Dept. briefing in a nutshell

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Hea...

Local parents adapt as remote schooling upends routines

Local parents adapt as remote schooling upends routines

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Local families are finding ...
Boston Marathon qualifier runs his own race

Boston Marathon qualifier runs his own race

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The Stone family – daughter ...
Los Altos Hills residents report mysterious pathways snake deaths

Los Altos Hills residents report mysterious pathways snake deaths

The discoveries of several stabbed snakes left con...

Protesters flood Castro St. intersection

Protesters flood Castro St. intersection

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Castro Street ...

Foothill student wins PSA contest with song, music video titled ‘Zoom’

Foothill student wins PSA contest with song, music video titled ‘Zoom’

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Foothill College student...
Eviction protections extended in Mtn. View

Eviction protections extended in Mtn. View

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A pedestrian and young ...

Los Altos councilwomen issue statement on ‘hurtful’ comment

The growing uproar over a Los Altos councilwoman’s...

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Congregating customers pose problems for businesses

Congregating customers pose problems for businesses

19 HOURS AGO  |  Melissa Hartman

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A group of car enthusiasts gathered in front of The Post restaurant on Main Street May 3 as they waited for their takeout, prompt...

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Russ Hubbard

9 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Report

Russell (Russ or Rusty) Scott Hubbard, 79, passed away March 24, 2020 after a fighting a battle with cancer. He was born in San Jose on May 23, 1940. ...

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Los Altos councilwomen issue statement on ‘hurtful’ comment

-1 DAYS AGO

The growing uproar over a Los Altos councilwoman’s racially divisive comments prompted an official joint statement today from Councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Neysa Fligor.

Bruins, who is white, was commenting at a May 20 council meeting on whether Los Altos should have its own ordinance requiring the...

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Law enforcement, city leaders issue statements of solidarity to protesters

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Law enforcement, city leaders issue statements of solidarity to protesters
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A Mountain View police officer and a Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office deputy team up during a traffic enforcement effort. Both local departments have issued statements against the Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd May 25.

The agencies that pol...

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Schools

LASD votes to extend BCS facilities deal through 2023

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LASD votes to extend BCS facilities deal through 2023
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Under the extension of the facilities agreement, Bullis Charter School would remain split between Egan Junior High School, above, and Blach Intermediate School.

Facing financial and operational upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Altos School District Board of Tr...

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LAHS staff distribute funds to families in need

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LAHS staff distribute funds to families in need
Zoe Morgan/Town Crier
Los Altos High School counseling secretary Mayté Vallado hands a family gift cards to help buy food and other necessities.

As the pandemic drags on, the economic reality of furloughs and layoffs is forcing some local families to make tough decisions.

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Community

Local National Charity League chapter helps out during pandemic

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Local National Charity League chapter helps out during pandemic

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Chow
Homestead High School junior Kaitlyn Chow lends a helping hand through the local Orchard Valley Chapter of the National Charity League.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people from all walks of life, service groups and philanthropies are expanding to help meet the ...

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Winners of 36th annual historical essay contest announced

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Winners of 36th annual historical essay contest announced

Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Anne Roberts, left, and the late Margaret Thompson for many years championed the annual historical essay contest. The contest is named after Thompson. The trophy they are holding goes to the school with the most award winners.

The city of Los Altos recently reveale...

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Sports on the Side

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St. Francis senior commits to college

St. Francis High girls volleyball player Gabby Silva recently committed to CSU Dominguez Hills. The senior libero ranked fourth on the Lancers in digs and aces this past season.

NFHS provides free officiating classes

With so many people stuck at home due to the cor...

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Los Altos High hurdler Melchor hopes to continue her track career at Oregon

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Los Altos High hurdler Melchor hopes to continue her track career at Oregon
Courtesy of Annabriza Melchor
Annabriza Melchor competes in the hurdles for Los Altos High last season.

By Jenna Webster
Town Crier Editorial Intern

Annabriza Melchor fell in love with the hurdles as a 10-year-old representing Santa Rita School at the Junior Olympics, not knowing it would lead her to be...

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Haugh About That?: Living in COVID isolation – the sacrifice you ask of me

1 DAY AGO

 

As I sat on the phone with each of my four adult children, I became pissy with what felt like overblown concerns about my safety. I’m not an invalid, I’m perfectly healthy with no compromised immune system, and I’m not “that” old. Then, they reminded me of my true age (67), and the targeted gr...

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Letters to the Editor: Conflict of interest, racism, development

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Mayor Pepper has conflict of interest

Los Altos is considering reach codes to ban natural gas in all new homes. The codes were written by Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy.

Mayor Jan Pepper is the CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy. Her position presents a clear conflict of interest, w...

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Toyota 86 is a screaming bargain

1 DAY AGO
Toyota 86 is a screaming bargain

By Mike Hagerty

There is a road in Japan called the Hakone Turnpike, a marvelous winding road with magnificent 360-degree views in some places and surrounded by the greens of nature. A road just made for a car like the 2020 Toyota 86.

Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The Hakone Edition of the Toy...

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Foothill Expressway and riding on the sidewalk – both can be dangerous

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Foothill Expressway and riding on the sidewalk – both can be dangerous
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Cyclists on Foothill Expressway in Los Altos pause at a light at the El Monte Road intersection, where widening construction is underway.

By Chris Hoeber

The construction project at the Foothill Expressway intersections at El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road has been in the...

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Business

Congregating customers pose problems for businesses

12 HOURS AGO
Congregating customers pose problems for businesses
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A group of car enthusiasts gathered in front of The Post restaurant on Main Street May 3 as they waited for their takeout, prompting some onlookers to question their social-distancing protocols. Another instances of onlookers objecting to social distancing, or lack thereof, occu...

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City, agencies host webinars for local small businesses

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City, agencies host webinars for local small businesses
Ryan Molinari/Special to the Town Crier
Red Berry Coffee Bar in downtown Los Altos displays a green-checkmark verification poster and a COVID-19 social-distancing protocol form, as required by the county’s health order.

Small businesses in Los Altos continue to adjust to evolving mandates amid the loc...

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People

Russ Hubbard

8 DAYS AGO

Russell (Russ or Rusty) Scott Hubbard, 79, passed away March 24, 2020 after a fighting a battle with cancer. He was born in San Jose on May 23, 1940. He grew up in Palo Alto, California and lived on Fulton St. (Christmas Tree Lane). He attended Walter Hays Elementary School, Jordan Jr. High School a...

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Delores (DOLLY) Kennedy Albright

8 DAYS AGO

April 29, 1932 – May 5th, 2020 Delores (Dolly) Kennedy Albright of Carmel Valley, CA passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on May 5th, 2020 surrounded by her four children and is now reunited with her husband Dr. George Albright (predeceased in February 2020). Born in Coraopolis, PA on April 29th,...

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Stepping Out

Peninsula Youth Theatre pivots amid pandemic

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Peninsula Youth Theatre pivots amid pandemic
Courtesy of Karen Simpson
Peninsula Youth Theatre has moved its productions and classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sahar Ophir, above, acts out a scene during an online master class in comedic acting.

By Naomi Baron
Town Crier Editorial Intern

Living up to the phrase “The show must go on,” Pen...

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Mtn. View’s Pear Theatre to stream short-play showcase through mid-June

1 DAY AGO

Town Crier Report

Pear Theatre’s 17th annual short-play showcase is streaming online for at least another week.

Directed by Troy Johnson and Betsy Kruse Craig, “Pear Slices 2020” is a collection of original, one-act plays from members of the Pear Playwrights Guild.

Released in mid-May, access to the pa...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Perspective: Perspective shows God has never left us alone

1 DAY AGO

One of the advantages of living in the 21st century is our ability to have a perspective on the thousands of years of religious history.

“Peerless is this Day, for it is as the eye to past ages and centuries, and as a light unto the darkness of the times,” Baha’i writings say.

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Looking back: Condoleezza Rice offers hope at outset of pandemic

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Looking back: Condoleezza Rice offers hope at outset of pandemic

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The Rev. John Ortberg, Menlo Church senior pastor, interviews Condoleezza Rice March 15.

 

Condoleezza Rice is no stranger to turning toward hope in a time of fear.

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Summerhill showplace: Los Altos home offers warmed-up take on modern design

22 DAYS AGO
Summerhill showplace: Los Altos home offers warmed-up take on modern design

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A sloped roofline and the warm tones of the stonework soften the modern exterior of this Summerhill Avenue home.

 

Ever fall in love with a house when you walk in the front door?

Home builder Abbie Bourgan aimed to make that happen with his recent project on Summerhill A...

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Gardens that give: Plant an abundance of flowers

22 DAYS AGO
Gardens that give: Plant an abundance of flowers

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
A front yard of lacy phacelia, California poppies and other wildflowers is a magnet for pollinators.

Claude Monet famously said, "I must have flowers, always, always."

I think of that quote whenever I see a garden designed or inspired by Kate Frey. She designs lush...

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