Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut

Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut

In the weeks leading up to Hanukkah, young familie...

Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 last week to ...

Holiday Fund extends a helping hand

Holiday Fund extends a helping hand

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is in full s...

All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch

All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch


Courtesy of Christine Moore
An easy Christmas br...
Cheng and Landsberger re-elected to head Foothill-De Anza board

Cheng and Landsberger re-elected to head Foothill-De Anza board

Cheng

Pearl Cheng will remain at the helm of...

Town Crier names Ed and Pamela Taft Los Altans of the Year for 2019

Town Crier names Ed and Pamela Taft Los Altans of the Year for 2019


Ed and Pamela Taft

The Los Altos Town Crier h...

School records fall at state meet

School records fall at state meet

Malcolm Slaney/Special to the Town Crier
Los Al...

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Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

4 DAYS AGO  |  Eliza Ridgeway

Los Altos-based Linden Tree Books is hosting prolific children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett for a family-friendly event 5 p.m. Sunday at th...

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Sports

Williams succeeds Svedeman as boys tennis coach at St. Francis High

Williams succeeds Svedeman as boys tennis coach at St. Francis High

2 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Special to the Town Crier


Mike Williams is the new varsity boys tennis coach at St. Francis High.

Hired last month, Williams replaces Dick Svedeman, who retired at the end o...

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Letters to the Editor, Los Altos City Council, dangers of 5G

5 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

LA council throwing citizens under the bus

The title of a Nov. 27 letter to the editor – “Los Altos City Council supports citizens” – is misleading a...

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Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

5 DAYS AGO  |  Rita Held


Photos Courtesy of Rita Held
Rita Held’s Lentil Soup, left, and Butternut Squash Soup, above, are both simple and nutritious winter soups that take ...

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People

Pack visits Nature Gallery

Pack visits Nature Gallery

5 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

Courtesy of Kumar Natarajan

Webelos II Scouts from Los Altos Pack 78 recently completed their Earth Rocks! merit badge at Nature Gallery in downtow...

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Los Altos Hills council adopts small-cell setbacks, rejects gas ban

3 DAYS AGO
Los Altos Hills council adopts small-cell setbacks, rejects gas ban
Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Planning Commission Chairman Jitze Couperus addresses the city council, explaining his preference for gas heating, at last week’s council meeting.

A year’s worth of impassioned statements from Los Altos Hills residents protesting the implementation ...

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Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

3 DAYS AGO
Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 last week to confirm Councilwoman Jan Pepper as the city’s new mayor. Councilwoman Neysa Fligor was appointed vice mayor. 

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Schools

LASD aims to approve facilities master plan this school year

-1 DAYS AGO
LASD aims to approve facilities master plan this school year
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Loyola School’s library is housed in a portable building. The draft facilities master plan the Los Altos School District’s Board of Trustees is considering calls for a new library and technology building to be built.

The Los Altos School District is aiming to approv...

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Los Altos School District purchases 10th school site

12 HOURS AGO
Los Altos School District purchases 10th school site
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Kohl’s and T-Mobile are two of the businesses currently operating on the Mountain View land the Los Altos School District has purchased for a 10th school site.

Capping off a years-long process, the Los Altos School District has bought nearly a dozen acres of land in...

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Community

Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

1 DAY AGO
Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

Los Altos-based Linden Tree Books is hosting prolific children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett for a family-friendly event 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

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Los Altos, LAH honor their volunteers

2 DAYS AGO
Los Altos, LAH honor their volunteers

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The 2019 honorees receiving Community Volunteer Service Awards are, from left, Sharleen Thorson, Andy Danver, Sue Marrion, Ray Piontek, Lindsay Carpenter and Mark Vasser.

One runs a nonprofit organization that provides used furniture to people in need. Another is an ...

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Sports

Williams succeeds Svedeman as boys tennis coach at St. Francis High

-1 DAYS AGO
Williams succeeds Svedeman as boys tennis coach at St. Francis High

Mike Williams is the new varsity boys tennis coach at St. Francis High.

Hired last month, Williams replaces Dick Svedeman, who retired at the end of the spring season.

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School records fall at state meet

2 DAYS AGO
School records fall at state meet
Malcolm Slaney/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Lauren Soobrian set a school record at the state cross-country meet.

Record runs by Lauren Soobrian and Adam Sage highlighted a banner day for Los Altos High at the state cross-country championships in Fresno, where the Eagles’ boys tea...

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Comment

Editorial : Not this year, but parade will go on

2 DAYS AGO

Bad weather led to the first-ever cancellation of the downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 1.

Obviously, everyone’s disappointed, from the parade organizers to the thousands of young children who were looking forward to their storybook characters coming to life.

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Editorial: Put a time limit on this council

2 DAYS AGO

Congratulations are in order for Jan Pepper, now beginning her second one-year stint as Los Altos mayor. Pepper previously served as mayor in 2015.

She will now preside over a city council that is well intentioned but could stand to improve its efficiency. Meetings have been dragging on and on. We ...

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Special Sections

Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

2 DAYS AGO
Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

Photos Courtesy of Rita Held
Rita Held’s Lentil Soup, left, and Butternut Squash Soup, above, are both simple and nutritious winter soups that take advantage of an immersion blender. The Butternut Squash Soup recipe includes only four ingredients.

Wintertime is homemade soup time. The following...

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All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch

2 DAYS AGO
All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch

Courtesy of Christine Moore
An easy Christmas brunch allows the hosts to have a relaxing holiday morning.

 

We learn in the famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” that when ’twas the night before Christmas, “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” The poem’s author, Clement Clark...

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Business

Nest Egg Briefs: Giving your teenager a gift better than cash

3 DAYS AGO

Are you trying to come up with a creative gift to buy your teenagers for the holidays this year? Or have you given up and just plan to give them cash? In either case, they might qualify for an alternative gift that effectively keeps on giving for the rest of their lives: a Roth Individual Retirement...

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Transactions for the week of Dec. 11

3 DAYS AGO

Los Altos

58 Alma Court, K. & R. Carrie to C. Fan for $4,210,000

17 Farm Road, Byer Trust to H. & H. Hua for $1,350,000

456 Gabilan Street No. 6, Recht Family Trust to J. & S. Lee for $1,570,000

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People

Pack visits Nature Gallery

2 DAYS AGO
Pack visits Nature Gallery

Courtesy of Kumar Natarajan

Webelos II Scouts from Los Altos Pack 78 recently completed their Earth Rocks! merit badge at Nature Gallery in downtown Los Altos. The Scouts enjoyed learning about rocks, minerals, crystals and the many fossils in the store. Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten and Dav...

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Scouting News: Troop 37 recognizes Eagle Scouts

2 DAYS AGO
Scouting News: Troop 37 recognizes Eagle Scouts

Ethan Chang and Ben Falkenburg

 

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 37 honored two new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony Sept. 15. Los Altos City Councilwoman Anita Enander presented the Scouts with proclamations.

To receive the Eagle Rank, the highest distinction in Boy Scouts, a Scout m...

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Obituaries

Bert George Hickman, Jr.

2 DAYS AGO

October 6, 1924 – November 23, 2019 Dr. Bert G. Hickman, Stanford University Professor Emeritus of Economics, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Palo Alto on November 23, 2019. Dr. Hickman was born in Los Angeles, CA on October 6, 1924 to Bert Geor...

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Adele Van Straaten

2 DAYS AGO

Adele Van Straaten passed away November 3, 2019 in Cameron Park, CA with her three daughters by her side. She was 90 years of age. Born July 23, 1929 in San Francisco, CA Adele was orphaned as a baby. She was raised by her maternal Grandmother until age 8, when her grandmother passed. Adele then liv...

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Stepping Out

Bayer performs 'Snow Queen' this weekend in MV

2 DAYS AGO

Bayer Ballet Company is set to perform “Snow Queen” 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The Snow Queen’s spell captures a young boy, and his best friend sets out to save him.

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'Messiah Sing' concerts set for next week in Cupertino, Mtn. View

2 DAYS AGO

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley celebrates the holiday season with its 53rd annual “Messiah Sing” concerts, scheduled Sunday and Monday in Cupertino and Mountain View, respectively.

The program includes “The Joys of Christmas,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Kirke Mechem’s “Seven Joys of Christmas” and Brian H...

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Spiritual Life

Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut

2 DAYS AGO
Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut

In the weeks leading up to Hanukkah, young families dust off an heirloom menorah or proudly display a newly minted, often misshapen, preschool edition of the Hanukkiah. Aside from crafting a candleholder or finding a new book about the old story of the Maccabees, most local Jewish families turn to f...

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Union Presbyterian hosts Christmas activities

9 DAYS AGO
Union Presbyterian hosts Christmas activities

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
The Rev. David Moore is distracted from the job of Christmas decorating at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos by his daughter Daisy, who arrived just in time for the holidays.

Local residents who enjoy Christmas food, music and worship will find plenty of opportun...

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Magazine

Seasonal splendor: Cauliflower crowns a holiday meal

23 DAYS AGO
Seasonal splendor: Cauliflower crowns a holiday meal

Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Cauliflower “steaks” make a colorful and healthful seasonal dish.

As the low-carb lifestyle continues to grow in popularity, cauliflower has become the superstar vegetable of the culinary movement, morphing into cauliflower rice, pureed as a replacement for mashed pot...

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Up with the roosters: Pre-dawn Masses celebrate Advent

23 DAYS AGO
Up with the roosters: Pre-dawn Masses celebrate Advent

Mary Larsen/Town Crier
Early arrivals at Mountain View’s St. Joseph Parish await the start of a pre-dawn Mass last Dec. 24.

It’s 5:30 a.m. Most people are home asleep or brewing coffee or perhaps starting their commute. Others are in church.

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