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Politics as sport: Fight night, every night

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MVLA discusses homework limits

MVLA discusses homework limits


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Mountain View Los Altos Un...
Physicist illuminates deep concepts for TheatreWorks production

Physicist illuminates deep concepts for TheatreWorks production


Partridge

Richard Partridge is a physicist by...

LA History Museum hosts Smithsonian exhibition on Asian immigrants, laborers

LA History Museum hosts Smithsonian exhibition on Asian immigrants, laborers


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Japanese-Am...
Annual Silicon Valley Tour de Coop cycles into town Saturday

Annual Silicon Valley Tour de Coop cycles into town Saturday


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Participants in last year’...

LA Stage Company's 'Crucible' continues at Bus Barn Theater

The Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “The C...

Los Altos resident realizes childhood dream of reaching 100

Los Altos resident realizes childhood dream of reaching 100

Ever since Muriel Perkins was 3 years old, she has...

MV Spartans take tourney

MV Spartans take tourney


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News

"Green" office project clears latest hurdle

The color green made a triumphant return to the Los Altos council chambers Thursday as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission voted to recommend the approval of the First Street Green’s commercial design review application to the Planning and...

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Schools

Mentor Tutor Connection welcomes new hires

Los Altos moms Ann Wolff and Christy Flahavan have dedicated much of their time to helping students. Now they are furthering their involvement with the educational system by working for Mentor Tutor Connection, a local nonprofit organization that sup...

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Community

Community Briefs

Pancreatic cancer walk set for Saturday

The second Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is scheduled Saturday at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Registration is slated to begin at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. just beyond the park gates....

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Sports

Sports on the Side

LA native Bishop takes 4th in aquathlon

Los Altos resident Kevin Bishop placed fourth in the U23 division of the Aquathlon World Championships last month in Penticton, British Columbia. The graduate of Monta Vista High and Stanford University came ...

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Letters to the Editor

First Street Green offers ‘sensible growth’

Having had the experience of serving on the Los Altos City Council for approximately 12 years, I have reviewed many requests for approval of major projects. However, I have never witnessed the ...

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Special Sections

Survivor shares Japanese internment experience

Survivor shares Japanese internment experience

The creative writing assignment was two-fold: Personalize a story the teacher had read to the class about a bank robbery and then write something about herself that might be of interest to others. For the latter, Jeanette S. Arakawa wrote about her t...

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People

Wedding: Abby Damm and Kevin Conner

 

Abby Damm and Kevin Conner were married June 3 at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

The bride is the daughter of Barbara Althoff and Jack Damm of Los Altos Hills. She graduated from Mountain View High School and earned bachelor’s and mas...

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News

"Green" office project clears latest hurdle

The color green made a triumphant return to the Los Altos council chambers Thursday as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission voted to recommend the approval of the First Street Green’s commercial design review application to the Planning and Transportation Commission.

Representatives of Lo...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

LA native Bishop takes 4th in aquathlon

Los Altos resident Kevin Bishop placed fourth in the U23 division of the Aquathlon World Championships last month in Penticton, British Columbia. The graduate of Monta Vista High and Stanford University came in just 11 seconds behind the bronze medalist in t...

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Community

Community Briefs

Pancreatic cancer walk set for Saturday

The second Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is scheduled Saturday at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Registration is slated to begin at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. just beyond the park gates. The 5K route is accessible to strollers and those...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

First Street Green offers ‘sensible growth’

Having had the experience of serving on the Los Altos City Council for approximately 12 years, I have reviewed many requests for approval of major projects. However, I have never witnessed the review of a project with as many community benefit...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC performs with Viva la Musica

Musicians from Los Altos United Methodist Church and the Viva la Musica choir and chamber orchestra are scheduled to perform a “Baltic Tour Farewell Concert” 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The musicians will join forces under the baton of Shulami...

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People

Wedding: Abby Damm and Kevin Conner

 

Abby Damm and Kevin Conner were married June 3 at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

The bride is the daughter of Barbara Althoff and Jack Damm of Los Altos Hills. She graduated from Mountain View High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. She is...

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Schools

Mentor Tutor Connection welcomes new hires

Los Altos moms Ann Wolff and Christy Flahavan have dedicated much of their time to helping students. Now they are furthering their involvement with the educational system by working for Mentor Tutor Connection, a local nonprofit organization that supports area schools.

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Special Sections

Survivor shares Japanese internment experience

Survivor shares Japanese internment experience

The creative writing assignment was two-fold: Personalize a story the teacher had read to the class about a bank robbery and then write something about herself that might be of interest to others. For the latter, Jeanette S. Arakawa wrote about her time in Rohwer internment camp in Arkansas.

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Stepping Out

Pops performs Sunday at Flint Center

Pops performs Sunday at Flint Center

Courtesy of California Pops Orchestra
California Pops Orchestra and the Black Tie Jazz Band reunite Sunday for “Tribute to the Big Bands.”

California Pops Orchestra, the country’s only all-request pops orchestra, joins forces with the Black Tie Jazz Band for its season opener, ...

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Obituaries

ROBERT (BOB) NEWELL WORCESTER

ROBERT (BOB) NEWELL WORCESTER

IN MEMORIUM

(1-Year Anniversary)

June 18, 1922 - September 13, 2016

Cupertino, CA.

Bob leaves behind many family members and so many friends, all of whom greatly miss him on this 1 year anniversary of his passing... September 13, 2016.

“Milkshake Bob” was one of his favorite nicknames (from h...

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Magazine

Senior team targets keys for a satisfying life: Socializing, exercising mind & body top goals

Senior team targets keys for a satisfying life: Socializing, exercising mind & body top goals

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Seniors sing carols at the Grant Park holiday party. The Senior Commission aims to expand such programming.

 

Gary Anderson is a former member of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission. Following is his update on local senior services a...

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Surviving the Death Ride

Photo Courtesy Of Pam Kelly

Bradley Erickson of Los Altos reaches Carson Pass cycling in the 29th annual Death Ride July 11. The ride features five passes.

In a little more than a year, Bradley Erickson has gone from road-bike beginner to Death Ride survivor.

The Los Altos resident July 11 completed perhaps the most grueling cycling event in Northern California, the 29th annual Death Ride, which brings riders from all over the world to the tiny town of Markleeville each year.

"I started cycling last year, and my goal was to get in shape," the 40-year-old Erickson said. "I set the bar higher this year. This was the hardest physical challenge I've done so far."

With 15,000 feet of climbing, the Death Ride is a challenge for the lungs, muscles and mind. The 129-mile ride through an area of Alpine County nicknamed "the California Alps" features five mountain passes and rivals the climb of any stage of this summer's Tour de France.

Nearly 3,000 people enter every year, but far fewer finish. There's a reason the logo for the 2009 Death Ride was a skull and crossbones – the climb is a killer.

Nearly half of the participants surrender along the way. If climbing both sides of Monitor Pass (elevation: 8,314 feet) doesn't get you, traversing both sides of Ebbetts Pass (8,730) just might, or simply the thought of still having to get over the east side of Carson Pass (8,574) before coasting to the finish at Turtle Rock Park.

"All the peaks are pretty high," Erickson said. "Ebbetts Peak is higher than the highest peak in this year's Tour de France. (The hardest part) was just getting up and over those peaks, and doing five of them and 129 miles in one day."

Erickson conquered the course in 9 1/2 hours. He embarked at 5 a.m., made a few quick stops for water and finished by 2:30 p.m.

"That's really fast," teammate Leah Toeniskoetter said.

Toeniskoetter should know – she's participated in the last four Death Rides. The San Jose resident was captain of Erickson's team, which pedaled with a purpose. The 25 members raised money for TurningWheels for Kids, a Bay Area non-profit organization that provides bikes to low-income children at Christmas.

Erickson's involvement with TurningWheels began before he even imagined taking on the Death Ride. Erickson and his son Drew, a fourth-grader at Almond School, have participated in the last two TurningWheels for Kids Bike Builds, at which hundreds of volunteers gather each December in downtown San Jose to assemble the bicycles that will be given away. Approximately 2,000 bikes were built this year, according to Erickson.

"It's a great cause," Erickson said of TurningWheels, which turns every $75 in donations into a new bike, helmet and lock for a needy child. "It was nice to do (the Death Ride) for my favorite charity."

The last Bike Build is where Erickson first dared to dream about the Death Ride. Co-workers from Cisco Systems participating in the project pointed him toward Toeniskoetter and her TurningWheels team.

"It was a perfect fit," Erickson said.

He began training with the team at the end of February, taking part in organized rides every other weekend that often went from the valley to the coast. Erickson said he enjoyed the support of his teammates and learned valuable lessons about nutrition and how to handle the elevation from Death Ride veteran Toeniskoetter.

"Leah gave me a lot of good advice," he said. "She's amazing."

Erickson also prepared on his own, biking to work (nearly 28 miles roundtrip) two to three times a week.

"I didn't have to train as much as you'd think," he said.

Whatever Erickson did, it worked. Not even the dreaded elevation gain of the Death Ride intimidated him.

"It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," said Erickson, who grew up playing hockey in northern Minnesota. "When I was finished, I thought, ‘I really want to do this again next year.'"

Count Toeniskoetter among those impressed with Erickson, who joined her in the group of 14 TurningWheel members to finish the ride.

"He's incredible," she said. "He's a strong rider with a great attitude."

Erickson's biggest concern before the event wasn't riding but raising – funds, that is ­– for the team's cause.

"I was nervous about the ride, but I may have been more nervous about raising money," said Erickson, who moved to Los Altos five years ago. "But people were very generous – it was really impressive."

Erickson said he raised $2,000, exceeding his goal of collecting enough to provide 20-25 bikes for children in need.

The TurningWheels team raised $35,000, doubling its goal.

"It was a huge effort, especially in this tough economy," said Toeniskoetter, who raised $12,000. "It's a great way to make a positive impact at Christmas, especially this year."

For more information on TurningWheels for Kids or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.turningwheelsforkids.org.

Contact Pete Borello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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