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TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

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The Big Three: Town Crie...
Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time

Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time


Mountain View resident Reena Vokoun’s parent-and...
Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans


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Los Altos High’s Yuu...
Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease


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Debbie Nelson, center ...
Follies benefit for Los Altos Stage Company returns Oct. 5-7

Follies benefit for Los Altos Stage Company returns Oct. 5-7


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News

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

Town Crier File Photo
The Big Three: Town Crier publishers past and present, from left, Paul Nyberg, Mort Levine and David MacKenzie

The Los Altos Town Crier turns 70 years old this month. Sept. 9, to be exact, was the date of the paper’s firs...

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Schools

Yikes Tikes! holds open house

Yikes Tikes!, a Los Altos preschool, has scheduled an open house 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the school, 1577 Carob Lane.

According to instructors, Yikes Tikes! is a tuition-free co-op providing an “inclusive learning environment” for child...

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Community

Community Briefs

Hidden Villa hosts ‘Fiddles & Fun’ event

Hidden Villa has scheduled “Fiddles & Fun on the Farm: A Country Dance” 4-7 p.m. Saturday in Hidden Villa’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event will include a fa...

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Sports

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Yuu Ishikawa competes at No. 1 singles Thursday at Mountain View, where she won in straight sets over Elise Joshi.

Going into Thursday’s early-season girls tennis match between Los Altos and Mountain...

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Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneous...

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Special Sections

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease


Courtesy Of Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson, center in green, takes a break from her fundraising hike along the Camino Portugués. For part of her journey, she hiked with three supporters of Lyme disease research from Denmark.

Mountain View resident Deb...

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Business

What to do about the Equifax breach

Nearly half of all Americans have had their most sensitive personal data stolen from Equifax, one of the country’s three credit-reporting bureaus.

The hack represents the largest single data breach in U.S. history, and we should all be very co...

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People

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was pro...

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News

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?
Town Crier File Photo
The Big Three: Town Crier publishers past and present, from left, Paul Nyberg, Mort Levine and David MacKenzie

The Los Altos Town Crier turns 70 years old this month. Sept. 9, to be exact, was the date of the paper’s first issue – a hand-drawn four-pager filled 100 perce...

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Business

What to do about the Equifax breach

Nearly half of all Americans have had their most sensitive personal data stolen from Equifax, one of the country’s three credit-reporting bureaus.

The hack represents the largest single data breach in U.S. history, and we should all be very concerned about the ramifications.

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Sports

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Yuu Ishikawa competes at No. 1 singles Thursday at Mountain View, where she won in straight sets over Elise Joshi.

Going into Thursday’s early-season girls tennis match between Los Altos and Mountain View highs, Eagles coach Hung Nguyen and Spartans...

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Community

Community Briefs

Hidden Villa hosts ‘Fiddles & Fun’ event

Hidden Villa has scheduled “Fiddles & Fun on the Farm: A Country Dance” 4-7 p.m. Saturday in Hidden Villa’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event will include a farm supper and music and dancing with caller Andy W...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneously believe that idling is better for their engines...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Foothills Congregational joins in hunger walk

Members of Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos are scheduled to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Nealon Park, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

The walk is a fundraiser for Church World Service, a nonprofit group that feeds the ...

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People

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was proud to be an ‘Army Brat’ and traveled with her fami...

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Schools

Yikes Tikes! holds open house

Yikes Tikes!, a Los Altos preschool, has scheduled an open house 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the school, 1577 Carob Lane.

According to instructors, Yikes Tikes! is a tuition-free co-op providing an “inclusive learning environment” for children ages 2 to just under 5.

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Special Sections

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Courtesy Of Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson, center in green, takes a break from her fundraising hike along the Camino Portugués. For part of her journey, she hiked with three supporters of Lyme disease research from Denmark.

Mountain View resident Debbie Nelson recently turned her vacation in Spain a...

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Stepping Out

Bayer Ballet to perform 'Sleeping Beauty' this weekend in MV

The Bayer Ballet Company is scheduled to perform “Sleeping Beauty Suite” Friday through Sunday in downtown Mountain View.

“Sleeping Beauty” features magical fairies and other fairy-tale characters who come to life on stage. It features youth dancers from Bayer, a school of Russian Ballet based in M...

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Obituaries

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was proud to be an ‘Army Brat’ and traveled with her fami...

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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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Safai heads to MIT to run cross-country, track

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Eric Safai slides in an effort to get the ball. He participated in three sports for the Eagles.

Eric Safai can forget about resting this summer.

After a school year in which he played three sports – cross-country, soccer and track and field – Los Altos High’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year has been told to ramp up his running for college.

“The MIT coach wants me to get up to 65 miles a week,” Safai said of a request by Halston Taylor, who runs the cross-country and track and field teams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It’s not going to be easy – the most I’ve done is 30 miles in a week – but I do enjoy challenges.”

When it comes to his studies and sports, Safai has a knack for conquering challenges. He leaves Los Altos High with grade-A grades (4.6 GPA) and multiple MVP awards for athletics.

The secret to Safai’s all-around success? Time management.

“I would go to practice, go home and do work – I wouldn’t fiddle around or anything,” he said. “It was pretty easy for me. Schoolwork would always come first, and I actually enjoyed doing some of it – especially math and science.”

Safai approaches sports with the same vigor.

“I put a lot of work into sports,” he said. “When I first joined my club soccer team, I wasn’t good and I trained over the summer and got better. I like to prove that I can play a sport well.”

Safai proved that early and often at Los Altos. He was good enough to make varsity as a freshman in all of his sports. As a senior, he was voted MVP of his cross-country, soccer and track teams.

“Eric is an extraordinary athlete,” Los Altos athletic director Kim Cave said. “He demonstrates poise, confidence and determination every time he competes.”

Safai acknowledged he’s had some help along the way, much of it from his high school coaches – PattiSue Plumer in track and cross-country and Vava Marques in soccer.

“They’re both good coaches, and I feel lucky I had them,” the Los Altos resident said. “PattiSue is great – she instilled good ethics and a work-hard mentality. She’s done a lot for me. Vava yelled at me a lot my freshman year and definitely helped me improve. He taught me to play a different style of soccer than I was used to playing.”

Making varsity soccer as a fresh-faced ninth-grader “was a little freaky,” Safai said, “but by the end of the season, I was playing a lot and was fine with it.”

After playing sweeper his first three seasons, he saw action as a defensive midfielder as a senior.

“I enjoyed playing in the midfield,” said Safai, named to the SCVAL De Anza Division First Team this year. “It’s a lot faster-paced than being last man.”

Safai said the highlight of the season was beating Palo Alto in the third division game.

“We beat them 4-0, and they were league champions and undefeated in league the year before,” he said. “That was exciting.”

The Eagles didn’t make the playoffs – as they did Safai’s first three seasons – but he still considers it one of his best years.

“We did better than everyone expected,” Safai said. “We were fourth in league and were expected to finish last.”

The most memorable moment of Safai’s soccer career happened his sophomore year. While he can’t recall which team Los Altos was facing in the Homestead Christmas Cup game, Safai clearly remembers the unfortunate outcome of a play he was involved in.

“I accidentally broke a kid’s leg,” he said. “It was a slide tackle, but it was clean. I won’t forget it.”

The risks that come with playing soccer have convinced Safai to give up the sport – at least competitively. He intends to play soccer recreationally at MIT, but his focus will be on running cross-country and track.

“I still love to play soccer – it’s something I’ve always enjoyed,” said Safai, who’s played the game since age 4. “But if I want to run in college, soccer is too injury-prone to play.”

Safai hopes to run the 800 meters and mile at MIT under Taylor, who he hears is a demanding coach (see the 65-miles-per-week request, above).

Safai didn’t take up running until he got to Los Altos High. Safia said he went out for cross-country to get in better shape for soccer “and I did well and kept going.”

He made it to the Central Coast Section meet all four years, twice won the Central Park Invitational in Santa Clara and set a record for juniors in winning last year’s Lynbrook Invitational.

“The races are sort of painful – they’re not a light endeavor,” said Safai, interested in studying biology or bioengineering at MIT. “But when you get in a rhythm, it feels good.”

In track, Safai ran the 1,600 and 800 races for Los Altos and was part of the Eagles’ 4x400 relay team. He qualified for the CCS semifinals in both individual events this season and the finals of the 1,600 last year. Safai’s personal-best times are 4:24 in the 1,600 and 1:57 in the 800, and he is most proud of the former.

“My first two years I hated the 800, but it’s grown on me,” Safai said. “But I still like the (1,600) a little better.”

Safai, who set personal records in winning two events last year in a meet at Los Gatos, likes to save his best for last.

“I have a decent kick and catch people in the last 100 (meters),” he said. “It’s one of the thrills I get from racing in track.”

Safai hopes the thrills keep on coming at MIT. If not, Halston just might want him to run more miles next summer.

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