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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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Resident witnesses Boston Marathon bombings


Photo By: Courtesy of Bob Anderson’s ujena fit club
Photo Courtesy Of Bob Anderson’S Ujena Fit Club

Bob Anderson of Los Altos competes in his first Boston Marathon, which was marred by bombings.

Longtime Los Altos resident Bob Anderson isn’t likely to forget his first chance to compete in the Boston Marathon – certainly not when that first time was April 15.

Anderson, a 43-year Los Altos resident, was a block past the finish line, picking up his competitor’s medal, when the first of two homemade pressure-cooker bombs exploded.

The explosions injured more than 180 people and killed three – 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and Boston University graduate student Lingzu Lu. Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured Friday evening, ending a tense 24-hour period that effectively shut down the Boston metropolitan area as authorities searched for him and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The elder sibling died early Friday morning during a shootout with federal and local law enforcement personnel.

“The sound, the smoke – people just didn’t know what was going on,” said Anderson, founder of Runner’s World magazine (launched in the late 1960s), describing the scene. “It was just unbelievable. … Nobody had any answers. It was a situation where it wasn’t clear what was going on. Nobody could’ve ever imagined something like this could happen at the Boston Marathon.”

Anderson, 65, said his thoughts immediately shifted to finding his son Michael, who competed in the marathon for the first time as well. Seeking some confirmation that his son was safe, Anderson made his way to a bag drop-off area for competitors and asked a local marathon official if his son had retrieved his belongings.

“It appeared that he did,” said Anderson, one of nine Los Altos residents registered to compete in the 2013 marathon. “Literally, I was almost shaking asking the question.”

Anderson returned to his hotel and reunited with his wife, who had been taking photos at the finish line but left the area before the blasts. She had been in contact with Michael and knew that he was unharmed.

They also learned that their son finished only 3 minutes before the first bomb detonated, leading to an emotional reunion at their hotel later that day.

“It was just the unknown – not knowing what was going on,” Anderson said in describing the tension as he searched for his son. “(The reunion) was quite emotional.”

Anderson noted that the weekend leading up to the marathon was a celebratory time, with “total strangers telling me, ‘Good luck tomorrow.’ Everyone was just so excited.”

Those positive feelings continued during the early stages of the race, he added, as Bostonians and other spectators lined the course, offering support to the competitors.

“It was such a great weekend, with so much joy in the air,” Anderson said. “There were kids giving you high-fives and handing out water to runners. … In my mind, it’s the same as someone putting a bomb in a church. For this to happen at that moment and to put (bombs) in the crowd, it’s just terrible.”

Tragedy on multiple fronts

Anderson, who returned home with family the day after the marathon, said his thoughts have since turned to those affected by the tragedy.

“The fact of the matter is, we should be totally happy and focused on what we did,” said Anderson, who is shooting a full-length documentary on his 50 years as a marathon runner.

The conclusion of the documentary, he added, was slated to include footage of his experience at the Boston Marathon.

“Obviously, our hearts go out to the victims,” he said. “It’s just so tragic.”

He noted that the April 15 event in Boston this year is a tragedy in more than one way. While expressing sorrow for those killed and injured, Anderson said the bombing was unfortunate from an athletic perspective as well. Many marathon runners spend years training for the opportunity to compete in the event – and may never get a second chance.

“This is one of the most prestigious (athletic) events in the world,” he said. “Obviously the real victims are the ones killed and injured. … At the same time, there were people there from all over the world and this may have been their only chance to compete in the Boston Marathon.”

Resolve

Anderson wasn’t the only runner in Los Altos with his thoughts trained on the bombing victims.

Like others on April 15, Adam Kemist – owner of On Your Mark at 378 Main St. – said his gaze was trained on his TV set watching national news coverage of the event. Seeing the tragedy unfold from the other side of the country, he added, initially left him with a helpless feeling.

“It brought back the same feelings I had with 9/11 – the Twin Towers,” said Kemist, who attended the Boston Marathon as a spectator in 2002. “I’m sitting here asking, ‘What do we do?’ You sit here on the other coast and all you really do is sit and watch.”

Sitting and watching quickly turned into a call for action. Kemist and his wife, Micheline, contacted friends and regular customers to organize a 3-mile tribute run last Thursday in honor of the victims.

Close to 20 runners – some donning Boston Red Sox hats, others wearing New England Patriots jerseys – participated in the run, a loop that started at Kemist’s storefront and wound down First Street and Los Altos Avenue. Participants included members of the Homestead High Track & Field team.

The Kemists took part in a nationwide 4.09-mile run Monday – the time on the marathon clock when the first of two bombs exploded – along with members of the Los Altos High Track & Field team.

Participants collected donations at the events, which Kemist said he would direct to funds established for victims and their families, including 11-year-old Aaron Hern of Martinez. The total amount was not available by the Town Crier’s deadline.

As for Anderson, who along with his family participated in Kemist’s 3-mile tribute run Thursday, the bombing has only strengthened his resolve to show his support for the marathon in the future.

“It just gives me more reasons to support a race like the Boston Marathon,” he said. “In my mind, I’m not going to give those who did this any more power than they’ve already gotten. They’re not going to rob that from me.”

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