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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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Members of the Mountain Vi...

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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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

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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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

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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Desperate for dystopia: Book recommendations for local teens

Young adults today are transfixed by the miserable fates suffered in the best-selling “Hunger Games” trilogy. But now that the series is complete, teens might not know where to turn to get their fix.

Thankfully, the concept of idealizing human misery has been around for quite some time. Following are some of my favorite dystopian novels. They can be enjoyed by anyone but are for the most part directed at teens. Because who knows dystopia better than a high school student?

In “The Maze Runner” (Delacorte, 2009), James Dashner introduces readers to Thomas. And that’s all we know about him – his first name. Thomas proceeds to meet several other children, who insist that they know him. They also tell Thomas that they are inside a giant maze, and they don’t know how to escape. Dashner’s pace and style make this book impossible to put down, as you never know what might happen next.

Michael Grant’s dystopian science-fiction series “Gone” (Katherine Tegen Books, 2009) features plenty of action but is very dark as well. It follows the adventures of Sam Temple in the eerie town of Perdido Beach, Calif. On a completely normal day, everyone in the town older than 15 vanishes. Not only that, but the city and the surrounding areas are engulfed in an impenetrable bubble. Sam subsequently discovers that he and his peers have developed a unique supernatural ability. The six-part series will conclude with “Light,” which Grant plans to release next year.

Dystopia has been around for a long time, and with any long-standing genre, there are many classics. One of the best is “The Giver” by Lois Lowry (Laurel Leaf, 1994). This classic revolutionized the genre, because Lowry wrote it as if it weren’t a dystopia. She attempts to deceive the reader by writing from a utopian perspective. However, it doesn’t take long for the reader to discover the true nature of the tale.

The story revolves around a 12-year-old boy named Jonas who lives in a society that attempts to eliminate arguments, pain and other challenges by converting to “Sameness,” which also limits the amount of emotion felt by people in this society. When a youth turns 12, a ceremony takes place in which each child is assigned his or her profession. But on the day of his ceremony, Jonas’ name is skipped. The novel follows what happens after, as Jonas learns things that he doesn’t want to know and his perspective on “Sameness” changes.

Another old dystopic tale that claims its place among the classics is “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, originally published in 1953 but reproduced in many editions over the years. The story centers on Montag, who lives in a future United States where books are banned. Montag is a fireman, but his job isn’t to extinguish fires – his job is to make fire. Montag’s profession involves burning the houses of those who have committed the crime of owning books. All his life, Montag has performed his job without questioning authority. But after meeting a mysterious girl, his perspective on society changes and he finds himself in the middle of a self-inflicted conflict.

Other classics like George Orwell’s “1984,” written in 1948, and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” from 1931 line library shelves. Newer titles – Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” series begun in 2005 and Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series, the first of which was published last year – carry the dystopian torch.

Dystopias have been around for a long time, and all these new titles may even include a name that will eventually be heralded among the classics.

All titles are available at the Los Altos Library.

Nathan Desai is a sophomore at Monta Vista High School.

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