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Developer cancels First Street Green project

Developer cancels First Street Green project


Renderings of Los Altos Community Investment’s F...
LAH archer competes in world championships with Team USA

LAH archer competes in world championships with Team USA


Courtesy of Erik Schwartz
Los Altos Hills reside...
Eagles edged by Mustangs

Eagles edged by Mustangs


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Los Altos High’...
Peninsula Youth Theatre gets 'Creepy'

Peninsula Youth Theatre gets 'Creepy'


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Mo...
LAPD gains new officers, promotes others

LAPD gains new officers, promotes others


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The Los Altos Po...

Los Altos converting streetlights to LEDs

Streetlights in Los Altos are undergoing an upgrad...

News

Developer cancels First Street Green project

Developer cancels First Street Green project


Renderings of Los Altos Community Investment’s First Street Green project show a three-story office building next to a public village square above underground parking.

The local development company planning an office redevelopment and public par...

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Schools

Study session examines MV-LASD partnership as school-site search continues

Representatives from the Los Altos School District and the Mountain View City Council last week participated in a study session that explored using a zoning strategy to facilitate acquiring land in the San Antonio shopping center area for a 10th scho...

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Community

Community Briefs

French Fair benefits Mentor Tutor Connection

The 12th annual French Fair, an event devoted to French culture, food and fashion, is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

This year...

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Sports

Eagles edged by Mustangs

Eagles edged by Mustangs


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Ben Parker races to the end zone in Friday’s game at Homestead. The junior scored a pair of touchdowns.

The Los Altos High football team’s execution may still be lacking at times, but it...

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Letters to the Editor

Use native plants to replace stinkwort

As a professional, I have been converting weedy hillsides in Los Altos Hills back to native grasslands and wildflower fields. During that time, a new noxious weed, stinkwort, started growing along Interstate 28...

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Special Sections

RWC's Freewheel Brewing pours British-style cask ales and more

RWC's Freewheel Brewing pours British-style cask ales and more


Courtesy of Devin Roberts
Freewheel Brewing Co.’s head brewer Alisha Blue trained in Germany and worked in the United Kingdom before brewing in the Bay Area.

Founded in 2012 as the only brewery making traditional cask-conditioned British-style a...

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Business

LARC prepares Matrix launch

LARC prepares Matrix launch


Elizabeth Barcelos/Town Crier
Los Altos Research Center plans to open its doors next month to introduce the Matrix, a new data-sharing program that seeks to take on and eventually replace the internet.

While Peet’s Coffee & Tea on State Stre...

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People

WILLIAM NORTH WELCH

May 13, 1955-September 24, 2017

Longtime Los Altos resident William (Bill) Welch passed away and joined his beloved mother in heaven. He was a loyal friend with a great sense of humor.

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News

Developer cancels First Street Green project

Developer cancels First Street Green project

Renderings of Los Altos Community Investment’s First Street Green project show a three-story office building next to a public village square above underground parking.

The local development company planning an office redevelopment and public park in downtown Los Altos has cancelled its plans fo...

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Business

LARC prepares Matrix launch

LARC prepares Matrix launch

Elizabeth Barcelos/Town Crier
Los Altos Research Center plans to open its doors next month to introduce the Matrix, a new data-sharing program that seeks to take on and eventually replace the internet.

While Peet’s Coffee & Tea on State Street bustles with customers, things are much quieter...

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Sports

Eagles edged by Mustangs

Eagles edged by Mustangs

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Ben Parker races to the end zone in Friday’s game at Homestead. The junior scored a pair of touchdowns.

The Los Altos High football team’s execution may still be lacking at times, but it’s hard to find fault with the Eagles’...

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Community

Community Briefs

French Fair benefits Mentor Tutor Connection

The 12th annual French Fair, an event devoted to French culture, food and fashion, is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

This year’s fair will feature more than 60 exhibitors and s...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Use native plants to replace stinkwort

As a professional, I have been converting weedy hillsides in Los Altos Hills back to native grasslands and wildflower fields. During that time, a new noxious weed, stinkwort, started growing along Interstate 280, then its seeds spread off the freeway onto town...

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Spiritual Life

New LAUMC pastor inspires with belief in the power of good

New LAUMC pastor inspires with belief in the power of good

McShane

Kathi McShane greets with an assuring smile. The new senior pastor of Los Altos United Methodist Church exudes positive energy and inspiration.

A belief in good strikes at her core – it’s a belief that provides strength as she leads the large church and its congregation into the future...

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People

WILLIAM NORTH WELCH

May 13, 1955-September 24, 2017

Longtime Los Altos resident William (Bill) Welch passed away and joined his beloved mother in heaven. He was a loyal friend with a great sense of humor.

Readmore

Schools

Study session examines MV-LASD partnership as school-site search continues

Representatives from the Los Altos School District and the Mountain View City Council last week participated in a study session that explored using a zoning strategy to facilitate acquiring land in the San Antonio shopping center area for a 10th school site.

A transfer of development rights (TDR) i...

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Special Sections

RWC's Freewheel Brewing pours British-style cask ales and more

RWC's Freewheel Brewing pours British-style cask ales and more

Courtesy of Devin Roberts
Freewheel Brewing Co.’s head brewer Alisha Blue trained in Germany and worked in the United Kingdom before brewing in the Bay Area.

Founded in 2012 as the only brewery making traditional cask-conditioned British-style ales on the Peninsula or in the South Bay, Freewhee...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks production of 'Prince' enters 2nd week

TheatreWorks production of 'Prince' enters 2nd week

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Members of the ensemble create the sacred burning bush in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere of “The Prince of Egypt,” a new musical by Stephen Schwartz (music/lyrics) and Philip LaZebnik (book). The production runs through Nov. 5.

TheatreWorks Si...

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Obituaries

WILLIAM NORTH WELCH

May 13, 1955-September 24, 2017

Longtime Los Altos resident William (Bill) Welch passed away and joined his beloved mother in heaven. He was a loyal friend with a great sense of humor.

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Magazine

'All are welcome' moms group celebrates families helping families

'All are welcome' moms group celebrates families helping families

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Stephanie Braun, from left, Adam Braun and Marty Braun of Mountain View and Michelle Evans, Chloe Knapp and Kevin Knapp of Sunnyvale swing at a recent Las Madres gathering at Marymeade Park in Los Altos.

A parent is born at the same time as her first child, and remad...

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Water's the star in Rewa's garden

Town Crier Correspondent

I'm a Pisces - March 14 - born in the Year of the Dragon, and I've always loved fishponds and swimming," said Rewa Hulden-Hodges.

In Hulden-Hodges' small garden near downtown Los Altos, there's a remarkable amount of water, not to mention scores of pelicans and hundreds of interesting plants. It's a garden like many people remember from their childhoods, an entire universe of different planting areas, a sundial, fountains, birdbaths, cactus and succulents with abalone shells, comfortable upholstered chairs, generous overhead shade - there's even a new-millennium hot tub from which to view a nearby mini-fountain.

Hulden-Hodges' first gardening memories go back to the early 1920s in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where, as a schoolgirl, she helped her uncle grow vegetables. Then she was sent through a nearby tourist campground to sell the fresh produce to people passing through on sightseeing trips.

"Business really picked up after they opened Mount Rushmore," Hulden-Hodges recalled.

Hulden-Hodges also built gardens - all with fishponds, of course - on sand dunes in San Francisco's Sunset District, in San Carlos and off Summerhill Road in Los Altos Hills. Her downtown Los Altos garden began with a large double fishpond she designed soon after buying the property as an investment in 1959.

"This was the contractor's own home; he built three other houses, as well as this one in 1949," Hulden-Hodges said. "The garden was just grass and ivy when we bought it."

As a widow, Hulden-Hodges moved into the house in 1972. First, she filled the dry ponds with water and covered them with a wooden arbor, creating a restful and shady corner of tranquillity in the backyard. Then, she took out the lawn in front, planted trees, including a now-towering redwood, and clivia, nandina, Burmese honeysuckle and baby tears. An ancient native American grinding stone points the way to the front door.

Next, Hulden-Hodges laid out a rose garden along the driveway, installed another small fountain, and started creating numerous garden rooms, making a mosaic of planting beds throughout the back of the property, which measures about 50 feet by 100 feet in all.

With a rap of a small rock on a larger one beside the double pond, she called her many backyard goldfish for a snack. A miniature water wheel, a gift from her son, turns gently and adds to the watery ambience. Birds dart everywhere, sipping flowery nectars and feeding from the many stations Hulden-Hodges stocks with seed.

"Everybody just goes straight out here when they come to visit," she said. "We live out here in the summer."

From the shady front garden, visitors pass first through a west-facing side garden that has been planted with desert-loving ice plant and shelves of cacti and succulents. Pots of geraniums scramble in front of "old man" cactus, tall yucca and volcanic rock collected in Arizona.

"This is a real sun trap," Hulden-Hodges said.

Her good friend and fellow gardener Desmond Lillie has made a wooden sign for the gate into the back garden: "Love Grows Here."

Alstromenia in bright color, potato vines, impatiens, tiger lilies, azaleas, Japanese arched bridges, Japanese irises, fuschias and statues are just a few of the bright spots that attract attention. More retiring, but equally fascinating, are the sparrows, hummingbirds and orchids that shimmer in unexpected places.

"I like bright-colored flowers, not white ones," Hulden-Hodges said.

At the very back of the property, down a camellia-lined path, there is still another garden area, which she calls the "Back Forty." Here she grows winter chard, summer vegetables, irises, lavender, clematis, a Cecil Bruner rose, a fig tree, a 10-year-old white angel's trumpet and a "tomato tree" from Australia.

"When we sit in the back garden, we are in our own little world," Hulden-Hodges said.

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