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Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade marches across generations

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade marches across generations


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Lancers whip Wilcox in CCS opener

Lancers whip Wilcox in CCS opener


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St. Fran...
Jean Stafford: Still having fun at 102

Jean Stafford: Still having fun at 102


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Jean Stafford relaxes at...
Krause Center's MERIT program inspires teachers to innovate

Krause Center's MERIT program inspires teachers to innovate


Instructors participate in this year’s MERIT Sum...
WomenSV raises awareness, empowers victims of domestic abuse

WomenSV raises awareness, empowers victims of domestic abuse


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WomenSV supporters incl...

City staff recommends cutting Hillview budget

The $35 million budget for the new Hillview Commun...

Editorial: Giving thanks

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News

Council OKs kitchen upgrade for Grant Park center

The kitchen at the Grant Park Community Center will soon be operational again after the Los Altos City Council voted last week to allocate funds for a much-needed upgrade.

The kitchen has been closed since the beginning of October, when the Santa Cl...

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Schools

Schools Briefs

Living Classroom seeks volunteer docents

The Living Classroom program is recruiting volunteer docents to help deliver hands-on garden-based lessons to students in the Los Altos School District.

Training sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 4...

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Community

Community Briefs

Foothills Congregational hosts Jazz Service

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a Jazz Service 10-11 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The Jazz Service is shaped around Old Testament themes common in African-Americ...

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Sports

Lancers whip Wilcox in CCS opener

Lancers whip Wilcox in CCS opener


R. ALAN HWANG/SPECIAL TO THE Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Darrell Page, trying to break a tackle against Wilcox, scored five touchdowns Friday.

Only Darrell Page’s name will appear in the St. Francis High football record book for rushin...

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Letters to the Editor

Let’s keep library in rural setting

We heartily concur with Barry Smith’s letter of Oct. 25, which praises the Los Altos main library’s current setup (“Los Altos Library setup inspires ‘total satisfaction’”)...

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Helping others as a way of life

Helping others as a way of life


First as a nurse and now as a volunteer, Mountain View resident Mary Hayes believes in spending her time and energy purposefully.

Community Services Agency recently named Hayes one of its “Hometown Heroes,” an award that recognizes ind...

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Business

Areté Dance Center still making moves

Five years after setting up shop in Loyola Corners, Areté Dance Center is still teaching locals how to cut a rug. But with a transition in ownership this year, the studio is looking to augment its dance offerings while still providing the inclusive, ...

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People

Wedding: Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg

Wedding: Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg


Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg

Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg were married Sept. 15 in Pioneertown, near Joshua Tree National Park.

The bride is the daughter of Joan Sherlock of Los Altos Hills and John Norheim of Piedmont. She...

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Council OKs kitchen upgrade for Grant Park center

The kitchen at the Grant Park Community Center will soon be operational again after the Los Altos City Council voted last week to allocate funds for a much-needed upgrade.

The kitchen has been closed since the beginning of October, when the Santa Clara County Health Department determined that it wa...

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Business

Areté Dance Center still making moves

Five years after setting up shop in Loyola Corners, Areté Dance Center is still teaching locals how to cut a rug. But with a transition in ownership this year, the studio is looking to augment its dance offerings while still providing the inclusive, welcoming atmosphere often missing on the more com...

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Sports

Lancers whip Wilcox in CCS opener

Lancers whip Wilcox in CCS opener

R. ALAN HWANG/SPECIAL TO THE Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Darrell Page, trying to break a tackle against Wilcox, scored five touchdowns Friday.

Only Darrell Page’s name will appear in the St. Francis High football record book for rushing for five touchdowns Friday in the Lancers’...

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Community

Community Briefs

Foothills Congregational hosts Jazz Service

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a Jazz Service 10-11 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The Jazz Service is shaped around Old Testament themes common in African-American spirituals (the Exodus, the Suffering Servant a...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Let’s keep library in rural setting

We heartily concur with Barry Smith’s letter of Oct. 25, which praises the Los Altos main library’s current setup (“Los Altos Library setup inspires ‘total satisfaction’”).

Our family visits the library every week for bo...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC offers free Thanksgiving dinner

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a free Thanksgiving dinner 2-5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The menu will include roast turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, honey-baked ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato p...

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People

Wedding: Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg

Wedding: Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg

Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg

Jacqueline Norheim and Joshua Izenberg were married Sept. 15 in Pioneertown, near Joshua Tree National Park.

The bride is the daughter of Joan Sherlock of Los Altos Hills and John Norheim of Piedmont. She graduated from Los Altos High School and earned a...

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Schools

Schools Briefs

Living Classroom seeks volunteer docents

The Living Classroom program is recruiting volunteer docents to help deliver hands-on garden-based lessons to students in the Los Altos School District.

Training sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 and 11 and Jan. 8 and 22 in the district’s ...

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Special Sections

Helping others as a way of life

Helping others as a way of life

First as a nurse and now as a volunteer, Mountain View resident Mary Hayes believes in spending her time and energy purposefully.

Community Services Agency recently named Hayes one of its “Hometown Heroes,” an award that recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations for their c...

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Stepping Out

Hanna to perform Nov. 29 at Stanford

Jerusalem-based singer Victoria Hanna is slated to perform 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall Studio, 327 Lasuen St.

Billed as the “freshest, edgiest, weirdest artist on the Israeli airwaves,” Hanna will perform new work she is developing at the Magnes Coll...

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Obituaries

CHARLES G. WILSON JR.

CHARLES G. WILSON JR.

Charles G. Wilson Jr., 95, of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday November 6, 2017.

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Magazine

Holiday happenings herald family fun

Holiday happenings herald family fun

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Santa joins the crowd for the annual Holiday Barn Lighting at Westwind Community Barn in Los Altos Hills.

Following is a roundup of local family-friendly events scheduled during the holiday season. From annual tree-lighting ceremonies to caroling and concerts, opportunities a...

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Epicurean's Mary Clark Bartlett: Serving sustainability


Courtesy of Michael McTighe
Mary Clark Bartlett is founder and CEO of Los Altos-based Epicurean Group.

Labels such as “healthy,” “organic” and “green” are rarely used to describe the meals served in most corporate cafes in Silicon Valley. But one Los Altos foodservice company under its pioneering leader, Mary Clark Bartlett, is out to change the way employees eat.

On a recent day, Maxim Integrated employees streamed into Cafe Rio, joining the fast-moving lines to order house-made sustainable albacore tuna niçoise, local organic brussels sprouts gratin and grass-fed roasted tri-tip with wild mushrooms.

Above the bountiful salad bar, a poster exhorted diners to “Go Greener!” Signs for “Recycling,” “Compost” and “Landfill” urged employees to dispose of their leftovers responsibly in the appropriate bins. Lunches were served on china plates and chefs filled to-go orders in compostable containers, including compostable utensils and recycled paper napkins.

Epicurean Group – a sustainable foodservice management company headquartered in Los Altos that serves corporations, universities and government and fine-arts facilities throughout the Bay Area – manages Cafe Rio and 39 other restaurants and cafes.

“Our goal is to improve the food system – and people’s lives – by changing one environment at a time,” said Bartlett, the company’s founder and CEO.

After founding the company on environmentally and socially responsible principles, Bartlett and her team have been turning principles into practices for more than a decade.

“We buy products that eliminate greenhouse gases and encourage the growth of organic farms and ranches, sustainable fisheries and artisan producers,” she said.

Going compostable

More than 125,000 pounds of waste annually has been diverted from landfills, largely thanks to a co-op that Bartlett established in 2010 for GreenTown Los Altos. The GreenTown Co-op supplies compostable takeout containers to Bay Area restaurants, cafes and schools from Napa to Monterey, participating in a larger statewide plan to achieve zero waste. Membership is free at greentownlosaltos.org/programs/business-co-op.

Because of the large volume that Epicurean Group purchases through the co-op, the compostable products are now available to co-op members at the same cost as inexpensive noncompostable materials like plastic and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS).

“The GreenTown Co-op is an important part of our mission to lower our community’s water and energy use and to reduce waste,” said Mike Barnes of GreenTown Los Altos. “When we started the co-op, our goal was to eliminate EPS take-out containers, which will be banned in Los Altos starting July 4 this year.”

Epicurean Group’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond compostable containers and extends to the food. Using local, in-season fruit and vegetables avoids the energy required for food transportation and storage. Serving grass-fed beef is not only more healthful, but also carries a lighter carbon footprint, because it doesn’t use fertilizers, pesticides and fossil fuels to produce and ship the grain used for feedlot cattle. Seafood is purchased following the guidelines established by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

Bartlett said she is proud that Epicurean Group was among the first food-service companies to be certified as a Bay Area Green Business.

Educating eaters

Trained as a chef and recognized as a sustainable food-service thought leader, Bartlett recently received The Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast’s Antonin Carême Medal for her environmental education and advocacy work. Former director of nutrition at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, she is passionate about healthful, sustainable food and responsible environmental behavior.

Bartlett serves on the leadership team of the local chapter of the global Slow Food movement.

“I see Mary as a crusader, helping to educate the Bay Area about sustainable food and waste reduction,” said Margie Suozzo of GreenTown Los Altos. “She’s generous to a fault and has contributed so much to GreenTown Los Altos and to our community.”

Bartlett plans to continue to educate clients and the public about the value of local food and the importance of waste reduction, recycling and compostable takeout containers.

“I have a vision of a new, sustainable food system, one that provides food that’s good for our bodies and good for the environment,” she said.

Michael McTighe is chairman of GreenTown Los Altos. For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

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