Panthers looking to repeat feat

Panthers looking to repeat feat


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St. Francis hires alumna as principal

St. Francis hires alumna as principal


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A teen's-eye view: Drone photographer's work on display at library

A teen's-eye view: Drone photographer's work on display at library


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Brayden Snedigar, p...
Local artist infuses humor in his offbeat paintings

Local artist infuses humor in his offbeat paintings


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Tips for battling allergy season

Tips for battling allergy season

Achoo! It’s the all-too-familiar sound that arrive...

Startup's co-housing concept adds Los Altos Hills luster

Startup's co-housing concept adds Los Altos Hills luster


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HubHaus residents Mat...

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Loyola students ask Parks and Rec for inclusive playground on campus

Loyola students ask Parks and Rec for inclusive playground on campus


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Loyola School third-graders are advocating for an inclusive playground like Magical Bridge in Palo Alto, left. The students attended a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting April 11 to lobby for one, even though the...

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Schools

Blach musicians place first at National Festival of Gold

Blach musicians place first at National Festival of Gold


Courtesy of Brittany Gray
Katherine Healzer, center, plays Handel’s Harp Concerto along with other members of the Blach Intermediate School Orchesta over spring break at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the National Festival of Gold.

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A teen's-eye view: Drone photographer's work on display at library

A teen's-eye view: Drone photographer's work on display at library


Renee Wang/Town Crier intern
Brayden Snedigar, pictured here with his drone, took aerial photos that are on display at the Los Altos main library.

Like many people in Silicon Valley, 13-year-old Brayden Snedigar loves technology. The Blach Inter...

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Eagles get even with Chargers, rout them 12-6

Runs were hard to come by when the Los Altos High baseball team faced Wilcox earlier in the week, but the Eagles scored early and often in Friday’s rematch.

Two days after dropping a 2-1 decision at Wilcox, the host Eagles prevailed 12-6 in wh...

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Letters to the Editor

Judge Persky should be recalled

Judge Aaron Persky should be recalled not because he gave Brock Turner a light sentence, but because that sentence is the latest manifestation of a pattern.

He has been consistently sympathetic and lenient toward pri...

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Tips for battling allergy season

Tips for battling allergy season

Achoo! It’s the all-too-familiar sound that arrives at spring’s first bloom. With it comes the dreaded stuffy and runny nose and itchy eyes – allergy season has sprung.

“Things seem to really crescendo in March, April, May, and that’s the worst time...

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Startup's co-housing concept adds Los Altos Hills luster

Startup's co-housing concept adds Los Altos Hills luster


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
HubHaus residents Matic Ferk, above, from left, Adam Lugowski and Kerry Jones gather in their Los Altos Hills kitchen at dinnertime. Their home’s communal living room provides a shared space to gather. It gazes out on Sil...

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DOROTHY V. PAULSEN

DOROTHY V. PAULSEN

Dorothy V. Paulsen, 94, passed away peacefully in Los Altos on Tuesday, April 3, just a month shy of her 95th birthday. She had lived and died just the way she wanted to, in her home and cared for by friends and family.

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Local activities offer a bounty of outdoor fun

Local activities offer a bounty of outdoor fun


S.M. Lieu/Special to the Town Crier
A youngster searches for treasure during the 2017 Los Altos Spring Egg Hunt. This year’s hunt is scheduled 9:30 a.m. March 31.

Spring has sprung, and with it comes a long list of family-friendly events in the...

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Loyola students ask Parks and Rec for inclusive playground on campus

Loyola students ask Parks and Rec for inclusive playground on campus

Courtesy of Olenka Villarreal
Loyola School third-graders are advocating for an inclusive playground like Magical Bridge in Palo Alto, left. The students attended a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting April 11 to lobby for one, even though they were on spring break.

Although it was spring...

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Business

Startup's co-housing concept adds Los Altos Hills luster

Startup's co-housing concept adds Los Altos Hills luster

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
HubHaus residents Matic Ferk, above, from left, Adam Lugowski and Kerry Jones gather in their Los Altos Hills kitchen at dinnertime. Their home’s communal living room provides a shared space to gather. It gazes out on Silicon Valley,

You’ve got a job – maybe even one...

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Sports

Eagles get even with Chargers, rout them 12-6

Runs were hard to come by when the Los Altos High baseball team faced Wilcox earlier in the week, but the Eagles scored early and often in Friday’s rematch.

Two days after dropping a 2-1 decision at Wilcox, the host Eagles prevailed 12-6 in what coach Gabe Stewart described as “a rollic...

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Community

A teen's-eye view: Drone photographer's work on display at library

A teen's-eye view: Drone photographer's work on display at library

Renee Wang/Town Crier intern
Brayden Snedigar, pictured here with his drone, took aerial photos that are on display at the Los Altos main library.

Like many people in Silicon Valley, 13-year-old Brayden Snedigar loves technology. The Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader has turned his passi...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Judge Persky should be recalled

Judge Aaron Persky should be recalled not because he gave Brock Turner a light sentence, but because that sentence is the latest manifestation of a pattern.

He has been consistently sympathetic and lenient toward privileged, white offenders. He has been particularly...

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Spiritual Life

Speakers reflect on faith and impact on lives at prayer breakfast

Speakers reflect on faith and impact on lives at prayer breakfast

Dillon

The 24th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, held March 16, featured two speakers – Justin Dillon and Promod Haque – who found strength in faith to address both global injustice and personal tragedy.

Dillon commits much of his time and resources to disrupting the $150 billion busine...

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People

DOROTHY V. PAULSEN

DOROTHY V. PAULSEN

Dorothy V. Paulsen, 94, passed away peacefully in Los Altos on Tuesday, April 3, just a month shy of her 95th birthday. She had lived and died just the way she wanted to, in her home and cared for by friends and family.

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Schools

Blach musicians place first at National Festival of Gold

Blach musicians place first at National Festival of Gold

Courtesy of Brittany Gray
Katherine Healzer, center, plays Handel’s Harp Concerto along with other members of the Blach Intermediate School Orchesta over spring break at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the National Festival of Gold.

The Blach Intermediate School Orchestra won first pl...

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Special Sections

Tips for battling allergy season

Tips for battling allergy season

Achoo! It’s the all-too-familiar sound that arrives at spring’s first bloom. With it comes the dreaded stuffy and runny nose and itchy eyes – allergy season has sprung.

“Things seem to really crescendo in March, April, May, and that’s the worst time of year for most people who live in Northern Cali...

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Stepping Out

Boston Pops performs Friday night at Stanford

Stanford Live presents the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a concert slated 8 p.m. Friday in Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall.

Conducted by Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops will perform the music of U.S. film composer John Williams, including tracks from the movies “E.T.,”...

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Obituaries

DOROTHY V. PAULSEN

DOROTHY V. PAULSEN

Dorothy V. Paulsen, 94, passed away peacefully in Los Altos on Tuesday, April 3, just a month shy of her 95th birthday. She had lived and died just the way she wanted to, in her home and cared for by friends and family.

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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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