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Group launches website to engage LASD community on land solutions

A group of Los Altos School District parents and community leaders have joined forces to advocate for exploring existing-land solutions to create a 10th school site for the district.

The group recently launched a website, Creative Facilities Solutio...

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Schools

Deadline for senior parcel-tax exemption looms

Senior homeowners who reside in the Los Altos School District may be eligible for exemption from the district parcel tax. The deadline to request an exemption is Friday.

To qualify, homeowners must be age 65 or over, own a parcel of land within dist...

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Community

Honoring historical homes

Honoring historical homes


Five Los Altos residents recently received plaques acknowledging their homes’ historical status. Three of the homeowners attended a ceremony at the Los Altos History Museum June 5, where Nomi Trapnell, chairwoman of the Los Altos Historical ...

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Sports

Local North all-stars not satisfied with tie in Wedemeyer game

Local North all-stars not satisfied with tie in Wedemeyer game


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Tonga Keti, right, battles a blocker in Saturday’s game.

Don’t tell these guys that the result of the 43rd annual Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game didn’t matter. Exhibition...

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Letters to the Editor

Cuesta Drive: Not such a safe route to school

I noticed that the June 7 and 14 issues of the Town Crier featured a series of articles about the dangers of biking to school in south Los Altos.

I would like to bring your attention to one of the most ...

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Special Sections

Yard remodel results in win-win-win landscape

Yard remodel results in win-win-win landscape


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
At the front of the yard, passersby can enjoy the fragrant flowers of ​Cedros Island verbena​.​ ​Each mounded shrub, covered in flowers from spring to fall, can reach 2-3 feet high and 3-6 feet wide.

 

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Business

Brand-name retailers won't risk Los Altos, brokers claim

Brand-name retailers won't risk Los Altos, brokers claim


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Chico’s, the women’s clothing store on Main Street, is the exception to the rule of no big-brand shops in Los Altos. Some local residents want additional national retailers downtown, but brokers say that more people and ...

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People

LEONARD L. HELTON

LEONARD L. HELTON

Leonard L. Helton passed away on June 2, 2017. Leonard is survived by his loving wife of almost 68 years, Anna, his two daughters, Laura Perry and Valarie Sanford, and his three granddaughters, Whitney Sanford, Samantha Sanford, and Anna Perry...

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News

Group launches website to engage LASD community on land solutions

A group of Los Altos School District parents and community leaders have joined forces to advocate for exploring existing-land solutions to create a 10th school site for the district.

The group recently launched a website, Creative Facilities Solutions at creativefacilitiessolutions.org, to explore ...

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Business

Brand-name retailers won't risk Los Altos, brokers claim

Brand-name retailers won't risk Los Altos, brokers claim

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Chico’s, the women’s clothing store on Main Street, is the exception to the rule of no big-brand shops in Los Altos. Some local residents want additional national retailers downtown, but brokers say that more people and new buildings are needed first.

Even if many Lo...

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Sports

Local North all-stars not satisfied with tie in Wedemeyer game

Local North all-stars not satisfied with tie in Wedemeyer game

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Tonga Keti, right, battles a blocker in Saturday’s game.

Don’t tell these guys that the result of the 43rd annual Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game didn’t matter. Exhibition game or not, local players on the North werenR...

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Community

Honoring historical homes

Honoring historical homes

Five Los Altos residents recently received plaques acknowledging their homes’ historical status. Three of the homeowners attended a ceremony at the Los Altos History Museum June 5, where Nomi Trapnell, chairwoman of the Los Altos Historical Commission, recognized and thanked them for their ...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Cuesta Drive: Not such a safe route to school

I noticed that the June 7 and 14 issues of the Town Crier featured a series of articles about the dangers of biking to school in south Los Altos.

I would like to bring your attention to one of the most dangerous areas of the city: Cuesta Drive between ...

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Spiritual Life

Marriage advocate inspires local Mothers Together group

Marriage advocate inspires local Mothers Together group

Courtesy of Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt
Julie Landreth, who teaches the marriage study “Wife Lab,” encourages members of Menlo Church’s Mothers Together group to figure out ways to make their husbands’ lives better.

Amid soaring divorce rates and highly stressed and unhappy mar...

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People

LEONARD L. HELTON

LEONARD L. HELTON

Leonard L. Helton passed away on June 2, 2017. Leonard is survived by his loving wife of almost 68 years, Anna, his two daughters, Laura Perry and Valarie Sanford, and his three granddaughters, Whitney Sanford, Samantha Sanford, and Anna Perry.

Readmore

Schools

Deadline for senior parcel-tax exemption looms

Senior homeowners who reside in the Los Altos School District may be eligible for exemption from the district parcel tax. The deadline to request an exemption is Friday.

To qualify, homeowners must be age 65 or over, own a parcel of land within district boundaries and use the parcel as their princi...

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Special Sections

Yard remodel results in win-win-win landscape

Yard remodel results in win-win-win landscape

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
At the front of the yard, passersby can enjoy the fragrant flowers of ​Cedros Island verbena​.​ ​Each mounded shrub, covered in flowers from spring to fall, can reach 2-3 feet high and 3-6 feet wide.

 

After they retired and remodeled their Mountain V...

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Stepping Out

Remix finds new fun in beloved language

Remix finds new fun in beloved language

Courtesy of Pear Theatre
Tender harassments play on power and desire in “What You Will.”

A character’s admonition to “make not your thoughts your prisons” elegantly echoes the conceptual freedoms found in Pear Theatre’s new play, “What You Will.”

Cl...

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Obituaries

LEONARD L. HELTON

LEONARD L. HELTON

Leonard L. Helton passed away on June 2, 2017. Leonard is survived by his loving wife of almost 68 years, Anna, his two daughters, Laura Perry and Valarie Sanford, and his three granddaughters, Whitney Sanford, Samantha Sanford, and Anna Perry.

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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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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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You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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