Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut

Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut


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Maayan Weitzman, le...
LASD aims to approve facilities master plan this school year

LASD aims to approve facilities master plan this school year

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Loyola School’s lib...
Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 last week to ...

All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch

All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch


Courtesy of Christine Moore
An easy Christmas br...
Los Altos Hills council adopts small-cell setbacks, rejects gas ban

Los Altos Hills council adopts small-cell setbacks, rejects gas ban

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Pl...
Town Crier names Ed and Pamela Taft Los Altans of the Year for 2019

Town Crier names Ed and Pamela Taft Los Altans of the Year for 2019


Ed and Pamela Taft

The Los Altos Town Crier h...

School records fall at state meet

School records fall at state meet


Malcolm Slaney/ Special to the Town Crier
Los Al...

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Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

1 HOUR Ago  |  Eliza Ridgeway

Los Altos-based Linden Tree Books is hosting prolific children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett for a family-friendly event 5 p.m. Sunday at th...

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School records fall at state meet

School records fall at state meet

23 Hours Ago  |  Pete Borello - Staff Writer/peteb@latc.com


Malcolm Slaney/ Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Lauren Soobrian set a school record at the state cross-country meet.

Record runs by ...

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Letters to the Editor, Los Altos City Council, dangers of 5G

23 Hours Ago  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

LA council throwing citizens under the bus

The title of a Nov. 27 letter to the editor – “Los Altos City Council supports citizens” – is misleading a...

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Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

23 Hours Ago  |  Rita Held


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Rita Held’s Lentil Soup, left, and Butternut Squash Soup, above, are both simple and nutritious winter soups that take ...

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Pack visits Nature Gallery

Pack visits Nature Gallery

23 Hours Ago  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

Courtesy of Kumar Natarajan

Webelos II Scouts from Los Altos Pack 78 recently completed their Earth Rocks! merit badge at Nature Gallery in downtow...

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Los Altos Hills council adopts small-cell setbacks, rejects gas ban

1 DAY AGO
Los Altos Hills council adopts small-cell setbacks, rejects gas ban
Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Planning Commission Chairman Jitze Couperus addresses the city council, explaining his preference for gas heating, at last week’s council meeting.

A year’s worth of impassioned statements from Los Altos Hills residents protesting the implementation ...

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Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

1 DAY AGO
Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 last week to confirm Councilwoman Jan Pepper as the city’s new mayor. Councilwoman Neysa Fligor was appointed vice mayor. 

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Schools

LASD aims to approve facilities master plan this school year

1 DAY AGO
LASD aims to approve facilities master plan this school year
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Loyola School’s library is housed in a portable building. The draft facilities master plan the Los Altos School District’s Board of Trustees is considering calls for a new library and technology building to be built. District administrators

The Los Altos School Dist...

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School Briefs: Vice chancellor, fire and elephant fundraisers

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FHDA hires Cheu as vice chancellor

Susan Cheu is now the vice chancellor of business services for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, after serving in the role on an interim basis since the start of the year.

The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously at a Dec. 2 meeting to ap...

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Community

Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

-1 DAYS AGO
Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

Los Altos-based Linden Tree Books is hosting prolific children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett for a family-friendly event 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

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Los Altos, LAH honor their volunteers

13 HOURS AGO
Los Altos, LAH honor their volunteers

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The 2019 honorees receiving Community Volunteer Service Awards are, from left, Sharleen Thorson, Andy Danver, Sue Marrion, Ray Piontek, Lindsay Carpenter and Mark Vasser.

One runs a nonprofit organization that provides used furniture to people in need. Another is an ...

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Sports

School records fall at state meet

13 HOURS AGO
School records fall at state meet

Malcolm Slaney/ Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Lauren Soobrian set a school record at the state cross-country meet.

Record runs by Lauren Soobrian and Adam Sage highlighted a banner day for Los Altos High at the state cross-country championships in Fresno, where the Eagles’ ...

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Williams succeeds Svedeman as boys tennis coach at St. Francis High

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Williams succeeds Svedeman as boys tennis coach at St. Francis High

Mike Williams is the new varsity boys tennis coach at St. Francis High.

Hired last month, Williams replaces Dick Svedeman, who retired at the end of the spring season.

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Comment

Letters to the Editor, Los Altos City Council, dangers of 5G

13 HOURS AGO

LA council throwing citizens under the bus

The title of a Nov. 27 letter to the editor – “Los Altos City Council supports citizens” – is misleading at best.

Burning through $100,000 of our tax dollars (with no end in sight) and allowing Shaw Consulting to claim we need “3,000 square feet or larger...

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Editorial : Not this year, but parade will go on

13 HOURS AGO

Bad weather led to the first-ever cancellation of the downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 1.

Obviously, everyone’s disappointed, from the parade organizers to the thousands of young children who were looking forward to their storybook characters coming to life.

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Special Sections

Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

13 HOURS AGO
Nutritious, warming winter soups you can make in a flash

Photos Courtesy of Rita Held
Rita Held’s Lentil Soup, left, and Butternut Squash Soup, above, are both simple and nutritious winter soups that take advantage of an immersion blender. The Butternut Squash Soup recipe includes only four ingredients.

 

Wintertime is homemade soup time. The f...

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All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch

13 HOURS AGO
All was calm, thanks to an easy Christmas brunch

Courtesy of Christine Moore
An easy Christmas brunch allows the hosts to have a relaxing holiday morning.

 

We learn in the famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” that when ’twas the night before Christmas, “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” The poem’s author, Clement Clark...

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Business

Nest Egg Briefs: Giving your teenager a gift better than cash

1 DAY AGO

Are you trying to come up with a creative gift to buy your teenagers for the holidays this year? Or have you given up and just plan to give them cash? In either case, they might qualify for an alternative gift that effectively keeps on giving for the rest of their lives: a Roth Individual Retirement...

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Transactions for the week of Dec. 11

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Los Altos

58 Alma Court, K. & R. Carrie to C. Fan for $4,210,000

17 Farm Road, Byer Trust to H. & H. Hua for $1,350,000

456 Gabilan Street No. 6, Recht Family Trust to J. & S. Lee for $1,570,000

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People

Scouting News: Troop 37 recognizes Eagle Scouts

13 HOURS AGO
Scouting News: Troop 37 recognizes Eagle Scouts

Ethan Chang and Ben Falkenburg

 

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 37 honored two new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony Sept. 15. Los Altos City Councilwoman Anita Enander presented the Scouts with proclamations.

To receive the Eagle Rank, the highest distinction in Boy Scouts, a Scout m...

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Pack visits Nature Gallery

13 HOURS AGO
Pack visits Nature Gallery

Courtesy of Kumar Natarajan

Webelos II Scouts from Los Altos Pack 78 recently completed their Earth Rocks! merit badge at Nature Gallery in downtown Los Altos. The Scouts enjoyed learning about rocks, minerals, crystals and the many fossils in the store. Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten and Dav...

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Obituaries

Bert George Hickman, Jr.

18 HOURS AGO

October 6, 1924 – November 23, 2019 Dr. Bert G. Hickman, Stanford University Professor Emeritus of Economics, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Palo Alto on November 23, 2019. Dr. Hickman was born in Los Angeles, CA on October 6, 1924 to Bert Geor...

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Adele Van Straaten

18 HOURS AGO

Adele Van Straaten passed away November 3, 2019 in Cameron Park, CA with her three daughters by her side. She was 90 years of age. Born July 23, 1929 in San Francisco, CA Adele was orphaned as a baby. She was raised by her maternal Grandmother until age 8, when her grandmother passed. Adele then liv...

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Stepping Out

Bayer performs 'Snow Queen' this weekend in MV

13 HOURS AGO

Bayer Ballet Company is set to perform “Snow Queen” 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The Snow Queen’s spell captures a young boy, and his best friend sets out to save him.

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'Messiah Sing' concerts set for next week in Cupertino, Mtn. View

13 HOURS AGO

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley celebrates the holiday season with its 53rd annual “Messiah Sing” concerts, scheduled Sunday and Monday in Cupertino and Mountain View, respectively.

The program includes “The Joys of Christmas,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Kirke Mechem’s “Seven Joys of Christmas” and Brian H...

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Spiritual Life

Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut

13 HOURS AGO
Hanukkah traditions can start with a doughnut

Courtesy of Ezzy Schusterman
Maayan Weitzman, left, and Teagan Cimring decorate pastry at a previous teen-oriented Los Altos Chabad event. 

In the weeks leading up to Hanukkah, young families dust off an heirloom menorah or proudly display a newly minted, often misshapen, preschool edition...

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Union Presbyterian hosts Christmas activities

7 DAYS AGO
Union Presbyterian hosts Christmas activities

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
The Rev. David Moore is distracted from the job of Christmas decorating at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos by his daughter Daisy, who arrived just in time for the holidays.

Local residents who enjoy Christmas food, music and worship will find plenty of opportun...

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Magazine

Seasonal splendor: Cauliflower crowns a holiday meal

21 DAYS AGO
Seasonal splendor: Cauliflower crowns a holiday meal

Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Cauliflower “steaks” make a colorful and healthful seasonal dish.

As the low-carb lifestyle continues to grow in popularity, cauliflower has become the superstar vegetable of the culinary movement, morphing into cauliflower rice, pureed as a replacement for mashed pot...

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Up with the roosters: Pre-dawn Masses celebrate Advent

21 DAYS AGO
Up with the roosters: Pre-dawn Masses celebrate Advent

Mary Larsen/Town Crier
Early arrivals at Mountain View’s St. Joseph Parish await the start of a pre-dawn Mass last Dec. 24.

It’s 5:30 a.m. Most people are home asleep or brewing coffee or perhaps starting their commute. Others are in church.

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College goes to top of the class for saving water


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Students in Dan Svenson’s Landscape Design Irrigation class at Foothill College examine nursery plants that can benefit from the horticulture department’s award-winning rain catchment systems.

In a time of crippling drought, Foothill College is earning props for some impressive water-saving projects conservationists hope that institutions, businesses and homeowners alike can learn from.

The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards coalition recognized the college’s environmental horticulture program March 23 as its 2015 organization category winner. The program’s cooling tower recapture system, rainwater catchment systems and recirculating water feature beat out eight other applicants in the category.

“It was very exciting, and it was wonderful to be recognized for our work at Foothill,” said Kathleen Santora, president of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation and benefactor of some of the Foothill projects.

The Environmental Horticulture Program’s succession of water-conservation projects began with the resurrection of a once-natural water feature. Decades ago, a creek meandered down from the hills and through Foothill’s campus before reaching the Bay. But throughout the years, construction of school buildings obscured the flow.

On the suggestion of horticulture faculty member Dan Svenson, the college installed a 125-foot-long recirculating stream, an educational tool demonstrating responsible landscape design techniques to students. Rainwater collected from the roof of the program’s construction lab building feeds into the stream, saving between 4,000 and 5,000 gallons of water each year.

The goal was to show that landscape designs could include attractive water features and still adhere to responsible, self-supporting water-conservation principles, Svenson said.

Santora, a Los Altos Hills resident who first enrolled in Foothill horticulture classes to learn methods for limiting water use on her own property, was inspired to fund a water conservation symposium, “Slow the Flow,” at the college. She helped secure grant support from the Schmidt Family Foundation’s 11th Hour Project for the installation of rainwater harvesting systems – one that provides water to the horticulture program’s nursery plants and a low-profile, 610-gallon system installed to show homeowners how to implement smaller-scale rainwater catchment efforts. Combined, the systems save approximately 30,000 gallons of water a year.

Conservation role model

Perhaps the horticulture program’s most significant contribution to water conservation is its cooling tower project. A year and a half ago, Svenson discovered that a large volume of water plunged into sewers after it cooled towers providing air conditioning across campus. Santora had the water tested. Although the runoff wasn’t suitable for human consumption, it would suffice to water lawns and ornamental plants. Now a recapture system reroutes the discharge to irrigation storage tanks, saving the district 50,000 gallons of water each year.

“Instead of throwing it down the drain, we captured it and redirected it to water the landscaping,” Santora said.

In addition to Santora, the Foothill-De Anza facilities department, including Tim Mechikoff and Mike Diefenbach, and numerous Foothill students, including Julie Davis, were instrumental in the completion of the cooling towers project, Svenson said.

Conservation accolades aside, Foothill College’s outreach efforts have made it a role model, according to Peter Drekmeier, policy director of coalition member organization Tuolumne River Trust.

“By educating others through tours and offering more than a dozen courses and seminars on water conservation and reuse, they’re leading the way in preparing our community for an uncertain water future as we appear to be entering a new area of extended droughts,” Drekmeier wrote in an email.

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