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Do you know the way? New wayfinding signs help navigate Los Altos

Do you know the way? New wayfinding signs help navigate Los Altos


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
New green wayfinding signs seek to provide a uniform guide to accessing Los Altos’ commercial districts.

What if all of Los Altos spoke with one voice, from Highway 85 to Adobe Creek?

Los Altos residents can begin to...

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Schools

MVLA community to weigh in on facilities at meeting today

Parents, students and teachers in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District can weigh in on the district’s still-developing Facilities Master Plan at a public meeting scheduled 3:30 p.m. today at Los Altos High School, Room 507, 20...

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Community

Los Altos Community Foundation gives more than $60K to nonprofits

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded more than $60,000 through its Community Grants program to 14 local nonprofit organizations that help seniors, youth, vulnerable populations, the environment and the arts.

The grants support activities ...

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Sports

Eagles soar into semis

Eagles soar into semis


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Alex Reelfs earned the win in Saturday’s CCS Division I quarterfinal game against rival Mountain View.

With Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I baseball quarterfinal game tied at 2 in ...

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Letters to the Editor

Plant-based diet key to saving planet

In his May 3 letter to the Town Crier, Jagjit Singh writes about eating a plant-based diet to save the planet (“Switch to plant-based diet to protect Earth”).

Well, he’s right!

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CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food


Courtesy of Community Services Organization
CSA staff load groceries to take to Castro Elementary School as part of a new outreach program for children and families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs at Castro and Mistral schools.

Maure...

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Business

A familiar face takes the

A familiar face takes the "Post" at Main Street bar


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
After a renovation, the Copeland Building at 397 Main St. will reopen as The Post in the fall. Owner Vickie Breslin will run the bar and restaurant, the former home of First & Main Sports Lounge.

Vickie Breslin ha...

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People

SHIRLEY HEMPHILL MAGARIAN

SHIRLEY HEMPHILL MAGARIAN

3/30/31 - 5/17/17

Shirley Hemphill Magarian, age 86, passed away in Pasadena, California.

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News

Do you know the way? New wayfinding signs help navigate Los Altos

Do you know the way? New wayfinding signs help navigate Los Altos

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
New green wayfinding signs seek to provide a uniform guide to accessing Los Altos’ commercial districts.

What if all of Los Altos spoke with one voice, from Highway 85 to Adobe Creek?

Los Altos residents can begin to see that vision with a new wayfinding program the...

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Business

A familiar face takes the "Post" at Main Street bar

A familiar face takes the

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
After a renovation, the Copeland Building at 397 Main St. will reopen as The Post in the fall. Owner Vickie Breslin will run the bar and restaurant, the former home of First & Main Sports Lounge.

Vickie Breslin had the option of leaving Los Altos when First &...

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Sports

Eagles soar into semis

Eagles soar into semis

Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Alex Reelfs earned the win in Saturday’s CCS Division I quarterfinal game against rival Mountain View.

With Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I baseball quarterfinal game tied at 2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Los Altos High ma...

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Community

Los Altos Community Foundation gives more than $60K to nonprofits

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded more than $60,000 through its Community Grants program to 14 local nonprofit organizations that help seniors, youth, vulnerable populations, the environment and the arts.

The grants support activities such as the Center for Age-Friendly ExcellenceR...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Plant-based diet key to saving planet

In his May 3 letter to the Town Crier, Jagjit Singh writes about eating a plant-based diet to save the planet (“Switch to plant-based diet to protect Earth”).

Well, he’s right!

Readmore

Spiritual Life

Christ Episcopal Church welcomes new pastor Dietrich Ranna

Christ Episcopal Church welcomes new pastor Dietrich Ranna

Courtesy of Sara Boadwee
The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna began her ministry at Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos in February.

Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos enters a new era with the calling of the Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna, who serves as the ninth rector of the church.

Ranna began her mi...

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Schools

MVLA community to weigh in on facilities at meeting today

Parents, students and teachers in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District can weigh in on the district’s still-developing Facilities Master Plan at a public meeting scheduled 3:30 p.m. today at Los Altos High School, Room 507, 201 Almond Ave.

A second meeting is slated 3 p.m. ...

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Special Sections

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

Courtesy of Community Services Organization
CSA staff load groceries to take to Castro Elementary School as part of a new outreach program for children and families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs at Castro and Mistral schools.

Maureen Wadiak has worked in the Silicon Valley communi...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co.'s 'Razzle-Dazzle' salutes talent in community

LA Stage Co.'s 'Razzle-Dazzle' salutes talent in community

Photos Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Blachappella, above, is set to perform at “Arts Razzle-Dazzle.”

Los Altos Stage Company will highlight performing arts in the community with its “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” event, slated 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Proceeds will support youth edu...

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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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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.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

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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