Los Altos Farmers' Market, special events return Thursday

Los Altos Farmers’ Market
Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos Farmers’ Market returns to State Street on Thursday.

The Los Altos Farmers’ Market is slated to return 4-8 p.m. Thursday along State Street in the downtown triangle.

To kick off the season, the market will host a variety of activities for both children and adults, including kids crafts, sangria tasting, live music and a $100 market basket raffle. A ribbon cutting is set for 5 p.m. to officially open the market for the 2019 season.

Derby all day, party all night

Vickie Breslin
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Post owner Vickie Breslin is set to celebrate her restaurant’s first anniversary Saturday with a Kentucky Derby party. She renovated the space at 395 Main St., taking care to honor the site’s historical roots.

Emerging from her office in the back of The Post restaurant on Main Street in Los Altos, Vickie Breslin apologizes for her outfit, lamenting the state of her ripped jeans. Everyone knows her for them anyway, but she hadn’t thought of being photographed.

Breslin settles into a wooden chair at a table toward the front of the entryway and smiles as she opens her phone. She admits she was just looking for her outfit, floppy and outrageous hat included, for The Post’s first anniversary party, scheduled 2 p.m. Saturday and open to all, with Derby post time at 3:30 p.m.

Village Stationers owner announces shop closures after 50-plus years

Village Stationers
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Owner Kerry Hoctor and his daughter, Shannon Klein, pictured in the Los Altos branch of Village Stationers Monday, plan to close the business this summer.

Kerry Hoctor, who took over his parents’ Village Stationers business after their retirement in 1981, last week revealed plans to close the Los Altos and Menlo Park locations this summer.

Hoctor sent a statement to local media outlets – “with a heavy heart,” he said – stating that after five decades serving customers, Village Stationers will shutter when he settles into his own retirement. Hoctor recounted the history of his beloved business, adding that he was 12 years old when his parents bought a “little stationery store” at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto in 1966.

County offers new mobile app for paying property taxes

Business and personal property taxpayers in Santa Clara County now have access to SCC DTAC, a mobile app launched by the county’s Department of Tax and Collections to enable more than 500,000 property owners to pay the second installment of their annual property taxes, due today.

“There is no longer a need to spend time in traffic, finding parking or standing in line at the Department of Tax and Collections to pay property taxes in Santa Clara County,” said Margaret Olaiya, director of the Department of Tax and Collections.

BBB warns of email phishing scam

The Better Business Bureau staff almost fell for this clever email con. Watch out for this latest twist in a long line of phishing emails that look like messages from workplace software.

How the scam works

You receive an email at your work address. It looks official, like a message from your office’s project management software. It alerts you that you’ve been added to a new project team, and your “director” is urging you to “follow up on this team urgently.”

Sweet dreams are made of cheese: Los Altos State of Mind owner Lars Smith wins spot on pizza team


Courtesy of Jim Smith
Public House and Pizzeria owner Lars Smith holds the pizza that won him first place in the United States Pizza Team’s competition in Cleveland in November. The victory enabled Smith to participate in the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy, set to take place next week. Smith and the rest of the U.S. team will compete against pizza makers from around the world in 55 categories.

Los Altos’ State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria owner Lars Smith is perfecting his recipes before he jets off to Parma, Italy, to compete in the World Pizza Championship, according to his father, Jim.

After winning first place at the United States Pizza Team’s competition in Cleveland in November, Smith qualified to compete alongside 18 other members of the U.S. team for the world title in Parma. The event is scheduled Thursday through April 11.


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