New ID sends residents back to the DMV

Real ID
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
California’s DMV started accepting applications for REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards last week.

A new federal requirement invalidating many state driver’s licenses at the airport has put local travelers on a timeline: head to the Department of Motor Vehicles sometime in the next two years for a new kind of license, or get used to carrying a passport on even domestic trips.

California’s DMV started accepting applications for REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards last week. The new licenses meet updated federal security standards by requiring applicants to appear, in person, bearing three different pieces of evidence regarding their identity, residency and citizenship.

MTC volunteer inspires students to see possibilities and 'don't settle'


Mentor Tutor Connection helps underserved children and teens reach their potential by providing tutors and mentors in Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

The nonprofit organization, a Town Crier Holiday fund recipient, offers academic tutoring for elementary and middle school students. At the high school level, the program phases in a mentoring component.

Man's good deed results in safety improvements at downtown bank

Wells Fargo Safety Measures
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
Philip Hordiner stands at the spot where he saw a couple fall in early November. He holds a railing that was installed in the wake of the accident.

One day in early November, Los Altos resident Philip Hordiner was crossing Edith Avenue into downtown when he saw an elderly couple on the ground in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank at 100 Main St.

One Warm Scarf project needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless and residents in need through her One Warm Scarf project.

Goldstein collects yarn for local seniors to knit the items, which she then delivers to homeless shelters from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

On the right path


The Los Altos Hills New Year’s Day hike enjoyed its largest turnout ever, according to organizers, with more than 120 walkers and approximately a dozen dogs hitting the trail for an adventure on the town’s pathways. “It was gorgeous weather, and wonderful to see so many families out enjoying the day,” said Melissa Dyrdahl, vice chairwoman of the Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee. “The most common comment I heard was, ‘I had no idea there were all of these pathways in Los Altos Hills!’”

Realtor charitable foundation's donations top $49K

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation donated $49,203 in 2017 to nonprofit organizations that help homeless and low-income individuals and families in Silicon Valley.

The foundation also funded scholarships for graduating seniors from public high schools in the region and disbursed $1,000 from the John Tripp Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment to students at Foothill and De Anza colleges, with one student from each school receiving $500.

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