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Abandoned puppy finds forever home with police dispatcher

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Zeus, discovered abandoned in a cage, found a new home with a police dispatcher.

Throughout her 18 years with the Mountain View Police Department, public safety dispatcher Judy Cahill has made a habit of greeting the lost animals passing through the office en route to animal control.

She was not, however, prepared to meet the canine visitor who arrived Sept. 10.

Los Altos council candidates address city financial issues


A forum for Los Altos City Council candidates is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Six candidates are running for three seats in the Nov. 8 election. In advance of the forum, organizers prepared a series of questions for candidates to answer, with candidates responding to one question in each issue of the Town Crier leading up to the election. Following is the final question in the series.

Los Altos artist hosts boutique benefiting Child Advocates

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Midori Adams, left, and the young woman, Molly, for whom she advocated share a hug. Molly currently attends community college and plans to transfer to San Jose State University next year. Molly and Adams remain close.


Los Altos artist Midori Adams is scheduled to host her annual Archangel Holiday Boutique 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at her Los Altos home, 228 Marvin Ave.

Morning Forum: Paleontologist shares dream of tracking dinosaurs

Courtesy of Paula Tuerk
The Spinosaurus, shown here in action in a rendering by artist Davide Bonadonna, was the subject of a Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation by paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim Sept. 20.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos launched its fall season Sept. 20 with the presentation “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”

Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, Ph.D., a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and TED Fellow, is lead author of a study on the amphibious creatures who lived 100 million years ago in North Africa.

Ohlone Day explores local history

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Ohlone Day participants partake of a little light gambling.

Deer hooves rattled and branches clapped in an outdoor concert last weekend at Deer Hollow Farm’s Ohlone Day.

Volunteers encouraged the children making a clamor to imagine how one might dance to the sounds, filling in pieces of what’s known and not known about the people who lived on this land for thousands of years before European settlers arrived.

Volunteer costume curators bring creative dreams to life in Los Altos

Courtesy of Costume Bank
Volunteers at the Costume Bank helped create “Game of Thrones” characters from scratch, from Jaime Lannister’s gold hand, right, to the broad sword and furs of the North.

A group of Los Altos volunteers preserves a pre-Amazon vision of dressing up for Halloween, assembling from scratch elaborate and sometimes handmade disguises for local trick-or-treaters and costume partiers.

Los Altos’ Costume Bank rents and sells costumes year-round, but October represents their busiest time of year – and the period in which they raise the lion’s share of their funding for local causes. The shop raises proceeds for the Assistance League of Los Altos, a nonprofit organization whose volunteers man the store and serve as personal costume stylists. The Assistance League uses proceeds to support their programs providing housing for patients and their families adjacent to Stanford Hospital, and baby supplies for underserved families in Santa Clara County.

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