Police believe July 4 car thefts linked

Los Altos Police are investigating two reports of vehicles stolen from the 100 block of Marvin Avenue, and officers suspect that the same person is responsible for both July 4 incidents.

The first theft was reported at 8:33 a.m. and the second came at noon, according to CrimeReports.com.

Clyde Noel: Fun-loving 'man on the street' was avid local volunteer

Clyde Noel loved telling a good story and sharing a conspiratorial laugh. The retired sporting-goods salesman had a passion for people, a devotion he parlayed into a second career as a volunteer, full-time roving reporter for the Town Crier.

Mr. Noel, an energetic, colorful personality who donated his time and money to numerous local nonprofit groups, died June 21 after a short illness. He was 96.

Summer blood need runs high at Stanford

A spate of heart operations and an organ transplant at Stanford Hospital prompted the university’s blood center to issue an urgent call for O+ donors last week.

donating blood
Howard Bischoff/Town Crier
Stanford Blood Center called for O+ donors last week after a series of operations and a transplant depleted its blood center’s supply.

The crisis passed as donors heeded the call in a matter of days, but the “heat map” of most-needed blood types continued to show shifting shortages that can track with individual patients.

LA police station gets new heating & air

The Los Altos Police Department is poised to get new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and Chief Andy Galea said the upgrades can’t come soon enough for staff who work at the aging station.

“The police department is a 50-year-old building with an aged HVAC system that requires frequent repair and servicing,” he said. “When the outside temperature is very cold or very hot, there is a significant difference in temperature from one end of the building to the other.”

LAH council explores town hall update

Heritage House
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A proposal to update Los Altos Hills Town Hall facilities calls for replacing the Heritage House, above, with additional green space.

A proposal to update Los Altos Hills Town Hall facilities to accommodate a growing number of activities is gaining traction – albeit with baby steps, council members assure.

At last month’s city council meeting, Councilman Roger Spreen presented findings from a subcommittee discussion about repurposing existing town hall square footage. He described three potential options that could unfold in tandem: replacing or extending the 880-square-foot Parks and Recreation Department building until it connects with the main town hall structure; enclosing the 300-square-foot patio behind the council chambers; and replacing the 1,000-square-foot Heritage House with green space.

'Cradle of Liberty' inspires gratitude, call to action

Cradle of Liberty ceremony
Ishaan Parmar/Special to the Town Crier
Former Los Altos Mayor Frank Verlot, standing, master of ceremonies for the July 4 “Cradle of Liberty” statute anniversary event, speaks to the crowd gathered at Shoup Park in Los Altos.

The solemn statue of a soldier with a baby, nestled under a canopy of trees at Shoup Park, served as inspiration for a special July 4 program celebrating America’s freedoms and gratitude for veterans.

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