Biracial author, former Stanford dean shares journey of self-acceptance

Biracial author, former Stanford dean shares journey of self-acceptance


Lythcott-Haims

In her Dec. 20 presentation “O...

Celebrity Forum kicks off year with foreign policy expert Bremmer

Celebrity Forum kicks off year with foreign policy expert Bremmer


Bremmer

The 51st season of the Foothill Col...

Talk-show host takes on president in TheatreWorks' 'Frost/Nixon'

Talk-show host takes on president in TheatreWorks' 'Frost/Nixon'


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TV host Da...
Finding Fido: Holidays prompt spike in missing pets

Finding Fido: Holidays prompt spike in missing pets


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Los Altos resident O...
Healthier MV boys team shoots for soccer playoffs

Healthier MV boys team shoots for soccer playoffs


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Mountain View High&#...
Lancers make it when it matters most

Lancers make it when it matters most


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St. Francis High’s P...

News

Housing on the brain: Los Altos council weighs exemptions to story-pole policy, park in-lieu fee

Housing on the brain: Los Altos council weighs exemptions to story-pole policy, park in-lieu fee

12 Hours Ago  |  Melissa Hartman - Staff Writer/melissah@latc.com


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Workers remove story poles from Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s three- story office building project at 40 Main St. Dec. 7. Dev...

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Budding artist uses vivid imagination as force for change

Budding artist uses vivid imagination as force for change

12 Hours Ago  |  Angie Wang - Town Crier Editorial Intern


Courtesy of Aria Luna
Aria Luna’s exhibition “Fusion Tide” takes a fantastical look at a real issue, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Her monster cr...

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Community

AAUW to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary with Tuesday event in Los Altos

AAUW to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary with Tuesday event in Los Altos

12 Hours Ago  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Town Crier Report


Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
Advocates Delores Davison, from left, Vicki Reeder, Pat Blackie, Allyson Johnson and Claire Noonan support women’s suffr...

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Sports

Lancers make it when it matters most

Lancers make it when it matters most

12 Hours Ago  |  Pete Borello - Staff Writer/peteb@latc.com


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Paige Uyehara drives to the basket against Cathedral’s Alani Gainer in Friday night’s league game.
...

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Letters to the Editor - Week of Jan. 16

12 Hours Ago  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

Thanks to Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng and Councilwoman Anita Enander for alerting us to the loss of local control and quality of life inherent in ...

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Special Sections

Indulgent dessert: Panna cotta with a wholesome, nutty twist

Indulgent dessert: Panna cotta with a wholesome, nutty twist

7 Days Ago  |  Rita Held - Special to the Town Crier


Rita Held/Special to the Town Crier
Refresh the Italian treat panna cotta with the addition of dark chocolate and pecans.

A new year often means...

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Business

Keller Williams prepares to officially open Main Street location in downtown Los Altos

Keller Williams prepares to officially open Main Street location in downtown Los Altos

12 Hours Ago  |  Melissa Hartman - Staff Writer/melissah@latc.com


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Keller Williams Bay Area Estates recently moved into a suite at 400 Main St. in Los Altos, above. While staff from the R...

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People

Wilbur P. Clarke

Wilbur P. Clarke

12 Hours Ago  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

January 24, 1929 – January 4, 2019 Wilbur Clarke entered through gates of heaven to join his wife on January 4th. They were married for 70 years. He w...

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News

Housing on the brain: Los Altos council weighs exemptions to story-pole policy, park in-lieu fee

10 HOURS AGO
Housing on the brain: Los Altos council weighs exemptions to story-pole policy, park in-lieu fee

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Workers remove story poles from Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s three- story office building project at 40 Main St. Dec. 7. Developer Jeff Warmoth requested exemptions to Los Altos’ story-pole policy.

With a full agenda, the Los Altos City Council Jan. 8 spent nearly four h...

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A look at new state laws that take effect in 2019: AB 1810

10 HOURS AGO

Several California Senate and Assembly bills wended through the State Legislature and became law Jan. 1. Over the next few weeks, the Town Crier will explain their ramifications.

Assembly Bill 1810

Mental health diversion

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Schools

Budding artist uses vivid imagination as force for change

10 HOURS AGO
Budding artist uses vivid imagination as force for change

Courtesy of Aria Luna
Aria Luna’s exhibition “Fusion Tide” takes a fantastical look at a real issue, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Her monster creation, Bogo Mogo, above, has a hunger for plastic and must be stopped by the mythical protectors of the sea.

In the middle of a cafe on a late Sat...

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JustREAD: Nonprofit tutoring organization seeks volunteers

10 HOURS AGO

JustREAD, a local nonprofit organization, is recruiting volunteers to work with students for one-on-one literacy and math tutoring on campus during the school day.

There are tutoring opportunities at Mountain View High School, as well as at elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman...

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Community

AAUW to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary with Tuesday event in Los Altos

10 HOURS AGO
AAUW to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary with Tuesday event in Los Altos

Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
Advocates Delores Davison, from left, Vicki Reeder, Pat Blackie, Allyson Johnson and Claire Noonan support women’s suffrage.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Roe...

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Biracial author, former Stanford dean shares journey of self-acceptance

10 HOURS AGO
Biracial author, former Stanford dean shares journey of self-acceptance

Lythcott-Haims

In her Dec. 20 presentation “On Being Black and Biracial in a Country Where Black Lives Weren’t Meant to Matter,” Julie Lythcott-Haims, Stanford University’s first dean of freshmen, explained to the Rotary Club of Los Altos why her trailblazing achievements didn’t seem to be enou...

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Sports

Lancers make it when it matters most

10 HOURS AGO
Lancers make it when it matters most

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Paige Uyehara drives to the basket against Cathedral’s Alani Gainer in Friday night’s league game.

For the first three quarters of Friday’s game, the St. Francis High girls basketball team couldn’t make a shot. Layups rolled off the rim and jumpers...

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Healthier MV boys team shoots for soccer playoffs

10 HOURS AGO
Healthier MV boys team shoots for soccer playoffs

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Aaron Walters leaps over Los Altos High’s Nick Fletcher.

Beset by injuries last season, the Mountain View High boys soccer team missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. The Spartans have enjoyed better health this year, and coa...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor - Week of Jan. 16

10 HOURS AGO

Thanks to Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng and Councilwoman Anita Enander for alerting us to the loss of local control and quality of life inherent in the CASA Housing Compact (“Cities brace for proposed housing legislation,” Dec. 26).

The CASA roster comprises 53 individuals appointed by the (retir...

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Haugh About That?: Asking for help

10 HOURS AGO

Standing in my bedroom in 1974, my mother schooled me once again with her steps for finding the perfect job. Having heard it all before, I wanted to scream. At 22 years old, I was now a college graduate and, in my snarky opinion, no longer needed her advice.

But as I pounded the streets of San Fran...

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Special Sections

Indulgent dessert: Panna cotta with a wholesome, nutty twist

7 DAYS AGO
Indulgent dessert: Panna cotta with a wholesome, nutty twist

Rita Held/Special to the Town Crier
Refresh the Italian treat panna cotta with the addition of dark chocolate and pecans.

A new year often means it’s time to try something different, whether it’s travel, an exercise plan, a wine or cooking up something new in the kitchen.

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Brut IPAs combine Champagne dryness with IPA hop intensity

7 DAYS AGO
Brut IPAs combine Champagne dryness with IPA hop intensity

Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco’s Social Kitchen and Brewery, the originator of the Brut IPA style, produces Puttin’ on the Spritz.

Brut IPA is a relatively new beer style, developed in late 2017 by Kim Sturdavant of San Francisco’s Social Kitchen and Brewery.

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Business

Keller Williams prepares to officially open Main Street location in downtown Los Altos

10 HOURS AGO
Keller Williams prepares to officially open Main Street location in downtown Los Altos

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Keller Williams Bay Area Estates recently moved into a suite at 400 Main St. in Los Altos, above. While staff from the Residential Sales department have been working out of the space since November, the grand opening will likely take place in late February or early Marc...

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Mountain View Starbucks on Cuesta closes permanently after business evaluation

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Mountain View Starbucks on Cuesta closes permanently after business evaluation

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The storefront at 809 Cuesta Drive in Mountain View, former home to Starbucks, indicates its vacancy, with black bags taped to the door and windows just days after its closure. A sign posted in the window around Christmas announced that the coffee shop would shutter per...

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People

Wilbur P. Clarke

10 HOURS AGO
Wilbur P. Clarke

January 24, 1929 – January 4, 2019 Wilbur Clarke entered through gates of heaven to join his wife on January 4th. They were married for 70 years. He was 89 years of age. Wilbur was very devoted to his Catholic faith, the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed the rosary daily. He passed away peacefully in h...

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Rozella “Angie” Nichols

10 HOURS AGO
Rozella “Angie” Nichols

(1/11/1943 - 12/31/2018) Rozella Nichols passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 75 in Lodi, Ca. Rozella was born to parents Harvey and Anna Marie Clark on January 11, 1943 in Napa, CA. Rozella married her late husband in 1975 and raised two children together, Terry and Wanda Nichols,...

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Obituaries

Wilbur P. Clarke

10 HOURS AGO
Wilbur P. Clarke

January 24, 1929 – January 4, 2019 Wilbur Clarke entered through gates of heaven to join his wife on January 4th. They were married for 70 years. He was 89 years of age. Wilbur was very devoted to his Catholic faith, the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed the rosary daily. He passed away peacefully in h...

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Rozella “Angie” Nichols

10 HOURS AGO
Rozella “Angie” Nichols

(1/11/1943 - 12/31/2018) Rozella Nichols passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 75 in Lodi, Ca. Rozella was born to parents Harvey and Anna Marie Clark on January 11, 1943 in Napa, CA. Rozella married her late husband in 1975 and raised two children together, Terry and Wanda Nichols,...

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Stepping Out

PA Players presents 'Shakespeare in Love'

10 HOURS AGO

Palo Alto Players is slated to present “Shakespeare in Love” Friday through Feb. 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

A stage adaptation of the 1998 Oscar-winning film, the romantic romp imagines the forbidden love affair between William Shakespeare and the woman who insp...

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PYT's 'Cat' runs this weekend

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PYT's 'Cat' runs this weekend

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “The Cat in the Hat” is scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

The play is a theater adaptation of the classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss.

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Spiritual Life

Pastor's Perspective: A moment and a message in the aftermath of the synagogue tragedy

2 MONTHS AGO

Oct. 28 was supposed to be a festival day in our congregation. The sanctuary had been decorated for the day. Two trumpet players were scheduled to play. Our talented organist, who had been on leave, was back. The bells would play and the choir sing. But as I put on my robes that morning, they felt...

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Spiritual Life Briefs - Week of Nov. 7

2 MONTHS AGO
 Spiritual Life Briefs - Week of Nov. 7

Renard

Event celebrates arrival of French pastor

The French Catholic community has scheduled a “Beaujolais Nouveau” wine and cheese event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Nicholas Hall, 473 Lincoln Ave., Los Altos.

Proceeds from the event will contribute to establishing the newly hired French-sp...

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Magazine

Out and about: Activities for fall and winter fun

2 MONTHS AGO
Out and about: Activities for fall and winter fun
Courtesy of MVCPA
“The Elves and the Shoemaker” plays at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts SecondStage.

Opportunities abound to catch the spirit of the season in the local area. The following roundup includes family-friendly events ranging from annual tree-lighting ceremonies ...

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Riding into winter: Annual Greentown event celebrates solstice

2 MONTHS AGO
Riding into winter: Annual Greentown event celebrates solstice
Courtesy of Gary Hedden
GreenTown’s annual Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride attracts cyclists of all ages and experience

GreenTown Los Altos has planned one of its longest bike rides for the shortest day of the year. The grassroots environmental group has scheduled its fourth annual Winter So...

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Wanda Stachiewicz championed Polish cause through hardships of World War II

As the daughter of an acclaimed Polish historian and professor, Wanda Stachiewicz's work in social services earned her the country's highest civilian honor and brought her into contact with a man named Adolf Hitler.

"She didn't want to shake his hand," said Mathilde Stark of Los Altos, Mrs. Stachiewicz's daughter-in-law. So Mrs. Stachiewicz avoided the formality by mingling with diplomats across the room from the German dictator.

Mrs. Stachiewicz, whose work in the Polish community earned numerous accolades over seven decades, died July 8 in Montreal, Canada. She was 99. Mrs. Stachiewicz had spent every winter since 1974 in Los Altos with son, Bob, and Mathilde Stack.

Born in Lwow, Poland, Mrs. Stachiewicz earned a master's degree in the history of civilization from the University of Lwow and continued studies toward a doctorate at Sorbonne University in Paris. Her father was the internationally famous historian Dr. Ladislas Abraham, who also was chancellor of the University of Lwow.

In 1921, Mrs. Stachiewicz married Col. Waclaw Stachiewicz who later became chief of staff for the Polish Army. After World War I, she devoted much of her time to the "White Cross," a social services organization established to combat illiteracy and teach Polish history and citizenship to draftees of the Polish Armed Forces prior to their discharge. In 1937, Mrs. Stachiewicz received the Gold Cross of Merit from the Polish government, the highest Polish civilian decoration.

Besides Hitler, Mrs. Stachiewicz's travels also brought her into contact with Pope John Paul II, whom she met when he was a cardinal.

Mrs. Stachiewicz served with the Women's Auxiliary Services as a liaison officer attached to the General Staff during the 1939 invasion of Poland. Separated from her husband, she escaped with her children to France, and then to England after the fall of France. When a German invasion of England became a distinct possibility, Mrs. Stachiewicz, her three children in tow, relocated in Montreal in 1940. She found employment with the International Labor Office and became deeply involved in welfare work and in helping refugees from Western Europe. Her work with McGill University, including lectures on the life and culture of Poland, resulted in the establishment of a Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Montreal in 1943.

In 1946, she founded the Polish Library at McGill, which she headed for more than 40 years until her retirement in the 1980s. In 1984, in recognition of her service, institute officials decided to name the library, "The Wanda Stachiewicz Polish Library" in her honor.

In addition to the Golden Cross of Merit, Mrs. Stachiewicz also received the Gold medal of the Canadian-Polish Congress for "outstanding cultural, patriotic and philantropic work."

Mrs. Stachiewicz published her memoirs, "Journey Through History," in 1988, and exerpts from the book were featured in a March 1988 Town Crier. Mrs. Stachiewicz included accounts of narrow escapes from the Nazis, fleeing from her homeland on foot and hiding her children in the French countryside. She was separated from her husband for nine years, from 1939 to 1948, because of the war. "Because he was second in command in Poland, he was very much wanted," she recalled. "He probably would have been executed if he had stayed in Europe."

Mrs. Stachiewicz is survived by one son, Bob Stack, a resident of Los Altos since 1959, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Services were held July 15 in Montreal.

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