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Downtown Green, cannabis moratorium OK'd

The Los Altos City Council addressed a packed agen...

St. Francis rally falls just short in CCS final

St. Francis rally falls just short in CCS final

Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
St. Fr...
Los Altos music teacher Sherman makes album for kids and with kids

Los Altos music teacher Sherman makes album for kids and with kids


Courtesy of Kathy Sherman
Kathy Sherman, a longt...
Discovery Shop manager leaves her labor of love after 22 years

Discovery Shop manager leaves her labor of love after 22 years


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Ardy Bazarian, right, re...
Fire off of Springer Road prompts road closure

Fire off of Springer Road prompts road closure

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A Santa Clar...

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Fire off of Springer Road prompts road closure

Fire off of Springer Road prompts road closure

Grace Hase / Los Altos Town Crier
A Santa Clara County firefighter carries a chainsaw at the scene on Dec. 6. Firefighters used chainsaws as part of the "extensive" cleanup.

Santa Clara County firefighters today (Dec. 6) extinguished a two-ala...

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This race is no turkey

This race is no turkey


Photos Courtesy of Corrine Palacios
Five-year-old Liesl Nelson, with her stuffed-animal goat, races in the Spartan Turkey Trot’s 60-yard dash on Thanksgiving morning at Mountain View High.

Record attendance at this year’s Spartan Turkey...

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Community

Community Briefs

Museum presents origami holiday event

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to host the free holiday family program “Origami at the Museum” 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Attendees of all ages can learn to fold origami...

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Sports

St. Francis rally falls just short in CCS final

St. Francis rally falls just short in CCS final

Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
St. Francis linebacker Joshua Pakola lunges at Serra quarterback Luke Bottari in Saturday’s CCS Open Division II final..

Saturday’s Central Coast Section Open Division II football final came down to bold...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

LA council rejects Public Art Master Plan

As a former member of the Public Arts Commission for six-plus years, I witnessed the struggle the Los Altos City Council had in understanding public art.

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Special Sections

Subaru's 2017 BRZ is more than A-OK

Subaru's 2017 BRZ is more than A-OK


Courtesy of Subaru
The 2017 Subaru BRZ, boasting a 205-horsepower engine, delivers 29 mpg highway and 21 mpg city.

If we were young and single again, just starting our professional careers in Silicon Valley, we would be driving the 2017 Subaru B...

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Business

Assemblyman Marc Berman gives housing, transit update

State Assemblyman Marc Berman joined members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors at their Nov. 17 meeting in Los Altos to provide a legislative summary of 2017 and offer insight on his priorities for 2018.

Berman, a Democrat who represents...

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People

Wedding: Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald

Wedding: Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald


Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald

Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald were married July 11 at San Francisco City Hall. A reception followed at Acquerello in San Francisco.

The bride is the daughter of Sheila and Mike Couch of Saratoga. She graduated fr...

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News

Fire off of Springer Road prompts road closure

Fire off of Springer Road prompts road closure
Grace Hase / Los Altos Town Crier
A Santa Clara County firefighter carries a chainsaw at the scene on Dec. 6. Firefighters used chainsaws as part of the "extensive" cleanup.

Santa Clara County firefighters today (Dec. 6) extinguished a two-alarm blaze on the 600 block of Coral Court in Los Al...

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Business

Assemblyman Marc Berman gives housing, transit update

State Assemblyman Marc Berman joined members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors at their Nov. 17 meeting in Los Altos to provide a legislative summary of 2017 and offer insight on his priorities for 2018.

Berman, a Democrat who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, sai...

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Sports

St. Francis rally falls just short in CCS final

St. Francis rally falls just short in CCS final
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
St. Francis linebacker Joshua Pakola lunges at Serra quarterback Luke Bottari in Saturday’s CCS Open Division II final..

Saturday’s Central Coast Section Open Division II football final came down to bold moves – Serra High made them throughout the game ...

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Community

Community Briefs

Museum presents origami holiday event

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to host the free holiday family program “Origami at the Museum” 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Attendees of all ages can learn to fold origami holiday ornaments, led by origami instructors May...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

LA council rejects Public Art Master Plan

As a former member of the Public Arts Commission for six-plus years, I witnessed the struggle the Los Altos City Council had in understanding public art.

Readmore

Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC offers free Thanksgiving dinner

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a free Thanksgiving dinner 2-5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The menu will include roast turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, honey-baked ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato p...

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People

Wedding: Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald

Wedding: Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald

Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald

Mara Couch and Ryan FitzGerald were married July 11 at San Francisco City Hall. A reception followed at Acquerello in San Francisco.

The bride is the daughter of Sheila and Mike Couch of Saratoga. She graduated from Saratoga High School and earned a bachelor’s de...

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Schools

This race is no turkey

This race is no turkey

Photos Courtesy of Corrine Palacios
Five-year-old Liesl Nelson, with her stuffed-animal goat, races in the Spartan Turkey Trot’s 60-yard dash on Thanksgiving morning at Mountain View High.

Record attendance at this year’s Spartan Turkey Trot led to record revenue, which means more mone...

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Special Sections

Subaru's 2017 BRZ is more than A-OK

Subaru's 2017 BRZ is more than A-OK

Courtesy of Subaru
The 2017 Subaru BRZ, boasting a 205-horsepower engine, delivers 29 mpg highway and 21 mpg city.

If we were young and single again, just starting our professional careers in Silicon Valley, we would be driving the 2017 Subaru BRZ.

And as soon as we got it, we would enroll in ...

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Stepping Out

Smuin's 'Christmas Ballet' stops in MV this weekend

Smuin’s tour of “The Christmas Ballet” stops in Mountain View this week.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $25-$89.

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Obituaries

STEVEN JOHN BARNES

STEVEN JOHN BARNES

Steven John Barnes died on November 21, 2017 in Novato, California at the age of 46. Gifted and talented in many directions, he was a loving and loyal friend, son, husband, father and brother.

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Magazine

Thanksgivings in Storeyland

Thanksgivings in Storeyland
Kimberly Winslow / Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier reporter Megan Winslow, back, third from left, gathers with family and friends in her aunt and uncle's Lake Worth, Fla., kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner.

I often slept through the three-hour drives between our house and Storeyland, but...

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Peninsula Symphony’s new season features several premieres, classics

Peninsula Symphony recently released details of its 2013-2014 season, featuring premieres of new music from Ron Miller, Jonathan Russell and Taylor Eigsti as well as classics from Handel, Brahms, Beethoven and other composers.

The Los Altos-based symphony has slated performances October through May at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St.; Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; and Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St. on the Stanford University campus.

Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein returns as conductor and maestro for the 65th season.

Featured guest artists include pianists John O’Conor and Eigsti, cellist Nathan Chan, clarinetist Russell, baritone Stephen Saxon and saxophonist Dayna Stevens. Other guests scheduled to appear this season include Masterworks Chorale, the San Mateo High School Band, the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and violinist Youjin Lee, winner of the 2013 Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

The symphony is scheduled to open its season 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in San Mateo, with a second performance set for 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in Cupertino. The program features pianist O’Conor and the Masterworks Chorale. Works include Grieg’s “Piano Concerto” and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”

The second program of the season, featuring Ernest Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso No. 1” and “Sacred Service,” is set for 8 p.m. Nov. 22 and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Stanford. Guests include Saxon, pianist Juliann Ma and the Stanford Symphonic Chorus. Stephen M. Sano serves as the guest director.

Eigsti, a jazz pianist and composer, headlines the symphony’s third program, slated 8 p.m. Jan. 17 in San Mateo and 8 p.m. Jan. 18 in Cupertino. Eigsti will play Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and other works as well as his original compositions.

The symphony’s next program, “The Fountain of Youth,” is slated 8 p.m. March 21 in San Mateo and 8 p.m. March 22 in Cupertino. The program will feature works by young composers and solos by young artists. Cellist Nathan Chan, 19, is set to solo, as is clarinetist Russell.

The closing performance of the season, Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4,” is scheduled 8 p.m. May 16 at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center and 8 p.m. May 17 at Flint Center. Violinist Lee will make her Peninsula Symphony debut, performing a concerto with the symphony.

For more information on the season and the symphony, visit peninsulasymphony.org.

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