Unprecedented crowds could mean entrance fees at Foothills Park

Unprecedented crowds could mean entrance fees at Foothills Park

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CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week

CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week

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Montclaire Elementary School,...
Los Altos' new interim city manager knows his role

Los Altos' new interim city manager knows his role

Brad Kilger, hired as Los Altos’ interim city mana...

High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet

High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet

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A group of lo...

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Coming back strong

Coming back strong

Oscar Barnes-Town Crier Editorial Intern

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St. Francis grad Senque Carey, left, is now an assistant coach at Long Beach State,

Growing up in East Palo Alto i...

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Editorial: Perspective gained from Jan. 6

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We are publishing this issue on the day Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. With this editorial written a week prior, we...

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Robert R Claypool

Robert R Claypool

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Long-time Los Altos resident Robert R Claypool died from Covid-19 on December 30 th at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos.   He was 93 years old.

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To-do list for holiday fun

To-do list for holiday fun

Sophia Smith

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Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events...

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Los Altos Police Department to encrypt its radio system

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Los Altos Police Department to encrypt its radio system

The Los Altos Police Department plans to begin encrypting its police radio communications in March, a decision that will restrict how the public and media can monitor ongoing law enforcement activity in their neighborhoods.

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Biden inauguration prompts insights among local residents

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Local residents on both sides of the political aisle weighed in today on the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

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Schools

CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week

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CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week
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Montclaire Elementary School, above, is the one school in the Cupertino Union School District located in Los Altos.

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education is set to vote Thursday (Jan. 21) on whether to place a parcel tax before voters this spring.

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High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet

3 DAYS AGO
High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet
Screenshot from the Midpeninsula Post
A group of local high school students launched the Midpeninsula Post and are aiming to make local news accessible and relevant to local teenagers.

At first, Tomoki Chien thought it might be a prank when he got an email last week from the office of U.S. Rep. Anna E...

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Community

SCV Lives: Reporter reflects on the U.S. Capitol siege and difficult aftermath

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SCV Lives: Reporter reflects on the U.S. Capitol siege and difficult aftermath
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Robin Chapman prepares for a live report for WJLA-TV on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in the 1980s.

All America has been stunned by the scenes of the Jan. 6 attack on our Capitol. Like many of you, I’m still in shock. I was a reporter there some years ago: a small fry in a ...

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History Museum receives county grant for redesign of exhibition

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History Museum receives county grant for redesign of exhibition
Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum Collection
As evident in Miss Lamb’s fifth-grade class photo taken at Los Altos Grammar School in 1929, a large population of residents in the area were of Japanese descent. They were forced into internment camps during World War II. The History Museum’s new perma...

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Sports

Coming back strong

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Coming back strong
David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis grad Senque Carey, left, is now an assistant coach at Long Beach State,

Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1990s and attending St. Francis High – where he became a basketball star – Senque Carey said he learned a lot and has applied many of those skil...

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Sports on the Side for Jan. 20

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SF wrestler commits to American University

St. Francis High senior wrestler Carsten Rawls recently announced via Twitter that he has committed to American University. One of the highest-ranked wrestlers in the state for his weight class, the 195-pound Rawls also plays football for the Lancers.

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Editorial: Perspective gained from Jan. 6

1 DAY AGO

We are publishing this issue on the day Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. With this editorial written a week prior, we are praying for a safe, uneventful inauguration ceremony – in keeping with tradition, one that emphasizes the importance of democracy in our country ...

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Letters to the Editor: Order directly from local restaurants

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Ordering directly helps restaurants

In talking recently with a Los Altos restaurant owner, he informed me that delivery services like DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub charge the restaurant up to 30% for “free delivery.” These fees are killing our local restaurants.

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Special Sections

Staying Active: Why lengthy sitting can be risky

9 DAYS AGO
Staying Active: Why lengthy sitting can be risky
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Excessive sitting can lead to weaker muscles and bones, stiffer joints and impaired digestion.

Most of us have heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” The implication, of course, is that sitting too much is actually harmful to your health. What might surprise you, howe...

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Lonely in lockdown? There are some COVID-safe ways to cope

9 DAYS AGO

As COVID-19 numbers continue to soar, and ICU capacity drops below 15%, many counties have imposed tighter quarantine restrictions. Steps taken to slow the surge in infections are having an alarming impact on the number of Americans reporting feelings of social isolation and loneliness.

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Business

Los Altos to offer Restaurant Takeout Week

2 DAYS AGO

In an effort to help drive business at local eateries that for now are restricted to offering just takeout and delivery due to shelter-in-place orders, the city of Los Altos is sponsoring Restaurant Takeout Week beginning Friday (Jan. 22).

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Los Altos Veterinary Clinic has a new home

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Los Altos Veterinary Clinic has a new home
Courtesy of Melissa Neal
Los Altos Veterinary Clinic has moved to Rancho Shopping Center.

Los Altos’ oldest veterinary clinic has a new home, moving to Rancho Shopping Center last November after three decades downtown. The Los Altos Veterinary Clinic, which opened its doors in 1958, can now be found n...

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People

Robert R Claypool

3 DAYS AGO
Robert R Claypool

Long-time Los Altos resident Robert R Claypool died from Covid-19 on December 30 th at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos.   He was 93 years old.

Bob was born and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   He was a good student who loved learning.   The school principal let him come to school early ...

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Dr. John Doiron Jr.

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Dr. John Doiron Jr.

Dr. John Doiron Jr., formerly of Los Altos Hills, passed away in Palm Springs, CA on December 24, 2020 at the age of 90. John was born in Lawrence, MA on December 18, 1930 to John and Flora Doiron. Dad was a very accomplished student and athlete throughout his academic years. He graduated Central Ca...

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Stepping Out

Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘Ann’ opens online this weekend

3 DAYS AGO

Los Altos Stage Company continues its virtual mini season – featuring three, one-actor plays – with “Ann,” scheduled to be livestreamed this weekend and next.

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Pear’s ‘Fairfield’ begins Thursday

3 DAYS AGO

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre opens 2021 with “Fairfield,” Eric Coble’s contemporary comedy that examines the personal bias inherent in discerning appropriate from inappropriate.

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Spiritual Life

Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation

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Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation
Courtesy of Bay Area Blessing
David Ing, bottom left, joins other worship leaders from Mountain View and across the region in “The Bay Area Blessing” this month. He’s a worship leader at Mountain View’s Compass Church.

In the annals of holiday Zoom events, the 60-church “The Bay Area Blessing” carol m...

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Divisiveness of political discourse makes unity seem utopian

1 MONTHS AGO

Baha’i writings offer the following reflection.

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Magazine

To-do list for holiday fun

2 MONTHS AGO
To-do list for holiday fun
Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events for the holidays, a variety of local activities are still on the calendar, some virtual and others in person but socially distanced. A rundown of hol...

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Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy

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Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy
Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Anise sesame cookies are crumbly, nutty and tender to the bite.

The holidays can be a frenetic mix of stress and festivities, where mounting bills, social obligations and long lines intermix with family gatherings, spiritual activities and sparkling lights.

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Sex offender arrested in Los Altos

Los Altos police last week arrested a transient man on two misdemeanor warrants related to his designation as a sex offender, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

Jeffrey said the police report on the arrest, which occurred at approximately 1:26 p.m. March 2, stated that patrol officers responded to a welfare check of an elderly male who appeared to be hitchhiking in the area of South Springer Road and Berry Avenue. When officers located and made contact with the man, Thomas Cherf, 65, his warrants popped up in a court database. He was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Cherf appeared in court in Palo Alto the following day. According to Santa Clara County prosecutor Sheryl Leung, the attorney who handled the case, Cherf pleaded guilty to charges of unauthorized entry onto school grounds as a sex offender and failing to register as a sex offender.

Leung said Cherf violated the terms of his probation when he drove onto the grounds of St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos April 10, 2019, and made contact with an individual at the school. Cherf allegedly remained in his car as he asked someone if St. Simon was another school. When informed it wasn’t, he drove off. Leung described the incident as “very bizarre.”

Although the Los Altos police search into Cherf’s history revealed a San Jose address, he is in fact homeless and must re-register as a sex offender for previous crimes every 30 days, Leung said. He failed to register last October and did not show up at his related hearing.

Leung said Cherf will serve 30 days in county jail and then be released on probation. There is no chance for early release, but because of California’s Penal Code 4019, Cherf will be released 15 days from the day of his arrest, as he is entitled to “half time” credits for positive conduct during confinement. Cherf’s bail was originally $50,000 – $25,000 for each misdemeanor – but his bail was revoked with his admission of guilt. He is barred from going near a school again for the next two years.

Cherf, who according to the Santa Clara County public database also goes by the last name Harlan, does not show up on California’s Megan’s Law website. The Town Crier was unable to unearth records related to the violations behind his sex-offender designation. He has several civil and minor cases filed against him in Santa Clara County, including investigations into his mental competency.

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