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Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists


Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Ghraybeh shortbread cookies use sweet-tasting ghee in lieu of butter.

 

When Americans think of the shortbread cookie, they often imagine the traditional Scottish cookies, shaped like oblong rectangles and ...

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Your Health

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food


Courtesy of Community Services Organization
CSA staff load groceries to take to Castro Elementary School as part of a new outreach program for children and families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs at Castro and Mistral schools.

Maureen...

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Your Home

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Art restorer Rho Brown performs delicate preservation work in her Los Altos studio, above. Once fully restored, below left, it’s difficult to tell which cherub was previously missing its head. Brown’s studio conta...

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On The Road

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S


Photo by Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier; Bottom Right Photo courtesy of Chrysler
The Andersons recently drove the new Chrysler 300S to Danville’s Blackhawk Museum, where they saw “The Spirit of the Old West” exhibition.

 

When you have a p...

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Senior Lifestyles

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life


RAMYA KRISHNA/TOWN CRIER
Doreta Strotman performs the classics with her signature jazz-style improvisations at Los Altos Grill Sunday evenings. The Mountain View resident has been playing since the age of 4.

Sunday evenings, Doreta Strotman’s job is to...

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Wedding To Remember

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox


 

With nine fine-jewelry retailers concentrated along the Main Street corridor, downtown Los Altos offers a wealth of options for engagement and wedding ring shoppers. From one end of Main to the other, the choices range from the traditional to t...

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Your Kids

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards


 

Providing local students with a tangible outdoor learning experience, the Living Classroom program aims to support a new generation of students who are excited about the environment.

The Living Classroom serves 9,000 students locally in the Los ...

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Back to School

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Innovation and invention award goes to LAH woman

Los Altos Hills resident Dr. Anita Borg, founder and president of the Institute for Women and Technology (IWT) and member of the President's Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology, recently received the Melitta Bentz Woman of Innovation and Invention Award. The Melitta award honors one outstanding woman annually for her leadership, ambition and courage.

"This award represents the world's long history of inventive women," Borg said. "To begin speeches I always say that the coffee filter and other important products were designed by women. I am proud to be part of that history." Despite women's abilities and accomplishments in technology, she said, there was a greater percentage of women graduating with technical degrees 15 years ago than today.

Noted by Fast Company as "a living legend among computer scientists," Borg is leading the movement to advance women in technological positions. The Xerox Palo Alto researcher is known for pioneering fault-tolerant operating systems, for developing tools to predict the performance of microprocessor memory systems and for designing MECCA, a web-based e-mail system used by thousands. Borg gained national media attention for founding the "systers" electronic community for women in computing and the prestigious Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing technical conference.

Melitta, in the spirit of its German founder Melitta Bentz, who invented and patented the filter drip system of coffee making in 1908, created the Award in 1989. The winner receives a replica of the original brass coffee pot Melitta invented, a $5,000 check and $1,000 for a charity of her choice. Borg designated IWT.

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