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TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

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The Big Three: Town Crie...
Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time

Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time


Mountain View resident Reena Vokoun’s parent-and...
Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans


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Los Altos High’s Yuu...
Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease


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Debbie Nelson, center ...
Follies benefit for Los Altos Stage Company returns Oct. 5-7

Follies benefit for Los Altos Stage Company returns Oct. 5-7


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This yea...

News

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

Town Crier File Photo
The Big Three: Town Crier publishers past and present, from left, Paul Nyberg, Mort Levine and David MacKenzie

The Los Altos Town Crier turns 70 years old this month. Sept. 9, to be exact, was the date of the paper’s firs...

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Schools

Yikes Tikes! holds open house

Yikes Tikes!, a Los Altos preschool, has scheduled an open house 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the school, 1577 Carob Lane.

According to instructors, Yikes Tikes! is a tuition-free co-op providing an “inclusive learning environment” for child...

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Community

Community Briefs

Hidden Villa hosts ‘Fiddles & Fun’ event

Hidden Villa has scheduled “Fiddles & Fun on the Farm: A Country Dance” 4-7 p.m. Saturday in Hidden Villa’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event will include a fa...

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Sports

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Yuu Ishikawa competes at No. 1 singles Thursday at Mountain View, where she won in straight sets over Elise Joshi.

Going into Thursday’s early-season girls tennis match between Los Altos and Mountain...

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Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneous...

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Special Sections

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease


Courtesy Of Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson, center in green, takes a break from her fundraising hike along the Camino Portugués. For part of her journey, she hiked with three supporters of Lyme disease research from Denmark.

Mountain View resident Deb...

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Business

What to do about the Equifax breach

Nearly half of all Americans have had their most sensitive personal data stolen from Equifax, one of the country’s three credit-reporting bureaus.

The hack represents the largest single data breach in U.S. history, and we should all be very co...

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People

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was pro...

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News

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?

TC at 70: Has it really been that long?
Town Crier File Photo
The Big Three: Town Crier publishers past and present, from left, Paul Nyberg, Mort Levine and David MacKenzie

The Los Altos Town Crier turns 70 years old this month. Sept. 9, to be exact, was the date of the paper’s first issue – a hand-drawn four-pager filled 100 perce...

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Business

What to do about the Equifax breach

Nearly half of all Americans have had their most sensitive personal data stolen from Equifax, one of the country’s three credit-reporting bureaus.

The hack represents the largest single data breach in U.S. history, and we should all be very concerned about the ramifications.

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Sports

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Eagles take early league lead with win over rival Spartans

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Yuu Ishikawa competes at No. 1 singles Thursday at Mountain View, where she won in straight sets over Elise Joshi.

Going into Thursday’s early-season girls tennis match between Los Altos and Mountain View highs, Eagles coach Hung Nguyen and Spartans...

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Community

Community Briefs

Hidden Villa hosts ‘Fiddles & Fun’ event

Hidden Villa has scheduled “Fiddles & Fun on the Farm: A Country Dance” 4-7 p.m. Saturday in Hidden Villa’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event will include a farm supper and music and dancing with caller Andy W...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneously believe that idling is better for their engines...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Foothills Congregational joins in hunger walk

Members of Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos are scheduled to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Nealon Park, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

The walk is a fundraiser for Church World Service, a nonprofit group that feeds the ...

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People

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was proud to be an ‘Army Brat’ and traveled with her fami...

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Schools

Yikes Tikes! holds open house

Yikes Tikes!, a Los Altos preschool, has scheduled an open house 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the school, 1577 Carob Lane.

According to instructors, Yikes Tikes! is a tuition-free co-op providing an “inclusive learning environment” for children ages 2 to just under 5.

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Special Sections

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

Courtesy Of Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson, center in green, takes a break from her fundraising hike along the Camino Portugués. For part of her journey, she hiked with three supporters of Lyme disease research from Denmark.

Mountain View resident Debbie Nelson recently turned her vacation in Spain a...

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Stepping Out

Bayer Ballet to perform 'Sleeping Beauty' this weekend in MV

The Bayer Ballet Company is scheduled to perform “Sleeping Beauty Suite” Friday through Sunday in downtown Mountain View.

“Sleeping Beauty” features magical fairies and other fairy-tale characters who come to life on stage. It features youth dancers from Bayer, a school of Russian Ballet based in M...

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Obituaries

MARGARET THOMPSON PATCH

July 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Long Time Resident of Palo Alto On August 25, 2017 Margaret (Maggie) Thompson Patch passed peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born July 25, 1928 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. She was proud to be an ‘Army Brat’ and traveled with her fami...

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Magazine

Senior team targets keys for a satisfying life: Socializing, exercising mind & body top goals

Senior team targets keys for a satisfying life: Socializing, exercising mind & body top goals

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Seniors sing carols at the Grant Park holiday party. The Senior Commission aims to expand such programming.

 

Gary Anderson is a former member of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission. Following is his update on local senior services a...

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Restaurant corkage is a courtesy

Increasingly, people in the area store wine at home. These home collections are stored anywhere from wine racks in closets to elaborate temperature-controlled cellars.

This equates to a lot of wine available to be brought by you to your favorite restaurant. There is usually a charge when you bring your own bottle, and it is called a corkage fee. It is important to remember that corkage is not a God-given privilege, it is a courtesy being granted by the restaurant.

Most white tablecloth restaurants make a high percentage of their profits on the wine mark-up. There are exceptions, and I recently talked with an owner of the "Kitchen" in Sacramento. They price the food to stand alone and sell all wine at retail and encourage corkage by eliminating the fee. It must work, as they are booked three months in advance and serve only 4 times a week. Dinner, however, is $75 per person.

Corkage fees usually run from $5 to $20 per bottle and some restaurants may not charge. Do not ever bring a bottle that is on the wine list so that you can save money. This is considered an insult. The bottle you bring usually should be a special bottle for a special occasion. I feel it is acceptable, occasionally, to just bring an expensive bottle without a special reason, but if it is a habit, you need to buy a good bottle for the same meal. It is polite to offer the sommelier or owner a taste of your special wine. This will be very much appreciated and helps smooth your way for the next time.

You should also consider the fact that the waiter is getting less of a tip because there was a lost wine sale, and increase your tip accordingly. This is especially true if you brought an old bottle that needed decanting. Remember the corkage fee always goes to the restaurant, not the waiter.

Always call in advance if you are going to a new place. Ask if it is okay to bring a bottle and inquire about the corkage policy. Several years ago we were at Squaw Creek, and I called and asked if I could bring a bottle from the year we were married - needless to say, an old bottle. When the bill arrived for the evening there was a charge of $450 for the bottle I brought! After I was resuscitated, the owner told me the waiter had made a mistake as there was a similar bottle on the list, and it cost that amount. I was glad I had called.

Local restaurants like Del Baffo and 231 Ellsworth have tremendous wine cellars that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. You should be able to find a suitable bottle on these extensive lists. They have made these large investments so you have many choices. I have also found that most places with extensive lists are usually the most amenable to corkage because they truly appreciate fine wine. Call ahead, follow the common courtesies and corkage should not be a problem.

Steve Hicks is currently a wine advisor and consultant. He is active in food and wine societies. You can reach him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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