2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

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Bullis gets OK for new Mountain View charter

Bullis gets OK for new Mountain View charter

The Mountain View Whisman School District Board of...

Dinner honors Los Altan of the Year

The Town Crier has named Los Altos resident Dennis...

This too shall pass: Handling students first-year college challenges

While much energy is spent on the college admissio...

Matriarch and her granddaughters sell plants for charity

Matriarch and her granddaughters sell plants for charity


Courtesy of Jen Yan
Lorilei Yan, Adelyn Segalla ...
How native gardens are different from nature

How native gardens are different from nature


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
A graceful...
Los Altos native moves tech company home to downtown

Los Altos native moves tech company home to downtown


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Menlo Technologies I...
LA girls bounces back from hoops loss; SF girls edge MV in soccer

LA girls bounces back from hoops loss; SF girls edge MV in soccer


Vince Blaise/Special to the Town Crier
The St. ...

News

2018 Los Altan of the Year: Dennis Young

2018 Los Altan of the Year: Dennis Young

16 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Town Crier Staff Report

Dennis Young would be the first to tell you he’s shy by nature. But shyness doesn’t stop the mild-mannered accountant from turning into a superhero wh...

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Schools

Tutorfly stretches its wings

Tutorfly stretches its wings

16 DAYS AGO  |  Adanya Lustig - Staff Writer/adanyal@latc.com


Courtesy of Tutorfly
Tutorfly, a tutoring startup founded by a Homestead High alumnus, recently hosted a monthlong coding camp for local students.
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Community

National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need

National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need

16 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Special to the Town Crier


Laura Fiske/NCL Stanford Hills
Teen members of the National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter filled baskets with holiday treats for families ...

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Sports

Cal-bound Carter has Olympic aspirations

Cal-bound Carter has Olympic aspirations

16 DAYS AGO  |  Crystal Bai - Town Crier Editorial Intern


Courtesy of Danielle Carter
Danielle Carter dives into the pool at a recent swim meet. Recruited by several colleges, the Los Altos High senior sign...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor - Week of Jan. 2

16 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

Comments deemed ‘demeaning’

In my long career in human resources management, I observed that successful companies had many common core values. One of...

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Special Sections

Small vehicles offer big thrills

Small vehicles offer big thrills

16 DAYS AGO  |  Gary and Genie Anderson


Courtesy of Fiat
The new Fiat 500X Lounge comes with a 180-horsepower engine with 175 pound-feet of torque.

We recently drove two new vehicles that ...

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Business

Author visits Linden Tree to promote book and STEM

Author visits Linden Tree to promote book and STEM

16 DAYS AGO  |  Celeste Tran - Town Crier Editorial Intern


A group of elementary school children and their parents gathered around Komal Singh as she read aloud from her new children’s book at Linden T...

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People

Dwight & Phyllis Brede

Dwight & Phyllis Brede

28 DAYS AGO  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff

In Memoriam Dwight & Phyllis Brede (1923-2017) - (1929-2018) Phyllis and Dwight Brede, residents of Los Altos Hills, CA since 1962, passed away, r...

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Magazine

News

Cities brace for proposed housing legislation

2 DAYS AGO
Cities brace for proposed housing legislation

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills leaders are publicly expressing fears over the way the CASA Housing Compact, a proposal presented at the Dec. 3 Metropolitan Transportation Commission meeting, could negatively impact city government decisions.

Convened by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and...

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Los Altos Hills changing-of-the-guard ceremony fraught with friction

2 DAYS AGO
Los Altos Hills changing-of-the-guard ceremony fraught with friction
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Newly elected Los Altos Hills City Councilman George Tyson, left, takes the oath of office Dec. 13 as his wife of 39 years, Stephanie, beams.

Los Altos Hills’ final city council meeting of the year – at first a jovial parade of presents and proclamations for outgo...

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Schools

Bullis gets OK for new Mountain View charter

7 DAYS AGO
Bullis gets OK for new Mountain View charter

The Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees Dec. 21 grudgingly approved a petition to charter a new school in the district proposed by members of the Bullis Charter School community. The new school, Bullis Mountain View, is set to open in the 2019-2020 school year.

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Community robotics team celebrates rookie year with wins

9 DAYS AGO
Community robotics team celebrates rookie year with wins

Courtesy of Brian Wilcove
Members of the DeepVision robotics team fix the lift of their robot between matches at the Oct. 5 competition.

Before last year, 17-year-old Reilly Dennedy had never held a drill. Within the year, she not only held a drill, but also helped her team put together a worki...

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Community

Priest explains how recognizing kinship reduces gang membership

2 DAYS AGO

Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle presented a timely message for the holiday season by emphasizing the importance of remembering that “we belong to each other” in his appearance at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Dec. 4.

In his presentation “Lessons from the Field: Kinship as an Intervention,” Boyle, foun...

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Santa Clara Valley Lives: Robert Louis Stevenson's celebrated Christmas in CA

2 DAYS AGO
 Santa Clara Valley Lives: Robert Louis Stevenson's celebrated Christmas in CA

Courtesy of Historic Bay Area Visionaries
Robert Louis Stevenson in a photograph taken in Boston.

Christmas 1879 should have been happy for author Robert Louis Stevenson, who had come to California from Scotland in August, pursuing a woman he loved named Fanny Osbourne.

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Sports

Los Altos, Mtn. View highs honor athletes from fall sports season

2 DAYS AGO
Los Altos, Mtn. View highs honor athletes from fall sports season

Los Altos and Mountain View highs honored the following varsity athletes at their recent fall sports award ceremonies.

Los Altos High

Football

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LA girls bounces back from hoops loss; SF girls edge MV in soccer

2 DAYS AGO
LA girls bounces back from hoops loss; SF girls edge MV in soccer

Vince Blaise/Special to the Town Crier
The St. Francis High girls soccer team commemorates its win over Mountain View High in the Fremont Firebird Classic final. The Lancers edged the Spartans on penalty kicks.

Back in action this week after an 11-day hiatus between games, the Los Altos High girls...

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Comment

Letter to the Editor - Week of Dec. 26

2 DAYS AGO

Mordo’s service benefited LA Library

Jean Mordo has served as a council member for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills during the last 15 years. His service has been characterized by energy, intellect and a desire to continually move forward. His knowledge of public financing and how local governments op...

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No Shoes, Please: Santa Claus comes to town

2 DAYS AGO

When my daughter was in nursery school, I attended meetings with other moms who, like me, were active participants in the co-op school environment. I don’t remember how the topic came up, but during one group discussion, we shared stories of family holiday traditions.

One mother who had three young...

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Special Sections

Matriarch and her granddaughters sell plants for charity

2 DAYS AGO
Matriarch and her granddaughters sell plants for charity

Courtesy of Jen Yan
Lorilei Yan, Adelyn Segalla and Cora Yan, from left, raised money for The Nature Conservancy with their grandmother, Carolyn Segalla, by selling plants. The family sold approximately 100 small plants and donated $150.

Mountain View resident and grandmother Carolyn Segalla ...

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Prioritize emergency preparedness at home in the new year

2 DAYS AGO

At the end of the year, families and friends often gather for meals and holiday celebrations. Show them your love by helping them stay safe and prepare for the new year.

The following safety tips emphasize the importance of prevention and planning.

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Business

Los Altos native moves tech company home to downtown

2 DAYS AGO
Los Altos native moves tech company home to downtown

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Menlo Technologies Inc., a high-tech company founded by Los Altos native Gary Prioste, recently moved its offices from Santa Clara to downtown Los Altos, above.

Moving Menlo Technologies Inc. from Santa Clara to downtown Los Altos has enabled CEO and founder Gary Pr...

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California realtors set to award $1M in housing assistance to fire victims

2 DAYS AGO

With help from a $1 million donation from the Realtors Relief Foundation, the California Association of Realtors is awarding housing assistance grants to homeowners and renters affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires. Grants are distributed through the association’s Housing Affordability Fund...

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People

Dwight & Phyllis Brede

7 DAYS AGO
Dwight & Phyllis Brede

In Memoriam Dwight & Phyllis Brede (1923-2017) - (1929-2018) Phyllis and Dwight Brede, residents of Los Altos Hills, CA since 1962, passed away, respectively, on November 1, 2018 and April 26, 2017, peacefully and pain-free. Phyllis and Dwight will be remembered for their joie-de-vivre and love ...

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Martha Gaspich

7 DAYS AGO

Martha will be remembered for her elegant style; for her warmth and compassion; and for her culinary skills, especially her delicious pies. Martha and her late husband, Robert J. Gaspich, M. D., met over the operating table in Chicago, where Bob was a medical student, and she was a student nurse. Ma...

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Obituaries

Dwight & Phyllis Brede

7 DAYS AGO
Dwight & Phyllis Brede

In Memoriam Dwight & Phyllis Brede (1923-2017) - (1929-2018) Phyllis and Dwight Brede, residents of Los Altos Hills, CA since 1962, passed away, respectively, on November 1, 2018 and April 26, 2017, peacefully and pain-free. Phyllis and Dwight will be remembered for their joie-de-vivre and love ...

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Martha Gaspich

7 DAYS AGO

Martha will be remembered for her elegant style; for her warmth and compassion; and for her culinary skills, especially her delicious pies. Martha and her late husband, Robert J. Gaspich, M. D., met over the operating table in Chicago, where Bob was a medical student, and she was a student nurse. Ma...

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Stepping Out

End is near for 'Tuck Everlasting'

2 DAYS AGO
End is near for 'Tuck Everlasting'

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jesse (Eddie Grey, center left), Winnie (Natalie Schroeder, center, on cart) and a fair-goer (Jonathan Rhys Williams, center right) have fun at the fair in TheatreWorks’ “Tuck Everlasting.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “Tuck Everlastin...

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'Tuck Everlasting' lasts through Dec. 30 at Lucie Stern Theatre

9 DAYS AGO

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings a best-seller to life for the holidays with the regional premiere of “Tuck Everlasting.” The production is scheduled to run through Dec. 30 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Based on Natalie Babbitt’s best-selling novel, “Tuck” is set i...

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Spiritual Life

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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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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