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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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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Letters to the Editor - Week of Jan. 2

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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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News

2018 Los Altan of the Year: Dennis Young

1 MONTHS AGO
2018 Los Altan of the Year: Dennis Young

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 when it comes to community involvement.

Since the early 1970s, when he first arrived in Los Altos, Young has been a ubiquitous volunteer. He’s been act...

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MV Police search for hit-and-run driver

1 MONTHS AGO

The Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s help in identifying a suspect who hit a pedestrian with his or her car the night of Dec. 13 but fled the scene before police arrived.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Mountain View police and fire personnel responded to a call of a car-versus-pedest...

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Schools

Tutorfly stretches its wings

1 MONTHS AGO
Tutorfly stretches its wings

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

Taylor Garcia, sixth-grader at Graham Middle School in Mountain View, loves animals. She wanted to build a website dedicated to ending puppy mills...

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Bullis gets OK for new Mountain View charter

1 MONTHS 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

National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need

1 MONTHS AGO
National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need

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

More than 40 mothers and daughters from National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter worked together to host...

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Los Altos History Museum to celebrate Three Kings Day Sunday

1 MONTHS AGO

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to celebrate Three Kings Day noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Three Kings Day – also known as Día de los Reyes Magos or the Feast of the Epiphany – will honor the Catholic tradition and Mexican heritage of Juana Briones, the subj...

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Sports

Cal-bound Carter has Olympic aspirations

1 MONTHS AGO
Cal-bound Carter has Olympic aspirations

Courtesy of Danielle Carter
Danielle Carter dives into the pool at a recent swim meet. Recruited by several colleges, the Los Altos High senior signed a National Letter of Intent with UC Berkeley last month.

For most of the population, five seconds is a small and irrelevant amount of time. For Dani...

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Slew of local athletes receive all-league honors

1 MONTHS AGO
Slew of local athletes receive all-league honors

Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High linebacker Jose Marin-Melo, right, is the SCVAL El Camino Division Defensive Player of the Year for 2018.

All-league honors were recently handed out to high-school athletes participating in fall sports throughout the Central Coast Section.

Local varsity athle...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor - Week of Jan. 2

1 MONTHS AGO

Comments deemed ‘demeaning’

In my long career in human resources management, I observed that successful companies had many common core values. One of these was how employees and managers should communicate with each other.

The phrase “praise in public, admonish in private” describes one of these v...

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A Piece of My Mind: Congratulations, Los Altos! More than 80 percent of you voted. Now what?

1 MONTHS AGO

At a recent meeting, Kim Cranston of Los Altos Forward shared some numbers from the recent election. Per his research, 82.9 percent of registered voters in Los Altos participated in the election, a higher percentage than in Mountain View, Campbell, Sunnyvale or San Mateo. (Direct comparisons were on...

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Special Sections

Small vehicles offer big thrills

1 MONTHS AGO
Small vehicles offer big thrills

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 are practical and fun at the same time – the Volkswagen Golf GTI SE and Fiat 500X Lounge.

They are two examples of the several models in the ul...

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Leading the charge on battery replacement

1 MONTHS AGO

One of the maintenance activities handy people often still want to do on their own is change their car’s battery.

I have no problem with people trying do-it-yourself projects, but approximately a quarter of the time a new battery doesn’t actually fix the problem. In these circumstances,...

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Business

Author visits Linden Tree to promote book and STEM

1 MONTHS AGO
Author visits Linden Tree to promote book and STEM

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 Tree Books. Visiting Los Altos on her fall book tour, she shared several passages from “Ara the Star Engineer” before pulling out a virtual-reality hea...

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Shoe shop shutters

1 MONTHS AGO

Bay Area shoe retailer Sole Desire closed its 315 Main St. shop in downtown Los Altos Dec. 16, and a customer service representative said she was “not exactly sure why.”

Myleah Pandit confirmed Dec. 20 that Sole Desire’s 22nd location had been permanently shuttered, but she could offer no further i...

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People

Dwight & Phyllis Brede

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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

Local plays, concerts abound in January

1 MONTHS AGO
Local plays, concerts abound in January

While the number of local plays and concerts diminish during the holidays, there are plenty of performances planned for January.

A rundown of what’s being performed when and where follows.

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End is near for 'Tuck Everlasting'

1 MONTHS 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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Spiritual Life

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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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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