Vintage album discovered at LAH Town Hall finds a home

Deborah Padovan Jitze Couperus Maria Murtagh
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Los Altos Hills City Clerk Deborah Padovan, above, from left, and town History Committee member Jitze Couperus reunite Daly City resident Maria Murtagh with a vintage photo album once owned by her grandfather, Augusto Leonida Galdieri.

Maria Galdieri Murtagh thought the letter was a scam.

“To Whom It May Concern: We are looking for any descendants of (Augusto) Galdieri, who apparently owned a Pharmacy in San Francisco in the early 1900’s or any of his three children.”

But then Murtagh noticed her own face staring back at her among the envelope’s contents.

“I was shocked to turn the page over and see my high school graduation picture,” she said.

Police believe July 4 car thefts linked

Los Altos Police are investigating two reports of vehicles stolen from the 100 block of Marvin Avenue, and officers suspect that the same person is responsible for both July 4 incidents.

The first theft was reported at 8:33 a.m. and the second came at noon, according to

Clyde Noel: Fun-loving 'man on the street' was avid local volunteer

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Mr. Noel in 2015

Clyde Noel loved telling a good story and sharing a conspiratorial laugh. The retired sporting-goods salesman had a passion for people, a devotion he parlayed into a second career as a volunteer, full-time roving reporter for the Town Crier.

Mr. Noel, an energetic, colorful personality who donated his time and money to numerous local nonprofit groups, died June 21 after a short illness. He was 96.

Summer blood need runs high at Stanford

Howard Bischoff/Town Crier
Stanford University called for O+ donors last week after a series of operations and a transplant depleted its blood center’s supply.

A spate of heart operations and an organ transplant at Stanford Hospital prompted the university’s blood center to issue an urgent call for O+ donors last week.

The crisis passed as donors heeded the call in a matter of days, but the “heat map” of most-needed blood types continued to show shifting shortages that can track with individual patients.

LA police station gets new heating & air

The Los Altos Police Department is poised to get new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and Chief Andy Galea said the upgrades can’t come soon enough for staff who work at the aging station.

“The police department is a 50-year-old building with an aged HVAC system that requires frequent repair and servicing,” he said. “When the outside temperature is very cold or very hot, there is a significant difference in temperature from one end of the building to the other.”

LAH council explores town hall update

Heritage House
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A proposal to update Los Altos Hills Town Hall facilities calls for replacing the Heritage House, above, with additional green space.

A proposal to update Los Altos Hills Town Hall facilities to accommodate a growing number of activities is gaining traction – albeit with baby steps, council members assure.

At last month’s city council meeting, Councilman Roger Spreen presented findings from a subcommittee discussion about repurposing existing town hall square footage. He described three potential options that could unfold in tandem: replacing or extending the 880-square-foot Parks and Recreation Department building until it connects with the main town hall structure; enclosing the 300-square-foot patio behind the council chambers; and replacing the 1,000-square-foot Heritage House with green space.

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