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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I share your opinion regarding the Los Altos Hills lame duck council's action on the pathways map (Nov. 11): "The council instead chose to get it over with instead of bowing to the mandate of the voters and doing the right thing for the town."

So I have volunteered my time and support to the Committee for the Preservation of Los Altos Hills efforts to gather enough signatures by Dec. 6 to overturn the council's bad decision. Fortunately, our laws allow for this referendum process as a simple and nonconfrontational way for the will of the voters to be heard.

Unfortunately, some LAH citizens opposed to pathways again have chosen confrontation and attempts at intimidation to try to thwart our mandate.

We have gathered signatures in front of Draeger's market several times this past week. On Friday, Draeger's store manager, Bob Larrieu, told me how he had gotten a few nasty phone calls from people berating him for allowing this simple signature gathering process to occur at Draeger's.

Larrieu checked with owner John Draeger. Both agreed that since all we were doing was providing a convenient way for those who support our referendum to sign it, they would ignore the few irate calls and allow us to continue exercising our democratic rights.

I applaud Draeger's decision and thank them for their courageous action.

And I would respectfully ask those who oppose pathways because they believe that pathways infringe on their rights not to try to infringe on mine.

Bob Lefkowits

Los Altos Hills

Track down perpetrators of recent Hills violence

We appreciated Jon Miller's comments in his letter to the editor (Nov. 20). Please include our voices in his call for more effort in tracking down and arresting those who were involved in rock throwing and threats to people's safety in the name of the pathways issue.

Since we recently annexed to Los Altos Hills, and looked forward to any benefits that attend thereto (in particular the sewer), it is disconcerting to realize that we are now in a community where elected officials are threatened with bodily harm if they do not conform to the wishes of one group's ideas.

We grew up in Los Altos and have lived here for over 50 years. We've always felt happy and proud to be part of its citizenry. In the last year, however, arsonists have set fire to a church, possibly due to religious or ethnic differences, and vandalism and bomb threats have occurred with very little public outcry. This is a shameful thing to happen anywhere, but particularly in a community that has the reputation of being well educated and affluent.

Along with Miller, we believe the Town Crier, and all Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents, should speak out and put pressure on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. There is no excuse for apathy. If terrorism cannot be controlled in our own small community, how can it be controlled in the world?

David and Karen Jessen

Los Altos Hills

Thanks for returning belongings

I would like to thank the person(s) who found my purse at the Rancho Starbucks around noon Nov. 22, and the Starbucks employees working at that time who kept it safe. After I realized my purse was missing, I went back to the store, and I was delighted to have it returned with all credit cards, cash, driver's license and keys intact. I am a firm believer that most people are honest, and I want to thank you for reaffirming that belief. God bless all of you for choosing to do the right thing!

Cathy Harari

Los Altos Hills

Used cell phones help stop violence

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Los Altos community for responding so generously to my request for used cell phones to aid victims of domestic violence. To date, I have collected over 8,000 cell phones since December 2000 when I collaborated with the "Donate-A-Phone" program. Despite the media coverage throughout Silicon Valley, the majority of the phones came from Los Altos residents.

I would also like to thank Los Altos resident Tom Hoffman, who owns R.M. Hoffman Company in Sunnyvale, for providing the shipping. His assistance has been invaluable.

The "Donate-A-Phone" program was introduced by the Motorola Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Originally, the call was made for one million telephones to be given to women and their children who fear for their safety and could not otherwise obtain cell phones for emergency use. Your used cell phone may have saved a life.

It is very simple to start your own collection and requires no financial support due to a fundraising program called PhoneRaising. It is designed to raise funds for your club or organization. PhoneRaising enables you to harness the value of the estimated 30 million used cell phones lying idle in America's drawers and closets. These used cell phones are just waiting to be reprogrammed, refurbished or recycled to help benefit your organization. You collect the phones, they pay for shipping and they send you a check to support organization's revenue objectives. Everybody wins!

To learn more about "Donate-A-Phone" program, please view their website at www.donateaphone.com.

Shelly Potvin

Los Altos

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