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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?

T...

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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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Schools Briefs

Kindergarten information

Parents of preschool children who will be attending kindergarten in the Los Altos School District in the fall 1998 are invited to attend an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. on either Jan. 22 or Jan. 27 at Almond School's multipurpose room, 550 Almond Ave. in Los Altos.

Teachers and school district administrators will make presentations and hand out information.

To be eligible for the district's 98-99 kindergarten program, children must be five years old on or before Dec. 2, 1998.

They must also reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District. Student pre-registration will begin at all six Los Altos elementary schools at 7 a.m. Feb. 5.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

December was named Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by various community groups to educate residents about the dangers of drinking and driving and to provide solutions. Last year 103 teens in California were killed in alcohol-related crashes. For more information about how to ensure your teen will drive responsibly at all times, call (916) 444-8014, or visit the Office of Safety web site at www.ots.org/ots

Motorist warnings

Motorists will need to use extra caution when approaching a school bus as a result of new legislation that will go into effect tomorrow. According to the new law, bus drivers will be required to activate the flashing red lights at every location, whether or not children will be crossing the roadway, requiring motorists to stop.

Volunteer readers

Volunteers are needed to assist local second graders with reading and writing activities for six Tuesday mornings. With a ratio of two students per volunteer, children and volunteers will together make a journal of "Life in the Second Grade." Training will be provided by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. For more information, please call Linda at 940-6024.

Winter classes at Foothill

Winter classes at Foothill College start Jan. 5 and continue through March 27. Students of all ages and skill levels can enroll in the more than 1,000 courses being offered, including language arts, business science, biological and health sciences, and computer, technology and information systems.

Late registration can be made in person today and Thursday in the Admissions and Records Office.

For more information, call 949-7005.

Holiday giving

Students at Woodside Priory measured, cut and stitched handmade polar fleece blankets to be distributed throughout the winter to needy families and their newborn babies at Stanford Hospital.

Through the nonprofit organization "Thear," students also adopted two needy families for Christmas by giving them gifts specified on tags from a "giving tree."

LAHS graduates

Los Altos High School alumni are looking for the current names, addresses and phone numbers for students from all class years for the creation of the first alumni directory. For more information, contact Harris Publishing by calling 1-800-733-8859 or fax information to 1-800-238-8332. You many also send information to Los Altos Alumni Directory Project, c/0 Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, 313 E. Anderson Lane, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78752.

Scholarship information

Students can find information on how to receive academic funding and scholarships for college through the National Academic Funding Advisory's updated 1998 publication. To order a copy, send a No. 10 self-addressed, double-stamped envelope plus $2 to cover handling to the National Academic Funding Advisory, 188 Summer ST. Dept. M1, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

El Camino scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has several scholarships available for the 1998-99 academic year for students enrolled or planning to enroll in health professional programs.

For more information or to obtain an application, call the El Camino Hospital Foundation office at 940-7154. Applications are due by Jan. 31, 1998.

Hospital Auxiliary scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary is currently taking applications for health professional scholarships.

Applicants must be permanent residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Cupertino, who are enrolled or will be enrolling as full-time students (12 units or more) at an accredited California college or university. They must be enrolled in one of the following fields of study: clinical laboratory technology, diagnostic imaging, dietitian, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, pharmacy technology, physical therapy or physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy, radiological technology or respiratory therapy.

Deadline for completed applications is Feb. 28, 1998. For an application, write to Scholarship Committee, El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 7025, Mountain View 94039-7025, or call 940-7214.

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