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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Letters to the Editor

Construction at odds with ‘quaint’ town

"Welcome to Los Altos. The tree-lined streets, lush with green hues in summer and verdant colors in fall, evoke the quaint, village atmosphere of small-town America. Originally an agricultural town with many summer cottages, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community with several distinctive features. An upscale community just 40 miles south of San Francisco." (Source: www.losaltos.com.)

"Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown district as well as the area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill and El Camino Real. Excellent schools and proximity to coastal foothills make it one of the area’s premier cities." (Source: Wikipedia.)

This sounds like the perfect place to raise a family. How distant this notion will be with the construction of a three-story, industrial medical center just steps away from many of the "quaint single-family homes" and neighborhood elementary school. Parents will never again feel the ease and comfort of allowing their children to walk a block to school, skate out on their sidewalks, throw a baseball in their front yards, go on a leisurely evening walk with the dog or skip to a friend's house.

Commercial businesses, their owners and employees do not monitor business activity to ensure a quaint atmosphere. As an alternative to the proposed plan, single-family homes on the Pilgrim Haven property would preserve the look and feel of Los Altos as it was meant to be.

Susan E. Keck-Truman

Alan Truman

Los Altos

Pilgrim Haven a ‘valued asset'

We have lived on Yerba Buena Avenue (off Los Altos Avenue) for almost 43 years. Our sons used to walk or ride their bicycles up to the orchards and open space that once bordered Pilgrim Haven. With the passage of time, housing took over the orchards and open space.

Of course, with housing and the passage of time, and as the population of Los Altos has grown, the need for facilities to house and care for our senior citizens (including those with Alzheimer's disease) has also grown. Pilgrim Haven is seeking to address this need.

Pilgrim Haven is doing its very best to accommodate the needs of the surrounding community. It is recognized that during the construction period every effort must be made not to impact the neighborhood. Also, the final structures must conform to the looks of the surrounding neighborhoods. This Pilgrim Haven has done through the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

We believe Pilgrim Haven is a valued asset for Los Altos and that it should be allowed to grow to better serve the community.

Gerard and Mardell Blaufarb

Los Altos

Junior Olympics show ‘Personal Best'

The Los Altos School District hosted its 49th annual Junior Olympics April 25 at Mountain View High School. As co-chairwomen of the event, we are compelled to write to express our sincere gratitude to this wonderful community for pulling together and making it a huge success.

From the beginning stages of planning with our amazing district committee to planning with the staff at Mountain View High School and coordinating with literally hundreds of parent and middle and high school volunteers – and the professionals at LASD who went beyond the call of duty to support the event – we tip our hats to you. And especially to our student athletes, who demonstrated sportsmanship and the finest Olympic spirit, we congratulate you.

This "only in Los Altos" event is truly unique. At times it seems impossible and frustrating, but it is so worth every ounce of stress, sweat and perseverance. We are proud to be part of a community that cares so much for our kids that we continue to do it every year. "Personal Best" is our athletes' motto, the theme of our committee and, we believe, a reflection of Los Altos as a whole.

Beth Levy and Pat Kapp

Co-chairwomen

Junior Olympics 2009

Peace Study courses needed?

It is imperative to have Peace Study courses in our schools and to replace violent sports like football, boxing and wrestling with lifetime sports such as swimming, golf, baseball or social dancing. James Michener's book "Sports in America" is a great reference.

In today's world, Peace Studies should be the No. 1 requirement. All the Ph.D.s in the world will not matter if we do not survive as a species. Someone said you could have a dozen doctorates and still flunk life.

One must do more than pray for peace – one must work for peace. Including Peace Studies and Education for Peace is vital for the survival of humanity.

Virginia Bates

Los Altos

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