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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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Tap into autumn with classic cars at fall festival

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce will hold its sixth annual "Celebrate Los Altos" Fall festival on Oct. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the South Parking Plaza between First Street and San Antonio Road in downtown Los Altos.

More than 160 artisans will display their work in media as diverse as painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and other decorative holiday items in this yearly fundraiser produced by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce to benefit its many community programs.

This year's festival includes a Sports Tent with television monitors beaming fall football, baseball and soccer games as well as other sporting events via satellite, and a classic car show presenting 80 vintage automobiles pre-dating 1969, as well as an exhibition of pre-1976, for-sale cars.

Children and their parents will also have the opportunity to participate in the festival's annual scarecrow contest and walk down "Children's Alley," which features a variety of child-oriented activities.

Festival entertainment this year features music for many tastes, from the "little big band" sound of String of Pearls, which plays oldies and popular music, to rock 'n' roll by the Jesse Charles Band.

Local restaurants will dish up specialties at food booths, ranging from pizza, to Chinese chicken salad and fajitas and barbecue.

Micro-breweries and area vintners will serve beverages throughout the weekend.

The classic car show, going on both days of the festival, is drawing vehicles from as far away as Napa.

The Los Altos Town Crier has offered a 1947 theme for this year's show, in conjunction with the newspaper's 50th anniversary, and is still searching for two more vintage cars from 1947.

And the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few more pre-1969 cars.

To enter your car or for more information, call Paul Averell at 968-6107 or 948-1455.

Sponsors for the event include the San Jose Mercury News, KBAY, McWhorter's, Bank of Los Altos, PG&E, Armadillo Willy's, Le Boulanger, Black Mountain Water, and Los Altos Garbage Company.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking is available. For more information, call the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce at 948-1455.

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