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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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Mtn. View girls eke out another victory

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special To The Town Crier

Mountain View High’s Sharissa Estremera, front, celebrates Friday’s win.

The Mountain View High girls basketball team isn’t the biggest or best-shooting squad in the league, yet here the Spartans are – sitting in first place.

Mountain View has a knack for winning close games, like Friday’s 44-42 decision over Lynbrook. The Spartans’ last five games have been decided by four points or less, and they’ve won all but one of them.

“It’s all about determination for us,” said coach Judy Auclair, whose team improved to 5-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 12-7 overall. “We never feel we’re out of a game – we just keep playing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a two-point game or we’re down nine, we don’t feel anybody can beat us.”

The visiting Vikings, who came into Friday’s game tied for first, had their chances. They held a 38-34 lead entering the fourth quarter. But the spunky Spartans scored the next seven points, the last five by Sharissa Estremera (baseline drive and corner 3). The junior guard finished with a game-high 20 points that included four treys.

“Sharissa hit a lot of 3s and kept us in the game,” Auclair said.

Lynbrook snapped its scoreless streak with 4:56 left – on an inside basket by center Jordan Day (16 points) – but Mountain View quickly countered with an uncontested layup from guard Abish Alcaraz. Forward Tiffany Wooten added a free throw at the 3:22 mark, giving the Spartans a 44-40 advantage.

The teams then traded turnovers three times before the Vikings cut their deficit in half on a layin by guard Sharon Hao with 1:10 to go.

After Mountain View missed back-to-back drives, Lynbrook had two shots at tying the game. The Vikings took the ball to the basket both times, with Day’s drive through the middle bouncing off the rim at the buzzer.

The Spartans survived despite shooting only 29 percent from the field and missing 11 of their 15 attempts from 3-point range. But Mountain View forced 14 turnovers, eight of them in the fourth quarter when it limited Lynbrook to 2-of-14 shooting.

“Our defense has to pick it up (for us to win),” Auclair said. “Without height, it’s just determination.”

Perhaps no player was more determined than Sarah Wada. The junior guard scored five points playing with sore ribs.

“Give Wada credit,” Auclair said. “She probably shouldn’t have been out there.”

All of Wada’s points came in the first half, the last one on a free throw with a second left that put the Spartans ahead 22-18.

Estremera had 13 points at intermission.

Mountain View is scheduled to host Saratoga 6 p.m. Friday.

Contact Pete Borello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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