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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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Eagles find positives in loss to Spartans

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special
To The Town Crier

Los Altos’ Meghan McDermott had 12 kills in Thursday’s loss at Mountain View.

The Eagles got swept, but they weren’t somber after Thursday’s volleyball match against the rival Spartans.

Although Los Altos High couldn’t match Mountain View’s height – or stifle standout Brittany Howard (34 kills) – all three sets were close. The host Spartans prevailed 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.

“Great game,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said. “Great energy, and my team never gave up.”

The scrappy Eagles made Mountain View work for the win, posting 73 digs in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division match.

Meghan McDermott led Los Altos with 18 digs and 12 kills. Meghan Cyron added 10 kills and Hanna Koehler posted 26 assists.

Mountain View improved to 1-2 in league, 7-8 overall. Los Altos dropped to 3-1 in league, 19-5 overall.

In a battle of defending state champions, St. Francis eked out a five-game win over Palo Alto Sept. 26. The visiting Lancers won 25-20, 28-26, 19-25, 22-25, 15-8 behind 18 kills from Taylor Deaton.

St. Francis claimed the state Division II title last year and Palo Alto won Division I.

The Lancers played at Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 28, recording a sweep to push their record to 13-2 overall. Alex Espinosa had 10 kills for St. Francis.

Pinewood swept Harker Sept. 27, getting five kills from Claire Nolan, four from Kandace Korver and 13 assists from Adrienne Whitlock.

Boys water polo

The two undefeated teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division faced off Sept. 28, and Los Altos came away with a 9-8 victory at Palo Alto.

Matt Orton tallied six goals for the Eagles (5-0 league) and Ian McColl had the other three. Cameron Putnam made 11 saves.

Los Altos met its match Friday, however, falling 15-10 to visiting St. Francis in a non-league game. Orton and McColl each scored three goals for the Eagles (19-3 overall) and Adam Warmoth added two.

Mountain View topped Los Gatos 15-9 Thursday, raising its record to 4-2 in the De Anza Division and 12-3 overall.

Thomas Burch scored seven goals for the visiting Spartans, who routed Homestead 10-3 a day earlier.

Field hockey

St. Francis remained perfect by beating Leigh and Los Gatos last week.

The Lancers beat Leigh 6-1 Friday and defeated Los Gatos 3-1 Sept. 28. Krustina Bassi scored two goals in each game.

St. Francis improved to 4-0 in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division and 8-0 overall.

Girls water polo

Olivia Santiago scored four goals and Katy Schaefer three in Los Altos’ 9-5 home win over Palo Alto Sept. 28. Nicole Larsen made 17 saves for the Eagles.

Mountain View fell 17-7 to Santa Clara Thursday, despite four goals from Emma Frerichs.

St. Francis walloped Menlo-Atherton 11-2 Sept. 28 in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller notched four goals for the Lancers and Sami Strutner added three.

Girls tennis

Mountain View split a pair of De Anza Division matches last week, routing Gunn 6-1 and falling 4-3 to Lynbrook. The Spartans entered this week with a 2-3 league mark.

Los Altos swept Piedmont Hills Sept. 28 in non-league play, with Kacey Incerpi winning 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

The host Eagles improved to 2-9 overall.

Last week’s 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart Prep put Pinewood’s overall record at 3-3.

Girls golf

Cori Inkster earned medalist honors for St. Francis in a 214-220 loss to undefeated Valley Christian Sept. 26 at Shoreline Golf Links.

The Lancers dropped to 2-5.

Cross-country

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Robinson of Gunn finished the 2.3-mile Central Park Invitational in 13 minutes, 40.6 seconds to win the girls title Sept. 27.

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