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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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MV's Celan advances in CCS tennis; season ends for Foothill teams

Mountain View High’s Iva Celan was the lone local girls tennis player to advance beyond the opening round of the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament.

The unseeded junior bowed out in the quarterfinals of the singles competition, held Nov. 22 and 23 at Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos.

Celan defeated Santa Teresa’s Najah Simmons, also unseeded, 6-3, 7-6 in the first round. Celan next faced third seed Giannina Ong of Menlo, who prevailed 6-2, 6-4.

“Iva had a couple of chances to even the match up at one set each,” Mountain View coach Frank Smyth said. “She went up 4-2 in the second set but then lost four straight games as Ong closed out the match.”

Mountain View’s other representative in singles, sophomore Vivian Li, lost quickly to Mitty’s Mariska Chamdani. Smyth said unseeded Li “started slow and never got into the match” against No. 4 Chamdani, who won 6-1, 6-1.

St. Francis’ Mary Kloss lost her opener in straight sets as well. Top seed Crystal Yen of Saratoga beat the unseeded sophomore 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles, the Lancers’ unseeded duo of freshman Paulina Bajet and senior Angela Pratt lost in two close sets. Sixth-seeded Logan Finnell and Anna Romeka of Stevenson beat them 7-6, 6-5.

Women’s soccer

Foothill’s season ended in the second round of the NorCal playoffs with a 1-0 loss at American River Nov. 23.

“We had a few very good chances but couldn’t put it away,” said Owen Flannery, whose Owls edged Skyline by the same score in the first round.

Women’s volleyball

Foothill lost in four games at Santa Rosa Saturday in the second round of the NorCal playoffs, 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 17-25.

In opening-round action Nov. 23, Foothill swept visiting Butte 25-18, 25-23, 25-23. Noel Kwalick notched 14 kills for the Owls and Angie Larsen had 14 digs.

Women’s water polo

Foothill finished fourth at the state championships Nov. 20. The Owls lost 8-4 to American River in the third-place game.

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

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