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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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Senior shuttle service set for spring launch

Photo Courtesy Of Nanci Cooper Nanci Cooper of Mountain View, founder of Cooper ElderCare Consulting, has applied for permits for First and Main, a shuttle service for seniors.

For most people, all it takes to get to the grocery store is a set of car keys. That’s not the case for many senior citizens, who may not feel comfortable driving anymore.

Older residents want to retain their independence, so they resist any hint of a caregiver in their homes. Helpful adult children offer to drive their parents to doctor’s appointments, but that gets old when family and job demands conflict.

Enter Mountain View resident Nanci Cooper, who has seen this scenario played out many times over the 30 years she’s worked with seniors, visiting them in their homes to cook or carry on conversations as a volunteer through a Santa Clara County program.

Her solution to the problem? First and Main, a senior shuttle service scheduled to ferry Los Altos seniors who live independently, not in assisted-living centers or other facilities.

Cooper is in the midst of securing the proper city permits, which she hopes to have by mid-April.

“Seniors often don’t want strangers in their homes, or they feel like the caregiver will just hang out,” said Cooper, who also runs Cooper ElderCare Consulting to solve dilemmas like this one and to recruit helpers. “The (adult) children are pushing the caregiver thing, but parents really don’t want it.”

First and Main will serve as an alternative to hiring full-time help, “just another tool,” Cooper said. Instead of having someone underfoot in their homes, seniors will be able to call 279-7616 for a ride anywhere within Los Altos, seven days a week. Seniors will get door-to-door pickups and drop-offs without reservations for $400 a month.

The cost will run less than it would to hire a caregiver, but more than depending on friends or relatives. Unlimited rides will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, with shorter hours – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. – on Saturdays and Sundays, major holidays included.

Cooper’s next goal is to apply for grants to buy a disabled-friendly van, something she can’t afford now. Therefore, initially the shuttle service will accommodate only those active seniors who aren’t comfortable driving themselves anymore.

The success of the business depends on providing short trips, which Cooper said is the only way she could be profitable without a government subsidy. That means that she won’t service Los Altos Hills, but she hopes to expand in the future.

Cooper has two vehicles in her fleet and plans to be a driver.

For more information on First and Main or Cooper ElderCare Consulting, call 279-7616 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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