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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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Couple $17 million richer

Los Altos residents are big SuperLotto winners

Los Altos resident Lynn Bell was home alone Saturday when she checked her SuperLotto numbers against the winning numbers in the newspaper.

She couldn't believe it when she discovered she and her husband Rick held the winning combination worth $17 million.

Lynn screamed so loudly that the family dog became frightened and hid.

She waited for her husband to come home.

When she heard the garage door open, Lynn ran outside and waved the winning ticket.

Rick couldn't believe it.

"Read it and weep," Lynn told him. And he did.

This makes the Bells California's newest SuperLotto millionaires and the first Los Altos residents ever to claim a SuperLotto jackpot prize, said Gina Stassi, a spokeswoman from California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.

Each year, for the next 20 years, the Bells will receive $850,000 per year, which is a net payment of $612,000 per year.

Just a few days earlier the Bells had been discussing business. Lynn said to Rick, "The dream can be ours. We just have to have faith."

She had no idea their Lottery win was imminent, but she did believe that good fortune was in their future.

The Bells said they have no immediate plans for the winnings and would like to take the time needed to make decisions.

"We'll just enjoy the summer and go from there," Rick said.

The Bells bought their winning ticket in Los Altos at Jerry's Liquor and Deli at 398 S. San Antonio Road.

Joe and Shahr Mardini have owned the business for almost 10 years and say this is the first time they have ever sold a winning ticket.

"I'm the one," said Joe Mardindi who owns Jerry's with his wife, Shahr. "I sold the ticket.

"A lot of people come and say - 'hey - this is a lucky place.' And they buy a (SuperLotto) ticket. Even the TV people (from Channel 11) bought tickets."

The Mardinis, who live in Mountain View, have been married for 17 years and have three children, 15, 11 and 7.

For selling the winning ticket, they receive one half of one percent which is $85,000, Stassi said.

"It'll go for my kids' education," Mardini said. He expects the check to come in four to six weeks, in one payment.

The Mardinis were unable to go to San Jose for the 1 p.m. press conference on Monday when the winners were announced. They couldn't leave their deli. But their phone is ringing and the store is filling with people who want to feel lucky, too.

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