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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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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

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
High-tech vice president by day, screenwriter by night, Mountain View resident Robert Frostholm pursues his passion for storytelling.

Robert Frostholm has always been a storyteller.

Until a couple of years ago, however, hi...

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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

Oshman JCC hosts panel on Judaism and Science

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 39...

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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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Locals hope to shine in county all-star game

Like any all-star exhibition, the participants in next week's Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game intend to have fun. However, this doesn't mean these high school standouts won't take the game seriously.

Just ask Mountain View High fullback Mike Caldwell.

"I want to have fun, but I also want to do well," Caldwell said. "It's a big game and I want to help our team win."

St. Francis offensive lineman Joe Escobar agrees.

"I think every one's playing to win," Escobar said. "No one's willing to lose an all-star game."

Caldwell and Escobar are among eight seniors from the area slated to play in the county all-star game at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at San Jose State's Spartan Stadium.

Joining them on the North team will be defensive back Ryan Gutierrez of Los Altos, kicker Bryan Beall of St. Francis, defensive back Fred Shepherd and tight end Brent Bower of Gunn, plus defensive lineman Matt Kenney and linebacker Chris Brooker of Homestead.

In all, more than 100 players from the class of 1998 are expected to take part in the 24th annual charity game, which pits North vs. South. The all-star classic is named after the former Los Gatos High football coach who's been fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease since 1977.

The teams have been practicing since July 8, with the North working out at Lynbrook High. And so far, Gutierrez likes what he's seen from his teammates.

"I'm excited because we have a lot of good players," Gutierrez said. "And we seem to be working well together."

Playing well as a team and individually can only help these players further their careers.

Escobar, for example, doesn't plan to play football this fall, but said he hopes to transfer from UC-Riverside to Cal-Berkeley next year to continue his career. He knows an impressive performance in front of the throng of recruiters expected at the game will improve his chances.

"I look forward to meeting (the scouts)," Escobar said.

Gutierrez, who's also taking a year off from football, is eager to please the scouts as well.

"I just want to go out there and shine," he said.

Another player hoping to make an impression is Caldwell. He intends to play at West Valley College this fall and then transfer to a four-year school.

"It's a great honor to play in this game, and if I do well it can only help me," Caldwell said.

Perhaps no player is more excited about making the all-star team than Shepherd, a former Los Altos Hills resident.

"This is my dream," said Shepherd, who will play for Cabrillo College this fall. "I planned on making this game before last season even started."

Tickets to the game are $8 (kids under 5 get in free) and can be purchased in advance by calling the San Jose Box Office at (408) 246-1160.

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