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LASD approves advisory committee expansion

Los Altos School District trustees approved a resolution Aug. 25 to expand their Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee, which provides the district with advice on future facilities projects.

The resolution broadened the membership of the committ...

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Schools

Program turns parents into school-day advocates

Program turns parents into school-day advocates


Courtesy of Sonia Maiello.
Project Cornerstone parent reader Sonia Maiello regales a Montclaire classroom.

Parent volunteers at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos are gearing up for the seventh year of Project Cornerstone, a countywide YMCA ...

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Community

'Beach Blanket Babylon' star entertains Rotary Club

'Beach Blanket Babylon' star entertains Rotary Club



“Beach Blanket Babylon” star Tammy Nelson entertains members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Aug. 21. Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier

Wearing 300-pound hats as she belts out clever, zany and often bawdy songs, Tammy Nelson stars in th...

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Sports

Eagles, Spartans gear up for gridiron season

Eagles, Spartans gear up for gridiron season


Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos and Mountain View highs have new starting quarterbacks this year, with Kyle Gnoud, above, taking over for the Eagles.

If any game defined the 2013 football seasons for Los Altos and Mountain View highs...

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You may have already won!: A Piece of My Mind

There is something irresistible in the idea of buried treasure brought to light. We love to hear about the dusty picture in the attic that turns out to be a genuine Rembrandt, the stock certificate in the bottom of the neglected safe deposit box tha...

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Special Sections

A Chrysler comeback New 200C is proof the company is relevant again

A Chrysler comeback New 200C is proof the company is relevant again


Courtesy of Chrysler
The 2015 Chrysler 200C offers a 295-horsepower V-6 engine and the SafeTec package. The interior features comfortable front seats, lots of legroom and a restyled center-console area.

The reborn Chrysler Corp. is a success story ...

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Business

Modern art exhibit comes to Los Altos: Passerelle teams with Christie's on pop-up venture

Modern art exhibit comes to Los Altos: Passerelle teams with Christie's on pop-up venture


images courtesy of Christie’s 2014
Christie’s auction house will host a pop-up exhibit Sept. 10-18 in downtown Los Altos. Works on display will include Roy Lichtenstein’s “Girl in Mirror,” valued at $2 to 3 million and a 2013 untitled work by Korak...

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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

SARA MITTELMAN

Sara Mittelman, 97, was born May 10, 1917 and died August 15, 2014 at Menorah Medical Center. She was born in Pilica, Poland and came to the USA in 1950. Sara was a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family during the war. She was one of the olde...

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Travel

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer


Photos courtesy of TOURISM VANCOUVER
Outdoor adventures abound in and around Vancouver, including a boat excursion into Horseshoe Bay and a jaunt on the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, among the most popular attractions in British Col...

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Stepping Out

Los Altos Stage Company attaches itself to

Los Altos Stage Company attaches itself to "Trailer"


COURTESY OF LOS ALTOS STAGE COMPANY
The cast of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, clockwise from left, Mylissa Malley (Lin), Christina Bolognini (Pickles) and Vanessa Alvarez (as Betty).

Los Altos Stage Company launches its 19t...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

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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 o...

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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2004

PREUSS, Nellie Riedel,

Nellie was born in Coronado, CA, on November 18, 1903, the second daughter and third child of Peter and Atsje Riedel, who immigrated to America from Friesland, Holland at the turn of the 20th century. Shortly after Nellie's birth, the family moved to Santa Barbara, where her father, Peter, became widely known as a horticulturist, landscape designer and associate of Dr. Francesco Franceschi.

Nellie received her B.A. from the U. of California at Berkeley in 1925. Before returning to Santa Barbara and starting her own family, she taught at The Katherine Burke School in San Francisco. After her children set out on their own, she returned to Northern California, where she lived first in Menlo Park and then in Carmel before moving to the Sequoias.

With the help of her eldest daughter, Mary, Nellie compiled a 252 page bound book in 1984 on Our Dutch Heritage which traced her Dutch family back six generations. Her relatives were presented with a copy as a Christmas gift.

Nellie loved to read, write, garden, sew and play bridge. One of her greatest joys was to visit with her family, who knew her as a good listener, keen observer and loyal friend. Her enthusiasm for the simple gifts of life was contagious to those around her.

Nellie is survived by her four children and their families: Mary Randolph of Menlo Park, CA; Ms Patricia Rinaker of LaJolla, CA; Charles F. Preuss of Atherton, CA; Pamela Ellsworth of Los Altos, CA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

MANSFIELD, Mary JoAnn,

JoAnn was born in Portland, Oregon on October 19, 1922. She attended the University of Oregon for three years, then transferred to the University of Arizona for her last year. In 1943, she married Edward "Ned" Franklin Mansfield, who became not only her husband but her dearest friend and support system. In 1951, after Ned retired from active duty in the Air Force, JoAnn and Ned moved to Palo Alto, California where they lived and raised their three children for 25 years. In 1968, they moved to their present home in Los Altos.

JoAnn had a bubbling and outgoing personality. She loved engaging people in conversations about their lives and interests. Of greatest importance to her, however, was her family. In August of 2003, JoAnn and Ned celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Sunriver, Oregon. They enjoyed a full week there with their three children and families: Marrily Doore from Saratoga (and her husband Danny and their two children Malea and Brian); Michael from San Mateo (and his wife Theresa and their three children, Tyson, Danielle and Roxanne) and Stephen from Astoria, Oregon (and his wife Debbie and their two children, Joseph and Jamie). JoAnn's late brother John Supple was also there along with other relatives and friends.

JoAnn worked in and supported the family businesses and was very active in community activities. She served for 11 years as a docent at the Cantor Art Center, she was a member of the Palo Alto Auxiliary to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and was a member of the Library Associates at Stanford. JoAnn greatly enjoyed the friendships she made as a member of the Garden Club of Palo Alto, her bridge group and her two book groups. She also loved playing tennis, and later in life, golf. She was a member of Foothills Tennis and Swim Club and Menlo Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church at 1040 Border Road, Los Altos on Saturday, May 1, at 3 PM. A reception will follow at Foothills Tennis and Swim Club at 3351 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Pathways Hospice at 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 95040 or the Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

RAABE, Madelyn,

Friends were invited to attend services on April 8, 2004 at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. Interment was on April 9, 2004 at the Rural Cemetery, Stockton, CA

Donations to the Pan Am Pilots Retirement Operation Dignity, 1172 So. Dixie Highway #460, Coral Gables, FL 53146-2918 or the Project Match, Inc, 555 Meridian Ave, Suite C, San Jose, CA 95126 preferred.

SCOTT, Gordon Lester,

His passions included racing, classic automobiles, antique wood boats, water and snow skiing and spending time with his family. One of his greatest joys came from cooking extravagant meals and sharing his gift with others. He especially had a fervor for spicy dishes and has passed that down to his sons.

Gordon met Leleta Hindman at the Palo Alto Ski Club in 1965 and they were married in February 1967. They were blessed with two sons, Brian Lester born April 9, 1970 and Randall Hindman born April 26, 1973.

Gordon worked for Thomas Air Systems in South San Francisco for over 30 years. He was involved with a variety of community organizations including: The Los Altos Educational Foundation, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, AYSO Soccer and Scouting with his sons.

His fondness for Lake Tahoe, which began in his high school years, continued into his adult life with summer and winter vacations at the family cabin. The peaceful lake was amongst the family's fondest memories, where they spent time hiking, water skiing and camping. This indeed was Gordon's favorite spot.

Gordon and Laleta have enjoyed the past six years of retirement in Placerville where they are members of the El Dorado Federated Church and where Gordon served as the resident chef for the men's breakfast.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife Laleta of 37 years, sons Brian and Randy, grandsons Jonah and Carter and granddaughter Avery.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, Placerville, CA.

KRANTZ, David O.,

Passionate about Special Education reform, David worked at state and local levels on behalf of

students for over a decade. He published the newsletter Parents Educating Parents (1990-93), the Special Education Observer (1994-2001), and authored Taming the IEP, a handbook for parents (Sopris West). David worked in the test publishing business for nearly thirty years with CTB McGraw-Hill, The Psychological Corporation and CPP, Inc. in Palo Alto.

David was an avid racquetball player and lover of good literature. Fishing, cycling and cooking were among his other great pleasures. His unfailing sense of fairness guided his actions in business as well as his personal life. His integrity, intelligence and wit endeared him to those who knew him.

David had lived in Mountain View since 1987. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, children Katy and Bill, mother Adele and brother Matthew.

Those wishing to attend a memorial celebration are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Memorial contributions may be made to Trout, Unlimited (www.tu.org), 1500 Wilson Blvd, Suite 310, Arlington, VA 22209, or to Stanford University for medical research with check written to Stanford University, #941156365 (on memo line), C/O 1123 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

HOLWAY, Kathleen S.,

Kathleen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Roger B. Holway, Jr. and her two sons John (San Jose, CA) and William (Minneapolis, MN). She was an active member and past president of the Almond School PTA in Los Altos and a library activities volunteer and later worked for 10 years as receptionist for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Urology Dept.

Kathleen will be deeply missed by her family and many dear friends. A private sea scattering service will be held.

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