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News

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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Champions for Youth breakfast honors two community members

The Mountain View-Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Challenge Team supports and creates programs to help youth make positive decisions and live healthy lives. That theme came forward loud and clear at the team's 2002 Champions for Youth benefit breakfast last Thursday.

Dick Liewer, in his final year as associate superintendent of curriculum in the Los Altos School District, and Brother Sam Robin, Saint Francis High School teacher, were the recipients of the Challenge Team 2002 Champions for Youth Awards.

The Challenge Team is a community-based, non-profit partnership of community organizations which collaborate to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related problems in our community. The Challenge Team believes in working together to make a difference for youth and for the health and productivity of the community.

Keynote speaker Brother Steve Johnson, co-director of the Graduate School of Education, Santa Clara University, spoke about "Raising an Ethical Adolescent." Johnson coordinates several community projects, training professionals who work with delinquent and troubled youth and developing gang intervention programs.

"We have a challenge in developing character in today's youth," Johnson said, "Character is who you are today after you overcome the sum of a person's virtues and vices, and what you will be tomorrow."

Johnson provided five key positive behavior patterns that parents should adhere to with growing youth: have a daily conversation with your child; always know where your child is by monitoring or checking; know your child's friends and use peers as a source of influence; reinforce desired behavior in a consistent manner; and sanction undesired behavior in a way that is firm, fair and consistent.

Marge Gratiot, superintendent of Los Altos School District, presented the youth award to Liewer.

"Dick is a treasure for all our children," Gratiot said. "He is leaving the school district next month and we will all miss him dearly. After all these years with Dick, it's like a friendly marriage, but now we will be divorced, but I keep all the kids."

Kevin Makley, president of Saint Francis High School, presented Robin's award.

"Sam committed his life to youth and has been an outstanding role model for 13 years at Saint Francis high School, " Makley said. "He not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. He wants youth to be drug free, and adhere to the values of respect of self and respect of others."

Gay Krause, chairperson of champions for youth, was given an award for organizing the program.

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