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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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Town Crier Holiday Fund tops $55,000 with three weeks to go

The holiday spirit is alive and well in the Los Altos area. Readers have already made contributions to the Town Crier Holiday Fund in excess of original goals.

As of this press date, the fund had $55,000, well beyond publisher Paul Nyberg's original goal of $50,000 for the first-ever Town Crier Holiday Fund. A new goal of $60,000 has been set for Jan. 10.

The Los Altos Community Foundation has partnered with the Los Altos Town Crier to be the fiscal sponsor, assuring tax-deductible status for all donations. All administrative expenses are covered by the Town Crier, so that 100 percent of the money raised goes to programs for needy families and children in Santa Clara County. Target recipients are agencies or organizations that are underfunded and doing hands-on work with the needy, especially with families and children, Nyberg said.

"Donors have said that it is our special group of small organizations that has encouraged them to give," he said. "Most gifts range from $25 to $100, although 100 shares of Cisco stock have come from one anonymous donor and $10,000 was added last week by the Homer Family Foundation of Atherton."

Among the fund's beneficiaries are: Truck of Love, which provides food and clothing for the homeless and helpless; Mother Branch, who offers food for the hungry; Career Closet, offering clothing and career support for unemployed single moms; Help One Child, which provides foster parents recruitment and support.

Other recipients include: Bay Shore Christian Ministries, which provides after-school tutoring in East Palo Alto; a dental voucher program through the Community Services Agency; Community Homeless Alliance Ministry; and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, which focuses on kids and families learning together.

The Town Crier Holiday Fund was launched with $26,000 in matching grants which means the first $26,000 in contributions were doubled. Matching grants came from Claudia and Bill Coleman; Nan and Chuck Geschke; the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation; the Bill and Gay Krause Foundation; Paul and Liz Nyberg; and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Contributors should make checks payable to the Town Crier Holiday Fund. They may be delivered in person or mailed to the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or contributed by phone with a credit card by calling Gail Vanderberg at the Town Crier office, 948-9000, ext. 335.

Stock gifts are also accepted.

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