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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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Community Briefs

Students' committee needs volunteers

Many graduate students and scholars temporarily at Stanford University bring family members who lack opportunities to practice their English language skills. They are often left without the resources to meet residents of the local communities.

The Community Committee for International Students, a volunteer organization based at Stanford, sponsors an English-in-Action program to address that problem.

The committee needs adult volunteers to dedicate an hour a week conversing in English with International visitors in an informal setting.

The initial meeting will be held at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford campus. Subsequent meetings can be there or moved off-site depending on the participants.

For information or to volunteer, call 366-1925, 326-5252, or Ruth Bioletti, 941-6125.

'Public Access at Risk'

The local cable program, "AAUW Connections" is presenting "Public Access TV at Risk," an overview of the impending loss of the Access Los Altos television station at Foothill College.

Local volunteers have been producing programs at Foothill since 1985. Campus officials, however, want to use the current space for other needs and will close the station after Dec. 31.

"Public Access TV at Risk" will feature a group of panelists close to the issue, including: former Los Altos Mayor John Moss; Willie Pritchard, dean of learning technologies at Foothill and acting vice chancellor and chief technology officer for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Susanne Elwell, public access specialist for Access Los Altos; Vicki Reeder, a local producer; and Cecilia Keehan, moderator.

Programs are scheduled for 8 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Friday, on Channel 26.

Fashion show benefits non-profits

"Hearts and Flowers," a fashion show and luncheon presented by the Los Altos Federated Woman's Club, will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 3, at Michael's at Shoreline restaurant. Donations are $30, with proceeds going to Los Altos Teen Help Center, Morgan Center and Alzheimer's Association.

For tickets and information, call (408) 252-0265 or (408) 737-2788.

E-mail notification at Los Altos library

The Santa Clara County Library recently began sending notices, such as titles of holds and overdue notices, to patrons via e-mail. To sign up for e-mail notification, patrons should obtain a form at the Los Altos Library reference desk and turn it in at the circulation desk. At the Woodland Library, patrons should ask at the circulation desk. Patrons who sign up will no longer receive such notices through the post office.

Service agency needs volunteers

The Community Services Agency needs volunteers to work one to two hours a week to help provide food to local low-income families and to the homeless. Volunteer work would include the pickup and delivery of donated food from local markets to the agency's Food and Nutrition Center. Weekday morning positions are available.

For more information, call 964-4630.

Los Altos History Museum

Travel in time with the History House Museum to the days of the 1930s. Enjoy docent led tours though our fully furnished home, beautiful gardens, and part of the original apricot orchard still cultivated.

The museum is open to the public noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tour groups may be scheduled by calling at least one month in advance.

For more information, call 964-4467 to reserve a tour.

Daughters workshops

Daughters of the American Revolution hold workshops the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, including the time and place of workshops, call 494-1866.

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