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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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Gunn students shoot for high-tech success

Titan Computer Services scores major account

You're never too young to be an entrepreneur. Just ask the employees at one of Silicon Valley's youngest companies, Titan Computer Services. Located in Sunnyvale, the firm is founded and staffed by a group of Gunn High School students.

The students, ranging from juniors to graduated seniors, formed the company after taking a two-semester computer repair and maintenance class offered at Gunn. The class met at 7 a.m. and was part of the Regional Occupational Program, which helps students acquire hands-on experience and marketable skills.

Jim Thrall, a resident of Mountain View who taught the course, said he wanted the class to lead to something useful for the students. He decided on preparing the students for A+ certification, which consists of a two-part test and is the industry standard in hardware and basic operating system certification.

Essentially, Thrall said, "the students took a computer, tore it down, looked at each of the parts and put it back together again ... and made sure it all worked in the end."

Dan Pojanamat, a senior at Gunn, said, "A few students in the class decided on forming the company about halfway through the school year." Under the loose guidance of Thrall, they wrote a business plan for Titan (named after the Gunn mascot), using Microsoft Business Manager. Once summer arrived, Thrall found a warehouse-type office space for them, and they set to work.

"Although the first few weeks were slow," said Kristian Klivo, another Gunn student, "it has picked up recently."

Earlier this month, Adalis Systems contracted with TCS to upgrade all the Mailboxes Etc. locations in the Bay Area. This is approximately 110 locations, stretching from Petaluma to Gilroy.

With only a few weeks to complete the job, the staff quickly organized. They meet at the office each morning, pick up location maps and checklists, then in teams of two, head off to do on-site upgrades. Thrall said the traveling has not been too inconvenient, since "most of them just got their (driver's) licenses and are eager to be on the road."

He added this has also brought about unique problems, such as the time when the driver fell ill, and the team was stranded, because the passenger couldn't drive.

Thrall, who is also a wrestling coach at Gunn and has his own company to contend with, Vorpal Networks, said he is "very pleased with the work of the staff and (they) are ready for even more challenging work."

Besides upgrading, TCS also provides computer repair, installation of software and operating systems and assists companies in moving and setting up local area networks. TCS markets itself as a provider of "high quality and low-cost services on site at your home or business ... at a very competitive rate."

For more information, call 280-1459 or visit their Web site at www.vorpalnet.com/tcs.

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