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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Community Briefs

Irish music, storytelling spotlight Ellis Island

Los Altos residents Stephen S. Gill and Mollie Hudner Thompson are scheduled to perform in “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears: Irish Journey to Ellis Island” 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The musical presentation will travel back to 1892, when young Annie Moore, an Irish girl, becomes the first immigrant to land on Ellis Island.

Between 1892 and 1954, when Ellis Island closed, more than 5 million Irish immigrants entered the U.S.

Musicians Gill, Hudner Thompson and Karl Franzen will perform the stories and songs the newcomers told and sang.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Gill at 948-4648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hidden Villa hosts native plant sale

The California Native Plant Society has scheduled its semiannual Native Plant Sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

California native plants are naturally adapted to local soil and climate changes; thrive without amendments, fertilizers or pesticides; and offer habitat value.

A free one-hour class on success with native plants is slated at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 260-3450, visit www.cnps-scv.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Deer Hollow schedules Ohlone history festival

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled its annual Ohlone Day Living History Festival and fundraiser 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio County Park.

Activities include tours of a replica Native American Ohlone village, hands-on demonstrations of Ohlone daily life, a hoop and spear game, face-painting, acorn-grinding, shell-drilling and rope-making.

The festival is ideal for second- through sixth-graders who study Native American cultures as part of their curriculum as well as Boy and Girl Scouts working to earn merit badges.

The farm is a flat, 1-mile walk from the parking lot. Parking is limited, so guests are encouraged to carpool. Groups of 10 or more should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cost is $5 per person, free for children under 1. Proceeds benefit the farm, which is managed by the city of Mountain View.

For more information, visit www.fodhf.org.

Bunko event benefits CSA

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled a “Let’s Play Bunko” event 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A donation of $30 at the door includes lunch, door prizes and drawings.

Proceeds benefit the Community Services Agency.

For more information, call Cathy at 967-1253.

Yikes Tikes organizes Halloween carnival

Yikes Tikes preschool has planned a Children’s Halloween Carnival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at 1577 Carob Lane, Los Altos.

Festivities will include pumpkin carving, live music, art projects and an opportunity to tour the facility.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library district sponsors children’s art contest

Children in grades K-8 are invited to submit original art to the Santa Clara County Library District’s “We Are America” contest, in support of “Searching for Democracy,” a California Reads program in partnership with Cal Humanities.

Entrants may submit a painting, collage, drawing or photograph no larger than 8.5-by-11 inches.

A panel will judge two entries along with a short paragraph on the topic “What Makes America Great?”

The contest is divided into three categories: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Winners receive art supplies, and their artwork will be featured on the library’s website and in displays at the library.

To request an entry form or for more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3524.

Turn artwork and entry forms in at the Children’s Desk of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

LAH Town Hall displays figurative art

The town of Los Altos Hills has scheduled an exhibition of the figurative paintings of Nina Leone Bricker and the late Mitchell L. Bricker through March 1 at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Nina Leone Bricker is a popular local art and drawing instructor. Her work is primarily in pastel and watercolor.

Mitchell Bricker was owner of Bricker Associates, a graphic design firm in Los Gatos whose clients included Rolm, Atari and Sysco. His oversized oil paintings feature multiple figurative images in one frame.

For more information, call 941-7222.

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