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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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Los Altos High emphasizes value of math and science


Photo By: Charles So/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Charles So/Special To The Town Crier

Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University, addresses Los Altos High students on “Multitasking How Does It Change the Way You Think?” during Science & Tech Week.

Los Altos High School hosted its seventh annual Science & Tech Week on campus last week, exposing students to leading scientists and high-tech executives from all reaches of Silicon Valley.

A series of diverse guest speakers discussed the value of science and math education during the week, including Odette Harris, M.D., associate professor and director of brain injury in the neurosurgery department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Konstantin Guericke, co-founder of LinkedIn; Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero; Seth Shostak, astronomer at the SETI Institute; Clifford Nass, professor of communications at Stanford University; and Anne Toth, head of privacy at Google.

Students learned about a broad range of topics, from how doctors treat head injuries to the behind-the-scene efforts devoted to making popular video games.

“Science & Tech Week always has a good selection of presenters,” said Adam Evard, a senior at Los Altos High.

Evard said his favorite presentation at Science & Tech Week over the years involved electric vehicles, because he is interested in innovative technology.

Los Altos High has sponsored Science & Tech Week for the past for six years. Local community members founded the venture to highlight the value of science and math.

According to organizers, Science & Tech Week aims to:

• Demonstrate the value of a science and math education, thereby encouraging more Los Altos High students to take science and math classes during their high school years.

• Raise student awareness of the variety of science- and math-related educational and career opportunities in the Bay Area, including those involving other academic disciplines such as music, economics, law and the arts.

• Showcase the diverse backgrounds (and obstacles many have overcome) of today’s successful scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists.

• Inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and show that thinking creatively can be achieved by anyone.

Students, staff and speakers participate in the event in an effort to curb the decline of science and math in U.S. curricula.

“The event has tremendous value to the community,” said Adam Randall, physics teacher at Los Altos High.

Randall, who has taught at the school for 15 years, said he believes that Los Altos High is one of the best high schools in the state, and that such community involvement is among the reasons.

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/lahs.

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