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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

Dodge-Ballerz tourney kicks off Saturday

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled Dodge-Ballerz: The Tournament 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St. The tournament is open to high school students.

Teams may enter five to six players. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Pre-register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include contact information, team name and names, schools and grades of team members.

For more information, call 903-6410 or visit www.ci.mtnview.ca.us and click “Library, Arts, Parks & Rec,” then “Teen Services.”

Medicare updates reviewed at Senior Center

The Los Altos Senior Center has scheduled Connie Corrales, HICAP program director at the Council on Aging, to discuss “2013 Medicare Updates and Changes” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 12 at the Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

Attendees may bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.

For reservations or more information, call 947-2797. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Holiday celebrations begin at History Museum

“Catch the Spirit II” is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. today at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The adjacent J. Gilbert Smith History House is decorated for the holiday season and docents will lead tours and relate the home’s history.

Docents will serve a birthday cake commemorating the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Los Altos.

The History Museum’s exhibition “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” is open to the public. Admission to the event and museum is free.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Library sponsors game event

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a game event for children, parents and grandparents 4-5:30 p.m. Friday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Featured games include the Angelina Ballerina Dancing Game, Fancy Nancy Dress Up, Jenga, Pop the Pig, Pig Pile, Pirateer, Checkers, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Space Walk and Killer Bunnies.

For more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3524, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.sccl.org.

MV library hosts eReader fair

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled the eBook and eReader Technology Fair 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Community Room, 585 Franklin St.

Representatives from Best Buy and Barnes & Noble will be on hand to demonstrate products and answer questions about eReaders. The event will showcase a variety of popular eReaders, and staff will demonstrate how to download free library eBooks and audiobooks to eReaders, mobile devices and computer.

For more information, visit 903-6896.

Festival of Lights parade scheduled Nov. 25

The all-volunteer Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Association has scheduled the 35th annual parade 6 p.m. Nov. 25 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

The parade has a rain date of 6 p.m. Dec. 2, the following Sunday, should the Nov. 25 date be rained out. If a rain delay occurs, it will not be called until 3 p.m. parade day and will be announced first on the Festival of Lights Parade website.

For more information, visit www.losaltosparade.org.

Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” on display through March 24.

According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s, seen only on the state flag.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or all 948-9427.

Next Celebrity Forum welcomes Bill Clinton

The 2012-2013 Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series runs through May at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

The annual series, moderated by founder Dick Henning, presents speakers from various fields who appear for three consecutive nights.Upcoming speakers are:

• Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dec. 5-7

• Political satirist Mark Russell, Jan. 16-18

• Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Feb. 6-8

• Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, March 27-29

• Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry, May 1-3

For tickets and more information, call 949-7176 or visit celebrityforum.net.

Volunteer awards scheduled Dec. 7

The 30th Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Dec. 7 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The awards recognize volunteers whose service has impacted Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.

Tickets, $30 per person, are available online and at the door.

For tickets, visit www.jointvolunteerawards.com.

For more information, call 941-7222 or 941-1697.

Cops and Gobblers event set for Sunday

The 16th annual Cops and Gobblers project is scheduled 8 a.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Police and Fire Department headquarters, 1000 Villa St.

Volunteers at the event, sponsored by the Mountain View Police Officers Association, prepare and deliver food baskets to needy families throughout the city. The Mountain View Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and the Challenge Team partner with police to collect and assemble donations.

Organizers plan to feed more than 300 families this year.

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

Build-a-Box program recruits volunteers

The Build-a-Box project needs volunteers as organizers prepare their annual Thanksgiving deliveries to hundreds of needy families Monday.

Helpers deliver boxes with a turkey and all the trimmings to those who otherwise would not have had a dinner.

The boxes containing the meals are no longer donated, so project supporters are asking individuals or companies to underwrite the expense.

In 1987, the late Art Scott, a local realtor, founded the Thanksgiving Build-a-Box project. For more than 20 years, the volunteer program has provided Thanksgiving dinners to the needy. In memory of Scott, who died in 2003, his family and friends continue the tradition each year.

For more information, to volunteer or to contribute, contact Valerie Smith at 941-1111.

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