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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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Skiing in North Lake Tahoe: Snowy days are here again


Photo By: Jeff Engerbretson/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Jeff Engerbretson/ Special To The Town Crier

Snow conditions are ideal after a series of storms blanketed the High Sierra last month.

With some Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard areas reporting up to 8 feet of new snow from a series of storms that plastered the High Sierra over the Christmas holiday, most resorts are now up and running at full speed. The massive dump of the fluffy white stuff produced the second snowiest Christmas on record, and the cheers from ski and boarding operators could be heard from Truckee to Los Altos.

Ski Tahoe North’s Interchangeable Lift Ticket is accepted nearly every day of the season at six alpine ski resorts: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Mount Rose, Diamond Peak, Homewood and Sugar Bowl. That’s a week’s worth of good fun in the snow right there. Here are some highlights.

• Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Combined they offer more than 6,000 acres of terrain, enough to bring tears of joy to everyone from beginners to blasters. Skiers and riders can access 43 lifts and 270 trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass. Outside Magazine named Squaw Valley the No. 1 Resort in North America.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have brought back the Tahoe Super 4 Pack, offering four unrestricted days of skiing and riding for the winter season. Tickets are $329 for adults, $169 for kids 12 and under, and $279 for young adults and seniors. The package is good for any day of the season, with no blackout dates.

Alpine also has opened a new terrain park – Firing Line – the longest in the Lake Tahoe area. Squaw Valley, host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, has added a new six-passenger, high-speed lift rising to the Shirley Lake ridgeline with easy access to the Shirley Lake, Solitude and Granite Chief chairs.

Alpine Meadows, with its high average annual snowfall of 450 inches, boasts one of Lake Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.

For more information, visit www.skialpine.com or www.squaw.com.

• Diamond Peak, the Incline Village favorite of families, has added a new children’s terrain area – Pete’s Playground – aimed at teaching youngsters about safety on the slopes. The resort also invested in 20 percent more snowmaking equipment to lengthen its season.

For more information, visit www.diamondpeak.com.

• Mount Rose expanded its teaching area. The resort offers special lift ticket rates for college students ($49 midweek) and military ($39). This is the nearest ski area to Reno.

For more information, visit www.mtrose.com.

• Northstar, long known as an outstanding intermediate ski and boarding area, now offers some advanced terrain for the adventurous.

Skiers and boarders have access to Sawtooth Ridge via snowcat. Guided backcountry will also tickle the fancy of those who want to get outside the resort boundary (off piste). On the other hand, children 3-6 can learn to snowboard at a park designed by Jake Burton.

For more information, visit www.northstarattahoe.com.

• For the luxury-minded, the mid-mountain Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe features ski-in, ski-out access, paired with exceptional lodging and cuisine for those ready to indulge in a sophisticated mountain retreat.

For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe.

• A longtime Bay Area favorite, Sugar Bowl, has agreed to assume management of the neighboring Royal Gorge cross-country area. The Donner Summit resort is old school, but it offers a high-tech, interactive website that enables guests to view various runs top to bottom before they take them down. Skiers and riders with helmet-mounted cameras provide a filmed preview.

For more information, visit www.sugarbowl.com.

For more information on North Lake Tahoe, visit gotahoenorth.com.

Los Altos resident Glen Putman is a freelance writer.

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