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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

LA Forward schedules ‘Conversation’ today

Los Altos Forward, a nonprofit organization that promotes downtown vibrancy, invites local residents to a “Community Conversation” 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at 242 State St.

Participants will review “Community Visioning and Planning Processes: Lesson from San Bruno,” a document that details how San Bruno successfully engaged its community in a downtown visioning and planning process that resulted in sustainable economic growth.

Aaron Aknin, Palo Alto assistant director of planning and community environment and former San Bruno community development director, will discuss the process.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.losaltosforward.org.

LWV sponsors meeting with elected officials

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area has scheduled “Meet Your Elected Officials” 1-3 p.m. March 3 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The informal reception allows residents to talk directly with local officeholders serving in the state Assembly and Senate and on city councils and school boards.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments and suggestions.

Elected officials have been invited from the state Assembly and Senate; the Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View city councils; the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 5; the El Camino Hospital District; the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; and school and water districts serving the three communities.

For reservations, visit myelectedofficials.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit www.lwvlamv.org.

CSMA gala honors LAH residents

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual gala 5 p.m. March 16 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

The gala, which will feature a “Mardi Gras” theme, will honor Los Altos Hills residents Robert and Sue Larson, CSMA supporters since 1993. Sue served on the CSMA board of directors for 12 years, including a stint as chairwoman, as well as in a variety of other volunteer positions.

Tickets are $275.

For tickets and more information, visit www.arts4all.org/gala/index.htm.

East West Bookstore hosts author Temes

Ivan Temes, author of “Care: Bringing Joy to Your Life and Work,” is scheduled to discuss his book 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

A career coach and customer service director to thousands of organizations, Temes will share the common-sense tools and wisdom he acquired through his work building service teams worldwide for companies like Apple Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested.

To reserve a space and for more information, call 988-9800 or visit www.eastwest.com.

Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display

The Los Altos History Museum features “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” 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.

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 call 948-9427.

Bookmobile visits LAH

The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile stops in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518.

Environmental Commission

solicits residents’ input

The Los Altos Environmental Commission is developing a Climate Action Plan and requests that residents participate in two surveys designed to analyze energy consumption and travel patterns.

The Residential Energy and Water Use Survey will assist the city in evaluating policies relating to energy and water conservation. The Resident Travel Patterns Survey will gather information on how residents travel.

To participate in the surveys, visit www.losaltosenvironment.org. Complete and return them by Tuesday.

For more information, visit the website or contact Senior Planner Zach Dahl at 947-2633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SAy Hi helps local seniors

The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.

Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice) to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.

SAy Hi members meet 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, in Los Altos.

Senior Commission

compiles resource binder

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission has compiled a Resource Information Binder for seniors, their children and their caregivers.

Binders have six categories: Transportation, Education, Food and Meal Programs, Health Services, Housing and Social Participation.

Binders are available at the Los Altos Senior Center Travel Desk, 97 Hillview Ave.; Los Altos City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road; the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, 321 University Ave.; the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch library, 1975 Grant Road; and Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Avenidas, LAH

team up for classes

Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.

Offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing), a Current Events Discussion Group and a Bridge Club.

Discounts are available for senior courses.

To register or for more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 941-7222 or visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.

El Camino RoadRunners

seeks volunteers

The volunteer RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, seeks volunteers to provide door-to-door service for people who can’t drive or don’t have other ways to get to their medical appointments.

The volunteering schedule is flexible: drive one day a week, a half-day a week or remain on call. Requirements include a California driver’s license, patience and dependability.

Volunteers drive hospital vehicles, and service requires no lifting or physical demands.

Orientation and training are provided, and volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the education department.

To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 988-8213.

For more information, call Bonnie Adamson, RoadRunner coordinator, at 988-7651.

Westwind 4-H group

welcomes volunteers

The Westwind 4-H /Riding Institute seeks volunteers to help groom and lead horses, as well as walk beside riders during lessons.

For more than 30 years, Westwind 4-H has offered weekly riding lessons 4-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday afternoons to children with physical handicaps.

No experience is necessary. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4H.org.

PNG needs volunteers

to mentor local youth

Partners for New Generations, an outreach program that trains mentors, tutors and advocates to support local youth, is recruiting volunteers.

PNG provides tutors for local elementary, middle and high schools students; mentors at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista High Schools; and child advocates for wards of the Santa Clara County Child Dependency Court.

Volunteers are matched to the appropriate school or agency based on their interests, skills and schedules. The time commitment is flexible – some volunteers work one hour per week, others one hour per month or on a project-by-project basis.

The Rotary Clubs of Los Altos and Mountain View, the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos Town Crier and Mountain View Voice holiday funds support PNG’s efforts.

For more information, email Linda Waud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 691-2434 or visit www.partnersfornewgenerations.org.

Los Altos Legacies assists

seniors and their causes

Community members of all ages who are interested in seniors and their issues are encouraged to join Los Altos Legacies, a group of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults.

The group’s primary goal is to support and manage legacy funds (bequests) and donations that enhance the services of the Los Altos Senior Center and related senior programs. Legacies also provides ongoing influence, advocacy and active guidance to senior-based initiatives.

Board of directors’ meetings are scheduled 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Room 12 of Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

For more information, call 949-5908, ext. 8#.

Assisteens invites

new members to join

Assisteens, an organization comprising approximately 25 young women who attend local junior high and high schools, is open to new members.

The all-volunteer group raises money for projects that assist individuals and families in Santa Clara County through community service projects.

Regular meetings are scheduled 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month September through May at the Chapter House at the Costume Bank, 169 State St., Los Altos.

Assisteens service projects include the Jewelry Extravaganza event, assembling “We Care” toiletry bags for

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