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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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Schola Cantorum performs free concert, Bach’s ‘Passion of the Christ’

Schola Cantorum and the Stanford Office for Religious Life have scheduled a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The St. Matthew Passion” 7 p.m. March 22 at Stanford Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus.

Schola Cantorum, the Mountain View-based choral ensemble, has waited nearly 50 years to bring Bach’s masterpiece to a Silicon Valley audience. Schola Cantorum Music Director Gregory Wait, head of vocal studies in Stanford’s Music Department, served as director of the Memorial Church Choir for many years.

According to Wait, “The St. Matthew Passion” tells the story of the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.

“‘The Matthew Passion’ is the last one Bach wrote, and for it he pulled out all the stops – double chorus, double orchestra, six soloists, including a Jesus and a Matthew (the evangelist). It even has a boys’ choir singing chorale hymn-tunes in a couple of the movements,” he said.

When Schola Cantorum set out to prepare for the concert, Wait first divided the ensemble’s 100 members into two choruses so that they could perform their many roles – they provide commentary at the open and close of each half, they interject during arias and they sing the utterances of priests, soldiers, disciples and crowds.

To sing the parts of the leading characters, Schola engaged guest soloists, including tenor Brian Thorsett in the role of Matthew and Kenneth Goodson, baritone and Stanford professor of mechanical engineering, as Jesus. Los Altos Hills resident Christine Abraham, hailed for her “radiant” voice by the Los Angeles Times, will sing the soprano lead. The Silicon Valley Boychoir will join the performance under the direction of Julia Simon.

Performers will sing the “The St. Matthew Passion” in German. Wait said the original language is “so tightly and beautifully fit” to the music that much would be lost to hear it translated to English. A printed Listener’s Guide will enable audience to follow the action of the story.

Wait summed up the personal significance of “The St. Matthew Passion”: “It has for me, and for many people I know, an effect that is almost impossible to express. It has everything – it has emotion, it has drama, it has conflict and reconciliation, but most of all it has enormous, powerful beauty.”

Funding for Schola Cantorum’s presentation of “The St. Matthew Passion” comes from The John Ernest Foundation, whose mission is to promote the advancement of community-changing initiatives to achieve a more positive environment. The foundation sponsored the performance to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

To order tickets, call the Stanford Ticket Office at 725-2787.

For more information on Schola Cantorum, email Mary Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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