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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

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
High-tech vice president by day, screenwriter by night, Mountain View resident Robert Frostholm pursues his passion for storytelling.

Robert Frostholm has always been a storyteller.

Until a couple of years ago, however, hi...

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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

Oshman JCC hosts panel on Judaism and Science

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 39...

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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

Library Endowment sponsors essay contest

The Los Altos Library Endowment is sponsoring an essay contest centering on The Virginia Whipple Collection at the Los Altos Library.

The collection, which honors the library’s most generous donor, comprises a complete set of The Great Courses offered by The Teaching Company. Library cardholders are invited to submit short essays on how one or more items in the collection made a significant impact on them.

Essays should be no longer than 500 words.

Two prizes – $200 for first place, $100 for second – will be awarded by April 24.

The deadline is 6 p.m. April 12.

The contest is open to participants of all ages, however those under 18 require permission from an adult to participate. Entrants must pick up a copy of the contest rules and entry instructions at the Adult Reference Desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Submit entries via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop them off at the library’s Adult Reference Desk.

For more information, visit www.sccl.org/locations/hours-and-locations/los-altos/news.

Horsemen’s Association offers essay contest

The Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring a student art and essay contest with the theme “Why I Love Horses in the Hills.”

The contest is open to children in Los Altos Hills. Judges will award prizes in three age categories: 8 and under, 9-12 and 13-17. Prizes will include a pony ride and other gifts for children 8 and under, and $50 gift certificates for the older age groups. Winners will be recognized at a Los Altos Hills City Council meeting in May.

“Our goals are basic: to promote interest in horses and to recognize how horses make our community unique,” said association member Jolon Wagner.

Essays should be no more than 400 words, with a concentration on theme development, creativity, writing style, fluency, voice and uniqueness. Any type of art is encouraged, from abstract to traditional. Various media may be used, but work is required to adhere to the theme, feature at least one horse and be created by the student alone. Participants must include name, address and contact information.

The deadline for submissions is April 19. Winners will be announced sometime in May.

Mail or deliver essays or artwork in care of the Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association, Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, visit www.lahha.org.

French Fair benefits nonprofit Partners

The eighth annual Peninsula French Fair, “A Day in France,” is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Visitors will have an opportunity to browse booths featuring vendors and artists offering a wide range of services and unique products. Highlights of the fair include a fashion show with the latest creations from French designers, French music and crepes and pastries from French bakeries.

Proceeds from the event benefit fair co-organizer Partners for New Generations, a local nonprofit agency that provides mentors and tutors to aid students with challenges in local schools. For more information, visit www.pngmvla.org.

For more information on the fair, www.frenchfair.org or www.facebook.com/frenchfair.

features Marmol

Architect Leo Marmol is scheduled to discuss his firm’s design work and approach to restoration of homes designed by notable 20th-century architects 6 p.m. Thursday in Hillview Community Center’s Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. A catered reception follows at Los Altos Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.

Marmol, managing principal of the Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner, is the sixth speaker in the 2012-2013 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture + Design Speaker Series. The firm’s restoration projects include early modernist homes like Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Rudolf Schindler’s Eliot House and John Lautner’s Garcia House.

The Los Altos Neutra House sponsors the speaker series, designed to provide an opportunity to explore trends and traditions in architecture and design in a casual setting.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 students. The reception is $20 per person, subject to space availability.

For tickets and more information, visit www.neutrahouse.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Panel discusses refugee crisis

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled a panel on “International Humanitarian Law and the Growing Crisis of Refugees and Displaced People” March 20 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30.

Participants include Katie Zoglin, international human rights lawyer; John Regas of the National Intelligence Council; and Hans Van de Weerd, executive director of the International Rescue Committee. The presentation will touch on international humanitarian law, technical tracking and the growing crisis of refugees from regional conflicts.

For more information, visit www.worldaffairs.org/community/chapters/peninsula.html.

Pops Orchestra performs Sunday at Foothill

The California Pops Orchestra has scheduled a concert, “Big Band Hits from the 30s, 40s & Beyond,” 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The performance will feature hits by Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington as well as an appearance by the Black Tie Jazz Band and singer Pierce Brandt.

Tickets are $37-$42, $15 for youth under 18. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For tickets and more information, visit www.californiapopsorchestra.com/index.html.

‘Los Altos Live!’ auditions slated

“Los Altos Live!,” the fifth annual talent show featuring local performers, is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Auditions are scheduled noon to 4 p.m. April 6 and 7 in Room 803 at Los Altos High.

Proceeds from the Los Altos Cultural Association-sponsored event benefit the Camp Everytown program.

For more information, call Mike Abrams at 954-5999 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Encore! event encourages involvement

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Partners for Elder Generations has scheduled its annual “Encore! Investigate Your Passion and Get Involved” event 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Encore! is an interactive event for adults 50 and older featuring more than 25 nonprofit exhibits, lunch and a panel discussion on encore career opportunities.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, visit www.rotarypeg.org.

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