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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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NANCY JOAN NAPOLI


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March 30, 1938 – January 21, 2013

After a lifetime of devotion to family, education and friends, Nancy Joan Napoli died peacefully on January 21, 2013 following a brief illness. She was 74 years old.

She was born Nancy Joan Blanchard on March 30, 1938 in Sacramento, California to Adrien and Alice Blanchard. A fourth-generation native Californian, she graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento and the University of California at Berkeley. At Cal, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and a proud Golden Bear during the Joe Kapp years. While there, she met and fell in love with her future husband, Robert “Bob” Napoli, an engineering student who was working as a “hasher” in the sorority house. In 1959 they married and moved to Marin County, where she taught second grade for four years at Santa Margarita Elementary School in San Rafael.

In 1966 Bob and Nancy moved with their one year-old daughter Alison to Sunkist Lane in Los Altos. Their son Steve was born in 1968, and over the next many years Nancy filled her life with mothering, friends (the Friday Park Group), and countless hours of school volunteering. Once the kids were older, Nancy channeled her seemingly limitless energy into starting two different small businesses and also worked as a bookkeeper in a doctor’s office. However, she soon realized her true passion was teaching, and in the late 1990’s she renewed her credential and landed a job as a fifth grade teacher at Slater Elementary School in Mt. View, where she taught for over ten years. She loved teaching 5th graders, was passionate about the 5th grade curriculum and reveled in introducing her students to new ideas and experiences.

In 2002 Nancy retired from teaching to devote time to her newest passion – her grandchildren. Olivia, James and Sophie were the lucky recipients of time, love and attention from Grammy. Never one to sit around, Nancy also enjoyed attending her thrice-weekly Jackie Sorenson aerobic dance class (of which she was a 25+ year member), getting together with her college sorority sisters and high school friends, reading with her book group, visiting her friend Judy Bell on Maui and attending the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland with Julie Grantz, Starbucks coffee mornings with Jolly, Helen and Sue, and tutoring with Reading Partners. She also loved gardening, especially growing and sharing her tomatoes and roses.

Nancy is survived by her brother, Bob Blanchard (and wife Barbara), her children, Alison Napoli Leupold (and husband Rob) and Steve Napoli (and wife Lisa) and three grandchildren: Olivia, James and Sophie Leupold. She also leaves behind countless family and friends who will miss her generous spirit, sparkling eyes, and easy smile.

A Celebration of Nancy’s Life will be held on Friday, March 22 at 11:30AM at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos. To honor Nancy’s passion and commitment to experiential learning and outdoor education, the family requests that contributions in Nancy’s honor be made to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, 11000 Pescadero Road, La Honda, CA 94020.

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