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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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Pinewood stuns Eastside 48-36


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Pinewood guard Marissa Hing, driving to the basket in a early-round NorCal game, scored 17 points in Saturday’s final.

The Pinewood School girls basketball team may be known for its 3-point shooting, but the Panthers are proving they can win when those long-range shots aren’t falling.

Pinewood struggled to make 3s in the Northern California Division V semifinals and final last week, yet the Panthers won both games to advance to Friday’s state championship contest.

Pinewood beat Eastside Prep 48-36 in Saturday’s NorCal final at American Canyon High, despite making just five of its 23 3-point shots (21.7 percent). That follows a 37-30 win at Valley Christian-Dublin March 12 in which the third-seeded Panthers connected on only four of 27 shots from beyond the arc (14.8 percent).

“We’re finding a way to win,” coach Doc Scheppler said.

The Panthers (24-7) are clamping down on defense and scoring most of their points on drives and from the foul line. Pinewood sank 25 of its 29 free throws in Saturday’s win against top seed Eastside. That’s the most foul shots the Panthers have taken – and converted – all season.

“We got to the basket and made free throws at the end of the game,” Scheppler said. “Ten of them were in the last three minutes.”

Eastside (23-9) desperately fouled in the fourth to stop the clock but could not catch the Panthers. Pinewood never trailed, leading 21-13 at halftime and 34-16 entering the final quarter.

“We made the right plays early in the game to get comfortable in our surroundings,” Scheppler said. “We got off to a good start and into a flow, which we didn’t do in our past games against them.”

Pinewood entered the NorCal final 0-3 against Eastside this season (the teams both play in the West Bay Athletic League), losing each game by at least 13 points.

“This game we did things differently,” Scheppler said. “We tried a different defense and brought new sets and plays into the mix.”

Forward Leeana Bade paced the Panthers with 18 points – highlighted by a long 3-pointer in the second half that hit nothing but net as the shot clock expired – and guard Marissa Hing added 17.

Pinewood is slated to face Southern California champ Sierra Canyon in the state final 10 a.m. Friday at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena. Scheppler – who has led the Panthers to five state titles in six tries – considers the Trailblazers (26-9) a worthy adversary.

“They’re a really good team,” he said. “We’ve got our hands full.”

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