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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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Cheek to cheek: No Shoes, Please

I need a cellphone that suits me better, and by “suits me better” I mean something that cooperates with my face and head. On my current phone, my cheek hits two highly inconvenient points on the screen: the mute button and the speaker button. As a result, when I smile broadly or move my head a little, I hit one of those buttons, and suddenly voices are being broadcast all over the supermarket, or I hear that confused someone on the other end desperately querying, “Hello? Hello?” even as I’m in mid-sentence.

This isn’t the first time the size and shape of my head has given me trouble. Having one wider than average has forced river-rafting guides to scramble to hunt down a helmet that would fit me.

A triple-threat combination of high cheekbones, wide head and no bridge for my nose inspires my ophthalmologist at every exam to brag that his assistant, Bill, is a whiz at finding the right frame for every patient. “Even for people like you,” he says with a reassuring smile. And sure enough, Bill eventually finds a couple of good choices but stares at me long and hard before he summons the wherewithal to peruse the drawers and displays. A salesperson at LensCrafters – a self-proclaimed whiz herself with eyewear fittings – once said to me, “Well, your face is really hard to fit. But that makes it pretty easy to choose a frame – there won’t be many options for you to look at.”

I give credit to both Bill and LensCrafters for coming up with suitable styles, but I am mollified by the thought that among normal-headed persons, I must look like my dog did when he had to wear one of those plastic cones that prevented him from licking his sutures.

I’ve tried to comfort myself with the idea that a large head must mean I have more brain matter, but those so-called senior moments that occur with increasing regularity have proven me laughably wrong.

So basically I just have a big fat head – nothing more, nothing less. That means that when I walk into the Sprint store, I’ll have to describe the problem with my face and cellphone screens without a loftier explanation for why I have to be cautious in such a peculiar way.

Short of getting a lobotomy, there’s nothing I can really do about it, so I will just have to, as they say in Britain, keep calm and carry on – except, of course, when I’m on my cell and my cheek hits the wrong button, putting me in conference-call mode with a third party I never intended to dial.

However, a new iPhone or Galaxy may be my ticket out of mobile-phone misery, so I’m going shopping for a new phone soon. But right after that, I’m going to look for a hat to wear at a family wedding scheduled to occur on the beach in August. Good luck to me.

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