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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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A La Carte & Art festival returns to MV’s Castro Street this weekend


Photo By: Courtesy of Miramar Events
Photo Courtesy Of Miramar Events

Visitors to Mountain View’s Ala Carte & Art festival on Castro Street this weekend will find a wide selection of fine art.

Mountain View’s 17th annual A La Carte & Art event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street, between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. This year’s festival honors Cinco de Mayo.

West Coast artists and craftmakers will offer original works in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry and fine art.

“We have many emerging new artists this year joining longtime event favorites,” said Dana Hale-Mounier, coordinator of Pacific Fine Arts, organizer of the artisans. “Festivalgoers will find unique, original art and fine crafts with a variety of price points for personal purchases, gifts or additions to private collections. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists.”

Vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, wind chimes, and waterfalls will be among the items available for purchase.

A lineup of 10 bands will play two days of Latin, classic rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and party music on stages and the street. Performers include the Mariachi Trio Estrellas De Oro, The Garage Band, Zebop, The Retro Rockets, The Bell Brothers, The Road Dogs, Bob Culbertson, Oscar Reynolds, Ancient Winds and Emerson & The Growiser Band.

Vendors will dish up an array of food, including chicken tikka masala, veggie samosas, spiced lamb and chicken pita sandwiches, salads, falafel, tri-tip, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, teriyaki chicken plates, sweet-and-spicy Peking chicken wraps, deep-fried catfish nuggets, jambalaya, baked beans, Cajun-smoked andouille and Portuguese linguica sausages. Wines, microbrewed beers, margaritas, sangria and mimosas are also on the menu.

More than a dozen producers of artisan specialty foods will offer samples of and sell olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustard blends, preserves, marinades, honey products, pepper, spices, nuts and Kona coffee.

Growers from the Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market will be on hand with strawberries, cherries, apricots, asparagus, flavored almonds, pistachios, walnuts and honey.

The Kids’ Ton of Fun Zone will include rides, hula hooping, a 24-foot climbing wall, bungee jumping, inflatables and bounce houses, a remote-controlled NASCAR racetrack, feather hair extensions, face painting and temporary henna tattoos.

The A La Carte & Art classic-car show, sponsored by Hot San Jose Nights, will return this year with muscle cars. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 964-3395 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

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