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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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Challenge Team honors former Los Altos Mayor Lave, LAHS student as ‘Champions’


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Members of the Challenge Team of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills selected Roy Lave as Youth Champion of the Year and Los Altos High School student Ricky Juarez as Student Champion. The Challenge Team is scheduled to honor Lave and Juarez at its annual fundraising breakfast May 8.

The Challenge Team is a nonprofit partnership comprising students, parents, school districts, police departments, community organizations and health-care and faith-based groups that collaborate to bring positive influences into the lives of youth and guide them away from alcohol, tobacco, drugs and gang activity.

Lave, a longtime resident of Los Altos, has founded and/or fostered numerous programs for youth as the volunteer founding chairman and CEO of the Los Altos Community Foundation, including Youth Philanthropy, Family Philanthropy and MVLA Community Scholars. Past programs that operated under the umbrella of the foundation include Partners for New Generations, Los Altos Alliance for Youth and CHASE.

Lave previously served as Los Altos mayor and city councilmember. He currently sits on the board of directors of Bus Barn Stage Company and has served on the boards of the Moscow-Santa Clara County Sister County Program, Los Altos Sister Cities, the Rotary AIDS Project and the Rotary Club of Los Altos, where he also served as president.

Juarez, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, plays on the varsity soccer team. Sgt. Mike Ecdao of the Mountain View Police Department said he met Juarez through Dreams & Futures, the department’s gang prevention program for fourth- through seventh-graders.

Ecdao said he immediately recognized Juarez as a natural leader who has helped many at-risk youth in his neighborhood.

Galen Rosenberg, assistant principal at Los Altos High, said Juarez brings a positive attitude and energetic spirit to class. The teen works well with others and gives his best effort, Rosenberg added, whether engaging in a group project or sharing his ideas in a discussion.

Juarez has participated in Leaders in Training, a city of Mountain View Parks and Recreation program; serves on the city’s Youth Advisory Committee; and was a member of a subcommittee offering advice on the new teen center.

As a volunteer, Juarez has donated time to a coat drive for the homeless, Cops That Care, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club’s Christmas tree lot, the Rotary Club of Mountain View’s crab feed and Kidz ’n Cops.

The Champions for Youth breakfast is scheduled 7 a.m. May 8 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Scott Tolzien, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, will serve as keynote speaker.

Tickets are $55.

For tickets and more information, visit event.pingg.com/ChallengeTeamChamp.

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