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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?

T...

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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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Fine Art in the Park features 70 new artists


Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos Rotary Club
Photo Courtesy Of Los Altos Rotary Club

The clothing and jewelry art of Lindy Lopez of Los Altos will be available for purchase at this year’s Fine Art in the Park show.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 38th annual Fine Art in the Park show is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 in Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Local interior designer Lara Pai serves as artist coordinator for this year’s event. She has developed relationships with dozens of fine artists over the course of her design career.

Pai and her team of seven jurors screened an array of new artists for the show, selecting a record 70 new participants.

After contacting fine-arts organizations in San Francisco, Carmel and Los Angeles for recommendations, Pai instructed the artists to submit representative pieces for evaluation.

Pai created a new accolade this year – “Jury Featured Artists,” recognition for the 35 artists who received the jury’s top votes. The jury based its selections on uniqueness, scale, use of color and use of materials, especially in mixed media. Blue and gold balloons and stars will designate the award-winning artists’ booths.

Current and past mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will select and present the blue-ribbon Mayor’s Choice Awards to their favorite works of art and publicly honor the artists.

Three Los Altos artists are slated to exhibit their work at Fine Art in the Park:

• Terenia Offenbacher uses mixed media on wood panels with found objects to create portraits in Modigliani style.

• Stephanie McClean paints contemporary landscapes with a focus on California open spaces and parks.

• Lindy Lopez specializes in textiles.

The Rotary Club’s Young at Art competition will display winning entries from students at six local high schools at the gazebo in Lincoln Park. Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery at 296 State St., is scheduled to recognize winners and their families at a reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, during the monthly First Friday event. The Rotary Club will honor the winners at an awards ceremony May 23.

In addition to the selection of fine art for sale, Fine Art in the Park will feature entertainment and a food court.

Lincoln Park is located at University Avenue and Foothill Expressway.

For more information, visit www.rotaryartshow.com.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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