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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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Pinewood musical production recognized


Photo By: Emmy Copriviza/Special to the Town Cier
Photo Emmy Copriviza/Special To The Town Cier

Pinewood School’s April production of “The Sound of Music” drew sold-out crowds and was nominated for eight Bay Area School Musical Theatre Awards.

Pinewood School recently received nominations in eight different categories in the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards for its production of “The Sound of Music.”

Nineteen private and public high school musical theater programs competed in the 2013 Stage Top Honor Awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, featuring productions of “Legally Blonde,” “Into the Woods,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Cabaret” and “We Will Rock You.”

Pinewood’s “The Sound of Music” marked the school’s first three-campus production, including children from the Lower and Middle campuses to fill the roles of the von Trapp children.

Over its two-weekend run, the production filled more than 900 seats, selling out the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College for every performance.

Talmage Wise, nominated for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Captain von Trapp, is competing to advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Jimmy Awards in New York City in June. If selected, he will vie for a $10,000 scholarship and a talent scholarship to New York University.

“I’m so honored to be nominated along with this group of gentlemen,” Wise said. “I’ve had the pleasure to perform with a few of them at the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Showcase this past January and they are truly talented. It’s just such a wonderful opportunity to even have the chance to go to New York City to compete in The Jimmy Awards. I’m truly blessed.”

Students nominated for the Bay Area Awards include Garrett Biggs in the Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Max Detweiler, Haley Longbottom in the Featured Actress category for her portrayal of Liesl von Trapp and Carson Robinette in the Featured Actor category for his portrayal of Rolf. Veronica Boyce was nominated in the Student Technical Achievement category for her work as student technical director under the supervision of Doug Eivers.

Art teacher Jared Leake was nominated for Graphic Design for creating the poster and program. Shenelle Williams, music teacher for seventh- through 12th-graders, was nominated in the Hair/Makeup and Musical Direction categories.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the Fourth Annual Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards Gala, scheduled 7 p.m. Monday at the California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. The evening will feature performances by the nominated high schools. Wise is scheduled to sing “Edelweiss.”

For tickets to the 2013 Top Honor Awards Gala, visit www.thestage.org.

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