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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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Los Altos Rotary, Kiwanis clubs name 2013 scholarship winners


Photo By: Left Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo by Jerry Tomanek
Photo Left Photo By Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo By Jerry Tomanek

Students, left, receiving Kiwanis Club of Los Altos scholarships include, from left, Matthew Marent, Hanlei Liang, Erika Lama, Jose Lopez and Joshua Tree Poblete.

The Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Los Altos recently awarded 2013 scholarships to students attending local middle and high schools.

The Los Altos Rotary Academic Scholarships presented to graduating high school students included a certificate and financial assistance ranging from $800 to $2,500 based on need.

Rotary scholarship recipients are: Mike Aguilar, Marissa Mason and Jasmine Sanchez, Alta Vista High School; Dan Meidinger, Mountain View Academy; and Sydney Magana, Timothy Young, Viet Nguyen and Kristen Redaniel, Mountain View High School.

Kimberly Kaiser of St. Francis High School received the first Billy Russell Scholarship, named in honor of the former president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos who died in 2008. Sung-Yee Guo of Los Altos High School received the Charles Cowan Scholarship for Science and Technology.

Outstanding students in the Los Altos School District intermediate schools received a certificate of accomplishment and $50. The Rotary Club recognized Katia Gibson and Zack Kaplan from Egan Junior High School and Douglas Curtis and Julie Daseking from Blach Intermediate School.

Rotary scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a financial need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos awarded $3,100 scholarships to five local high school students. The club annually recognizes students who overcome obstacles to succeed in high school and often are the first in their families to attend college. The scholarships are for seniors who plan to attend Foothill or De Anza college.

Kiwanis scholarship recipients from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District are: Matthew Marent, Alta Vista High School; Joshua Tree Poblete and Jose Lopez, Los Altos High School; Erika Lama, Mountain View High School; and Hanlei Liang (Adult Education program).

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