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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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Mother-daughter survivors join in fight against cancer by walking Relay For Life


Photo By: Sophie Ho/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Sophie Ho/Special To The Town Crier

Mother and daughter Jeanne MacVicar and Bryn Pennington of Los Altos will join in the fight against cancer by participating in the upcoming Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Relay For Life event.

There are many moving events at the annual Relay For Life of Los Altos, the community’s 24-hour fundraising walk for cancer research, but few are as touching as the Survivor Lap.

With music bumping in the background, cancer survivors take to the Egan Junior High School track to walk a victory lap cheered by friends and family. Their supporters, referred to as “caregivers,” later walk their own lap. These moments are a way to honor survivors and caregivers, a reminder to all participants that the fight against cancer is hardly fought alone.

In past years, Los Altos resident and Relay organizer Jeanne MacVicar walked the survivors lap, having defeated breast cancer 27 years ago. Her daughter, Bryn Pennington, walked as her caregiver.

But this year, mother and daughter will participate as cancer survivors in the relay, scheduled June 15 and 16.  Pennington was diagnosed in April with liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer that manifested in her leg.

“There is a saying that, ‘Our family had cancer, but I showed the symptoms,’” MacVicar said. “That was true for us 27 years ago, and now our family has cancer again. Except this time, Bryn has the symptoms.”

After receiving treatment, Pennington is now cancer free. She attributes her recovery and health to the support of friends, doctors and family.

“I hope anyone who gets cancer will feel the love and support that I’ve had from my family and parents,” Pennington said. “It’s changed my life for good.”

Relay For Life has been another pillar of support for Pennington and MacVicar. Having been heavily involved in organizing and participating in the event since the start, MacVicar attested to the power Relay has in showing survivors that they are not alone.

“Ultimately, everyone walks away from Relay feeling stronger and that they can go forward,” MacVicar said. “Cancer can be a very lonely disease. When you get a group together to talk about their experiences, that is very powerful.”

For Pennington, participating in Relay was initially a way to support her mother and remember those affected by cancer. This year, she’ll be able to benefit from the event in a different way.

“There is something qualitatively different being in a field with a thousand people who are all there because they love someone who is a cancer survivor or they want to remember someone who had cancer,” Pennington said. “That’s a very human experience. It’s a very beautiful experience to have.”

Relay For Life is scheduled 10 a.m. June 15 to 10 a.m. June 16 at Egan, 100 W. Portola Ave. To register or for more information, visit relayforlife.org.

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