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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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St. Francis students unite against bullying with green laces


Photo By: Courtesy of St. Francis High School
Photo Courtesy Of St. Francis High School

St. Francis High School senior Brianna Miller uses skits and discussions to encourage freshmen to join the Lace Up Stand Up campaign.

St. Francis High School students adorned their backpacks and wrists with neon green laces this year, embracing a novel way to unite against bullying.

Seniors spoke to freshman religion classes in May, introducing the message “Lace Up Stand Up.” Lace Up Stand Up is an organization aimed at empowering students to combat bullying. The group uses the green laces to promote awareness and to let others know that whoever is wearing them will stand up for bullied victims. Leaders teach students techniques they can use if they ever witness others being bullied.

“We want you to be that person who does the right thing,” said senior Brianna Miller to a class of freshmen.

St. Francis alumni Kyle Miller and Chris Barrett, who graduated in 2010, founded Lace Up Stand Up. Now students at the University of San Diego, Miller and Barrett wanted to teach bystanders what to say and how to say it when witnessing someone being bullied.

After spending several months fine-tuning the curriculum, Miller and Barrett introduced their program to several schools and groups in San Diego. The number keeps growing as they recruit ambassadors to lead workshops for youth organizations and schools, including St. Francis.

St. Francis Dean of Students Margaret Miller praised Lace Up Stand Up as a valuable program for students because it reinforces the school community’s values and trains older students to help younger ones deal stand up to peer pressure.

“We want our school to be an environment where all students can feel comfortable and thrive,” she said. “This program is special because not only was it started by two of our alums, it gives our students tools they can use to show leadership among their peers.”

Brianna Miller, Kyle’s younger sister and one of 20 Lace Up Stand Up high school ambassadors, said everyone can identify with bullying – as a victim, bully or witness. Brianna said she was teased when she was younger, so she is determined to teach others how to stand up for themselves.

Brianna and other ambassadors use skits and discussions to draw freshmen in and encourage them to join Lace Up Stand Up.

She said she’s optimistic that just as she and other seniors will take the Lace Up Stand Up message to their new college campuses next year, the presence of the neon green laces will continue to grow at St. Francis.

“We’re building leaders because we want the younger students to take over,” she said. “We want them to be able to use these skills all four years of high school.”

For more information, visit www.laceupstandup.com.

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