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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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Sports on the Side

Schaefer swims at Santa Clara Grand Prix

Los Altos resident Maddy Schaefer posted top-25 finishes in the women’s 100- and 50-meter freestyle finals at the Arena International Grand Prix, which concluded June 2 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. The St. Francis High graduate placed 23rd in the 100 free (56.89 seconds) and 24th in the 50 free (26.34). Schaefer is entering her junior year at Stanford University, where she stars on the swim team.

SFHS alums hit links Friday in Santa Clara

The St. Francis/Holy Cross High School Alumni Association has scheduled its fifth annual golf tournament Friday at Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club. The shotgun start is slated 1 p.m. and the reception and dinner (featuring prizes, raffle and awards) 7 p.m. on campus. Entry fee is $150; proceeds benefit the school’s financial aid program. For more information, call alumni director Greg Calcagno at 968-1213, ext. 293, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local baseball club sets travel-team tryouts

Peninsula Baseball Club of Los Altos Hills has scheduled tryouts next month for its 2013-14 travel baseball teams. The season runs July through May. Tryouts for the 13-and-under and 14-and-under teams are slated June 30 at Purissima Little League Fields, 27500 Purissima Road, Los Altos Hills. For more information, email Melonie Quintell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AYSO Region 43 starts sign-ups for fall season

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The region serves boys and girls in grades K-12 who live in northern Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. AYSO follows six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. To register or for more information, visit ayso43.org.

TC seeks summer sports leads

Summer’s here, and that means the high school and college teams the Town Crier usually covers are on a break. The Town Crier sports department doesn’t go on a break, though, and is on the lookout for summer sports stories. If you or someone you know is participating in a sport this summer, please contact Pete Borello for a possible story. Call 948-9000, ext. 315, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Schools seek coaches

Mountain View High seeks assistant football coaches (experience preferred). Send resumes to head coach Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (408) 688-6165. Los Altos High needs a frosh-soph boys basketball coach. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to varsity coach Bob McFarlane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Circuit race needs sponsors

Sponsors are sought for the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” scheduled July 14 on the campus in Los Altos Hills. Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club host the bicycle race, which raises funds to construct a multiuse bike and pedestrian path encircling the 122-acre campus. Organizers seek a title sponsor ($5,000), individual race sponsors ($300-$1,300) and prize sponsors (product donations). In return, sponsors will have their names/logos printed on the back of race T-shirts and on banners around the course, and receive space for a product booth. If interested, call Brenda Davis-Visas at 949-7033 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tennis club welcomes members

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The longstanding club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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