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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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Rosemary McAndrews: Early local business leader, mentor to women


Photo By: Courtesy of PaloAltoHistory.com and Palo Alto Historical Association Archives
Photo Courtesy Of Paloaltohistory.com And Palo Alto Historical Association Archives Rosemary McAndrews oversaw a major overhaul of Stanford Shopping Center beginning in the mid-1970s.

 

Rosemary McAndrews, a self-made woman who emerged as a leader in business in an age dominated by men, died May 17. The Mountain View resident was 92.

Without any formal education beyond high school, the Butte, Mont., native successfully climbed the corporate ladder from the position of secretary at Stanford University to director of Stanford Shopping Center.

Smart, strong-willed and determined, Mrs. McAndrews made a notable impact in her many endeavors. As a property manager, she was integral in updating the name of Stanford Industrial Park to the current Stanford Research Park. At Stanford Shopping Center, she oversaw a major expansion beginning in the mid-1970s with a layout that realized her vision of a European street market. She retired in 1993.

Architect John Field recalled his collaboration with Mrs. McAndrews on the center as “one of the most creative” of his career.

Commenting on the website Paloaltohistory.com, Field said: “At that time (1970s), the center was a major holding of the university’s portfolio, and we were violating every rule used by the big developers. We were even told that without enclosing the center, no major retailer would put a store there. That took courage and conviction on Rosemary’s part.”

Prominent Palo Alto resident Boyd Smith, speaking at her June 6 service, described Mrs. McAndrews as a woman of "pluck and vision." He said she persuaded the men of major department stores in San Francisco to locate branches in a new mall at Stanford.

Mrs. McAndrews served the community in a number of roles. She was president of the Stanford Faculty Club as a nonfaculty member, headed the Stanford Historical Society and was a member of the Mountain View Visual Arts Committee.

“She was a mentor for women,” said her daughter, Lisa. “She was always advocating for women taking on bigger positions and earning better salaries.”

In her free time, she was an avid hiker who enjoyed art history.

“I admired her for creating friendships throughout her life,” said Lisa, who noted friendships that lasted 60 years.

Too poor to attend college, Mrs. McAndrews placed tremendous value on education, her daughter said.

“She made sure I went to college and to grad school,” Lisa said.

Los Altos resident Cathie Perga became friends with Mrs. McAndrews about 10 years ago, when they played bridge together. "I can tell you she was a formidable opponent," Perga said. "She and her partner, Elayne Woulfe, were almost impossible to beat."

Perga added: "Rosemary's wit was well known. Her conversation was such that you wanted more. She could come up with a great quotation, often Shakespeare, that was perfect for the situation!"

Lisa said her mother was in “fantastic shape” until the last six months of her life.

Mrs. McAndrews is preceded in death by her husband, John McAndrews. She is survived by her daughter Lisa McAndrews and three grandchildren: Evan McAndrews Frogley, Laurel McAndrews Frogley and Colin McAndrews McGuirk. Services were held June 6 at Stanford Memorial Church.

Her ashes were scattered last weekend along Waddell Creek north of Santa Cruz.

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