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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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Community Briefs

Library sponsors Mengele discussion

The Los Altos Library has scheduled forensics expert and Evergreen College biology professor Mark Okuda to discuss “Twins from Brazil: Joseph Mengele, ‘Angel of Death’” 7 p.m. July 3 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Adolf Hitler hired Dr. Mengele for the sole purpose of studying the biology of twinning. Hitler’s hope was that through human experimentation on twins, Mengele would be able to create an Aryan race that would dominate the world.

When World War II ended, Mengele sought refuge in South America. Is it coincidence that a small town in Brazil has, to this day, an unusually high rate of twin births?

For more information on Okuda, visit bioscience48.blogspot.com.

For more information on library programs, visit www.sccl.org/losaltos.

LA Library encourages summer reading

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a summer reading program for all ages at its main and Woodland branches.

Those who sign up for the program will receive a bag full of giveaways and be entered in weekly drawings for prizes that include free books and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants.

Readers who complete at least five books by Aug. 31 will be eligible for the Los Altos Library’s grand prize, a Nook e-reader, and the districtwide grand prize, a Google Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini.

Participants must register online to be eligible for the drawings. To register online, visit www.sccl.org/adults2013.

For more information, stop by the reference desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, or the Woodland Branch, 1975 Grant Road.

EcoCenter hosts Baylands exhibition

Earl Junghan’s watercolor paintings of the Baylands are scheduled for exhibition through Aug. 28 at Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

A public reception for the artist is slated 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the EcoCenter.

A percentage of sales will support the work of the nonprofit Environmental Volunteers in educating adults and children about the flora, fauna and value of the Baylands in the local ecosystem.

For more information, call 493-8000 or visit evols.org.

History Museum offers ‘Place to Call Home’

The Los Altos History Museum’s current exhibition, “A Place to Call Home: Two Centuries of California Living,” runs through Oct. 6.

With images, text and artifacts intended to spark interest in local history as shown through the evolution of the typical single-family home in California, the exhibition includes an overview of changes in architectural styles, forms and functions, materials and use of space indoors and out.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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