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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Oaks are off to 12-0 start

The significance of the day the Palo Alto Oaks opened their season isn’t lost on general manager Steve Espinoza.

The Los Altos High graduate noted that his semipro baseball team started play June 2 – which would have been the 100th birthday of Tony Makjavich, who managed the club for 49 years.

Espinoza was delighted with the result of the doubleheader at Palo Alto Baylands, where he said the Oaks “soundly beat the El Cerrito A’s.”

Palo Alto has won every game since, entering this week with a sparkling 12-0 record that leads the Western Baseball Association’s Stan Musial Division. The Oaks’ most recent wins came Sunday when they swept a doubleheader against their league nemesis – Fontanetti’s Athletics.

“We’ve been going at it for a long time,” Espinoza said of the rivalry.

The host Oaks flattened Fontanetti’s 10-1 in the first game, notching seven extra-base hits. Trevor Demerritt, Bryan Beres and Sheldon Daquioag each drilled two doubles, with the latter collecting four hits in the game.

Dominic Hernandez threw the first six innings to earn the win. Brand Norlander pitched the final three frames, striking out five.

The second game was closer, with the Oaks up just 1-0 after six innings. But their bats heated up as the temperature did and the team prevailed 5-0. Daquioag belted a two-run double, his second extra-base hit of the game.

Three Palo Alto pitchers combined for the shutout; Ricky Navarro, CJ Hillyer and Jacob Naval tossed three innings each.

Manager Greg Matson has a new middle infield this year featuring Demerritt at shortstop and Pedro Tostado and Travis Conroy platooning at second base.

The Oaks also have two players splitting time in center field – St. Francis High graduate Brian Fleischli and Maxx Sheehan. Both play at West Valley College.

Espinoza said other integral newcomers include Gilbert Guerra (closer/outfielder), Daquioag (outfielder/catcher), Naval (pitcher) and Gary Foster (catcher).

The veteran pitching staff “has been tough to hit,” said Espinoza, who praised Navarro, Hernandez, Norlander and Hillyer.

The Mountain View resident added that several vets have come up big at the plate, including Beres, Danny Ordonez, Julio Cortez and Allen Stiles.

The Oaks are scheduled to host a doubleheader 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Palo Alto Baylands.

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