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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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Former resident Sharon Stouder Clark set the bar for female Olympians


Courtesy of the Clark family
Sharon Stouder Clark won three gold medals and a silver at the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo.

Former Los Altos resident and Olympian Sharon Stouder Clark died June 23 at 64. She competed in the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, where she won a silver and three gold medals.

Mrs. Stouder Clark won the 100-meter butterfly and swam one of the legs in both women’s winning relay teams. She earned a silver medal in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing narrowly behind the winner.

Mrs. Stouder Clark, who graduated from Stanford University in 1970, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972 and entered the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

After graduating from Stanford, she attended UC Santa Barbara’s education program and earned her teaching credential. She taught and coached swimming while studying there.

After completing her studies, Mrs. Stouder Clark traveled around the world, briefly living in New Zealand. Eventually, she returned to the Bay Area and settled in Los Altos, where she married Ken Clark and had daughter Kerry and son James.

She owned and operated Dash Leathers and Apparel, a women’s store, from 1979 to 2004. In 2004, she retired and moved to the Central California coast near Pismo Beach.

Mrs. Stouder Clark had the honor of lighting the torch to kick off the soccer portion of the 1984 Olympics at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. San Francisco Chronicle sports writer Art Rosenbaum wrote an article about the Opening Ceremony that was accompanied by a picture of Mrs. Stouder Clark lighting the torch.

She was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 along with Bill Walsh and John McEnroe.

Mrs. Stouder Clark participated in numerous events in support of the Stanford athletics department over the years. She was an active member and donor to the Stanford Cardinal Club until it merged with the Stanford Buck Club and she transferred her allegiance to it.

Mrs. Stouder Clark was featured in a Sept. 26, 2012, Town Crier article, which described her experience as a very young Olympian.

She is survived by her daughter Kerry Clark, son James Clark and sister Barbara Lockhart.

Memorial services were held Sunday at Shoup Park.

The family suggests honoring Mrs. Stouder Clark by making donations to the Buck/Cardinal Club Stanford Athletics Department, 641 E. Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-6150. Mark contributions “In Memory of Sharon Stouder Clark.”

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