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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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A day of riveting races


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Delaney Rasmussen, 7, raises the red flag at the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race. Delaney’s mom is a member of the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, which helps organize the event.

While it’s still uncertain exactly how many people took part in the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race – the event organizer’s estimate varied considerably from the race director’s – all agreed that the July 14 fundraiser was a success.

“The weather was perfect for an afternoon of racing,” said organizer Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill’s director of facilities and special projects. “No major injuries and a good turnout, about 300 racers.”

Race director Chris Twiggs – who put the number of participants at 374 – said, “The races were very competitive. Every event from the juniors (boys/girls 10/12) all the way up to our women’s and men’s top races had their own story.”

Of the 12 events held on the 1.09-mile loop course around the Los Altos Hills campus, the Men’s Elite Pro Category 1/2 race “had one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen in a long time,” according to Twiggs. Robert Evans of Scotts Valley overtook San Francisco’s James Enright just before the finish line.

Enright “was doing an early victory celebration,” Twiggs said, when Evans passed him “at the last minute to take first place. It was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time.”

Los Altos resident Matthew Abdalah finished 10th in the race, one of the most competitive of the day. Other local residents who placed among the top 10 in a race: Sara Bird of Los Altos (third, Women’s Category 1/2); Dan Tedford of Mountain View (fourth, Men’s Category 1/2/3, Masters 35-39); Yvonne Walbroehl of Mountain View (ninth, Women’s Category 3); and Thomas Dillon of Los Altos Hills (10th, Men’s Category 3).

Dubbed “The Learning Curve,” the circuit race is a joint effort (Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club) to raise money to construct a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus.

At press time, Davis-Visas was not sure how much money this year’s event raised. But without a major sponsor and having raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, it’s a safe bet Foothill remains a long way from the $700,000 needed to construct the first leg of the path.

“(We’re) hoping to increase spectator participation and community involvement in the future,” Davis-Visas said.


Foothill College Circuit Race - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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