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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


Rendering courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. Red lines indicate vehicle access points, and yellow lines represent pedestri...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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Comment

What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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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

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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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

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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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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LASD welcomes new administrators

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to approve the appointments of two new principals, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and another district office position Tuesday.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Alyssa Gallagher will transition into a new district position that focuses on strategic innovation projects and community partnerships. A private donation to the district will fund the part-time post.

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis will replace Gallagher as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. After returning from a leave of absence, Davis served as principal at Almond for two years. Previously, she was principal at Covington School for three years.

Erika Benadom will succeed Davis as principal at Almond next year. Benadom is currently principal at Paradise Valley Elementary School in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Prior to her stint as principal, Benadom served as a vice principal at School City, a student performance database company, and as director of technology for the Lennox School District.

“(Benadom) is a dynamic presence,” said Superintendent Jeff Baier. “She has solid experience in leading a very involved community. She is fluent in Spanish, which will serve her well at Almond School.”

Baier added that Benadom said she is very excited to come to Los Altos.

“We are thrilled to have her as part of our team,” he said. “She will add great value at Almond and will bring leadership to the district administrative team as well.”

The Gardner Bullis School community experienced its share of leadership changes this year.

After Principal Erica Gilbert departed at the beginning of the school year, the district hired Courtney Cadwell to take the helm. Mid-year, Cadwell took a leave of absence and retired former district Principal Linda Eckhols stepped in, serving through the end of April. Gardner Bullis kindergarten teacher Kate Goines is currently serving as interim principal through the end of the school year.

In the fall, Katie Kinnaman is slated to take over as principal of Gardner Bullis. Formerly a math and science lead teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District, Kinnaman’s career in education began in 2005 and includes positions such as summer school administrator, second-grade teacher and math and science teacher at the junior-high level.

“(Kinnaman) has been watching the innovative education we have been delivering in the district and was excited to join the team,” Baier said. “She has a strong background in math and science, which will be great for our community. She has a fantastic knowledge of effective instruction and will be very valuable to the Gardner Bullis community.”

The principal-selection process included input at each school from panels of parents, teachers and administrators who interviewed the candidates.

The incoming principals are scheduled to meet with their new school communities before the end of the school year. Kinnaman is slated to visit Gardner Bullis May 31 and Benadom will visit Almond June 7.

“These are two terrific women who I think will thrive in the environment we have here,” Baier said. “During the interview process, they both spoke passionately about students and learning – which is what we are all about.”

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