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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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Los Altos doubles team successfully defends CCS crown


Photo By: Bill Wong/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Bill Wong/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos tennis players Spencer Simonides, left, and Anthony Bello flank coach Bill Wong after they won the CCS doubles title.

Height is not only helpful in basketball, but also in tennis – as Los Altos High’s Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides proved last week.

The 6-foot-4 Bello and 6-5 Simonides used their superior size to repeat as Central Coast Section doubles champs.

“When the oppositions started to lob, they managed to hit overheads away with their height advantages,” Eagles coach Bill Wong said.

Bello and Simonides – who played No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, during the regular season and team playoffs – didn’t lose a set in the CCS individual tournament, held May 14 and 15 at Imperial Courts in Aptos.

In the final, the top-seeded seniors defeated Valley Christian’s Bryce McElvie and Bernardo de la Cabada 6-4, 6-2.

“They both served and volleyed well (May 15),” Wong said of his players, both headed for Pomona College in the fall.

Boys volleyball

That midseason sweep of Mitty didn’t do much for Mountain View in last week’s rematch with the Central Coast Section Division I title on the line.

The Monarchs brought out the broom May 14, stunning the top-seeded Spartans 28-26, 25-19, 26-24 at Independence High.

In comparing this match to the previous meeting, Mountain View coach M. Anthony Chen said, “the last time we came from behind twice to pull out the victory. This time, on a bigger stage, it was Mitty that executed.”

Logan Allen was the lone Spartan to reach double digits in kills, totaling 10; Ryan McLaughlin was next with eight.

Chen, who goes by MAC, said the match “came down to executing.” After failing to close out the tight first set, Mountain View struggled in the second until making a late run that proved too little, too late. The Spartans fell behind in the third set as well, but rallied to take a 24-20 lead. They then missed a serve that would have clinched the game, and second-seeded Mitty reeled off six straight points for the win.

“Yes, (it was) a tough, frustrating loss, but it does not diminish how proud I am of my boys and their efforts this season,” said MAC, whose team lost for only the second time this year.

But the season didn’t end there for Mountain View. The Spartans (28-2) qualified for the inaugural Northern California playoffs, scheduled to begin Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline).

Golf

After back-to-back second-place finishes, Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan is shooting for first in the final two postseason events of the year.

“One of my goals entering high school was to win each level – the CCS regional, the CCS championships, NorCal and state,” said the Menlo School senior, who tied for second at the section championships last week and at the regional the week before. “I’ve won the first two (last year), and now I hope to win the last two.”

The first of the remaining tournaments – the Northern California championships – was scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson.

While Buchanan, who has battled a back injury the past month, wouldn’t guarantee a win, he expected to at least qualify for the state championships. The top nine individuals and top three teams advance to the tourney, slated June 5 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“Normally, anything under par (is good enough to qualify), and I feel pretty confident I can do that,” he said. “But I want to go as low as possible to see if I can win it.”

Buchanan, who declared his back “fully healthy,” shot a 2-under-par 69 at the CCS championships May 14 at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel.

“I hit the ball pretty consistently, but I didn’t putt that great,” he said. “It was a good round, but I can definitely improve for NorCal.”

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