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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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William E. Shine: Los Altos volunteer extraordinaire


Longtime Los Altos resident William E. Shine, an avid community volunteer who organized the city’s 1976 Bicentennial parade and celebration, died June 30. Mr. Shine was 92.

A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Shrine graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Deployed to the European Theater in 1944, Sgt. Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.

He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France, and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in 1945, Mr. Shine was a disabled veteran for the remainder of his life.

He earned a degree from the University of Notre Dame following the war, not long before marrying Joan Baltz in 1950. A brief visit to California before the war impressed Mr. Shine enough for him to convince his wife that they should move West with their first child.

They settled in Los Altos in 1952, the year of the city’s incorporation. The Shines raised five children, all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

Mr. Shine’s numerous volunteer efforts – from organizing the Bicentennial parade to leading a fundraising drive for the library’s fountain and redwood deck – earned him the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award in 1981.

A lover of music and sports, Mr. Shine was actively involved in Little League and in 1979 helped establish the Music in the Air concerts, presented by the music departments at Foothill College and Los Altos and Awalt high schools.

A singer in church choirs during high school and college, Mr. Shine was a member of the St. William Parish choir and belonged to a barbershop quartet.

Mr. Shine is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine of Mountain View; daughters Joan Jones of Santa Clara and Theresa Swilley of Oakdale; sons William Shine Jr. of Mountain View and Damian Shine of Alpharetta, Ga.; brother Robert of Corvallis; sister Mary of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren.

Services have been held.

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