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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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A touch of Gray : Former Cottage Green owner returns with European-inspired furnishings store


Gray opened her newest venture, Atelier Gray last week after a three-year hiatus from Los Altos.

A familiar face returned to downtown Los Altos last week.

Sylvia Gray, previously the proprietor of the Cottage Green on First Street (now the site of Bumble), opened the doors to her newest venture – Atelier Gray – Aug. 6 at 358 State St.

Similar to Cottage Green, owned by Gray for five years before closing more than three years ago, her new retail location offers an “edgier” blend of new and vintage European furnishings and decor, as well as handcrafted items from California artists. Gray described her shop as an “ongoing, changing workshop” and told the Town Crier that one of her goals is to stand out from the standard antiques store.

“Part of this business for me is (that) I really want to specialize in finding the unusual,” said Gray, who noted her penchant for repurposing vintage items, including a vintage French butcher’s rack that she fashioned into a bar in her showroom. “I want people to walk into the store and say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that.’ … I don’t want to be formal – I want to be livable and current.”

Gray added that with a mix of old and new, as well as the repurposed, describing her new business isn’t always easy. She noted that while she has always been fond of European antiques, she also sought to support local artists when she started hunting for a new retail location a year ago. She said Atelier Gray accomplishes both of those desires.

“I’m not quite sure what I am. … I guess I’m just a unique, creative person,” said Gray, who worked as a corporate consultant before undergoing a career change and purchasing Cottage Green eight years ago. “This is eclectic. I’ve always wanted to be that way.”

For Gray, returning to the confines of downtown Los Altos is also a homecoming of sorts. She noted that while she hopes her wares appeal to a broad audience in Los Altos, she’s also seen many former Cottage Green customers walk through her new doors in the short time Atelier Gray has been open.

All in all, she added, the early results on her return to Los Altos have been positive.

“I’m here and I have a great following – which helps,” said Gray, who noted that she will occasionally feature items on consignment and enjoys finding specialty items requested by customers. “I’ve made a lot of great friends here. It’s just great to see some of my old customers.”

For more information, call 917-9788.

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