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News

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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Residents say goodbye to beloved UPS driver


Laura Tang/Special to the Town Crier
UPS driver Mary Hauck is retiring after serving local customers for 29 years.

UPS driver Mary Hauck is packing it in as she retires from a 29-year career serving the Los Altos area.

Originally a Christmas driver for UPS, the company hired Hauck on a permanent basis and she has worked 50 hours a week ever since, delivering packages to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Hauck’s daily route spans 55 miles, totaling just under 500,000 miles driven for UPS over the duration of her career. She makes 175 delivery stops per day with approximately 260 packages, but during Christmas, UPS’ peak season, she makes 330 stops with 450 packages daily. Last year, Hauck’s 18-year-old daughter, Rebecca, served as her Christmas helper.

Over the past three decades, Hauck witnessed a number of changes to Los Altos as the city expanded and developed new infrastructure and residential lots to accommodate the burgeoning population.

“For example, what is now Estate Drive used to be simply 1530 Grant, and 1710 Grant, a single property, has become a bunch of streets – Green Oak, Nightingale, etc.,” Hauck said of the changes.

Hauck has also observed a marked change in technology, to which she attributes the greater ease of modern delivery.

“When I started driving, I recorded shipper numbers by writing them down on what we called ‘50-liners,’” she noted. “But now we scan, which is a lot more convenient.”

With the advent of cellphones, Hauck could contact UPS while on the job if anything unexpected arose, which came in handy when she experienced work-related injuries.

One important aspect of her job has remained constant throughout the years – her positive interactions with the people to whom she delivers.

“The people I deliver to are always very kind to me,” Hauck said. “During the summer, people are always giving me cold drinks. During the Christmas season, they’ll feed me dinner.”

Although Hauck is retiring from her delivery job, she plans to remain active in the community. She is a representative of a fashion accessory business, Miche, and intends to pursue volunteer work such as running local soup kitchens and taking care of senior citizens.

“I just want to give back to the community,” she said. “Besides taking care of my physical needs, many of the people I delivered to kept me in their prayers. I don’t believe I could have made it through the past 29 years without them. For this, I give thanks.”

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