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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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Plight of local homeless topic of annual CSA breakfast


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
CSA Executive Director Tom Myers, right, congratulates Jean and Barbara Mordo on their “Hometown Heroes” award.

The homeless are everywhere, even in affluent Silicon Valley, and they don’t fit the stereotype of the dirty panhandler on the street corner.

Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, made that point during CSA’s annual “Hometown Heroes” breakfast, held Friday at the Microsoft Corp. headquarters in Mountain View.

Myers showed the audience a portion of Bill Moyers’ recent documentary, “Homeless in High Tech’s Shadow,” which featured some local homeless people who could be mistaken for young engineers and others who had jobs but could not afford a place to live.

CSA, which provides a safety net of support for the struggling, assists a wide range of people through its food and nutrition center, homeless services and help for seniors, including a lunch and nutrition program.

Myers said that of the 110,000 estimated residents in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, 1 in 17 is a CSA client. That number increased nearly 300 over the previous fiscal year, from 6,279 in 2011-2012 to 6,558 in 2012-2013.

Acknowledging the innovations of Silicon Valley, Myers wondered whether “we can harness that brain power” to fix the homeless problem.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, a CSA board member, noted that the nonprofit’s goal is not offering a handout, but “a hand up.” Myers pointed to CSA’s mission statement and the agency’s desire to promote “stability, self-reliance and dignity.”

Honorees at this year’s event included CSA volunteers Jean and Barbara Mordo of Los Altos and past and present Mountain View City Councils for their ongoing support.

“At CSA, all things done here are outstanding and very worthy of your time and effort,” Barbara Mordo said.

Oscar Garcia, president and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, said he and his family have used CSA in times of need.

As he reminded the large gathering at the “Hometown Heroes” event: “You’re just one tragedy, one life circumstance away from needing services from CSA.”

For more information, visit csacares.org.

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