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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

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
High-tech vice president by day, screenwriter by night, Mountain View resident Robert Frostholm pursues his passion for storytelling.

Robert Frostholm has always been a storyteller.

Until a couple of years ago, however, hi...

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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

Oshman JCC hosts panel on Judaism and Science

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 39...

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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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Community Briefs

Lecture addresses native birds, plants

The Los Altos Library and the California Native Plant Society have scheduled “Native Birds, Native Plants: Made for Each Other” 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Executive Director Bob Power of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society will discuss the organization’s current priorities and the areas in which the Audubon and Native Plant societies complement each other’s efforts. Power will address how native fauna depend on native plants for their existence and survival.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Hidden Villa hosts farm-to-table event

Hidden Villa has scheduled its 17th Annual Duveneck Humanitarian Awards Dinner 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the facility’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event, whose theme is “A Place at the Table,” will feature a reception highlighting Hidden Villa’s programs and a farm-to-table dinner using the organic farm’s pastured meats and vegetables.

Hidden Villa will recognize three local individuals who exemplify the nonprofit’s mission and values through their environmental, social and educational activism. This year’s honorees include Audrey Rust, a leader in open-space preservation; the Noble and Lorraine Hancock family; and food pioneer Sibella Kraus.

The awards dinner is Hidden Villa’s primary fundraising event. Proceeds underwrite partnerships and scholarship opportunities.

Tickets are $250 per person.

For tickets and more information, call 949-9702, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit hiddenvilla.eventbrite.com.

Santa Clara Corvettes hosts car show

Santa Clara Corvettes has scheduled its 37th Annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Los Altos. Registration will open at 8 a.m., followed by judging at 11 a.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m.

The show, one of the largest all-Corvette events on the West Coast, will feature approximately 165 new, classic and racing Corvettes lining both sides of Main Street. Main will be closed to car traffic from First Street to San Antonio Road.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit sccorvettes.org or wscc.ws.

Presentation spotlights Bulgari exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to deliver an illustrated lecture on Bulgari jewelry 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Payne’s presentation will complement “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950-1990,” the exhibition featured at San Francisco’s de Young museum Saturday through Feb. 17.

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. There are approximately 140 show-stopping pieces along with sketches that illuminate the process used to create the jewels. American clients are emphasized, with several pieces from the collection of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

For more information on the lecture, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org. For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org.

LALE highlights high-tech library tools

To introduce cardholders to its resources, the Los Altos Library Endowment (LALE) has scheduled its first After Hours at the Library program, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Director Sandra Hirsh of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University will discuss “Library Technology: Connecting with the Community.”

In addition to the discussion, library staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate new technologies and resources available to library users, including The Whipple Collection (the complete collection of the Teaching Company’s Great Courses available for checkout) and a new early-literacy program using iPads in the children’s area.

Librarians and LALE board members will be available to offer explanations and answer questions in each of the demonstration areas.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For reservations, call 948-3421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit lalendow.org.

Historic Bike Tour rides again

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the second Historic Bike Tour of Los Altos 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 beginning at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The 8-mile tour will cover various local points of interest and include stops at nearly two dozen of the city’s historical sites and homes. Riders can learn the stories behind the sites and their significance.

The tour finishes back at the museum for lunch.

Cost is $20 per person, free for children under 18. Proceeds benefit GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos History Museum.

To register on Eventbrite, visit historicbiketour2013.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit losaltoshistory.org.

Local preparedness resources available

September is National Preparedness Month, and opportunities for disaster training and neighborhood organizing are available locally.

• The Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled three free Personal Emergency Preparedness courses where participants can learn about workplace and home safety; disabling gas, electric and water valves; using fire extinguishers; and using forms of emergency communications.

Classes are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.; 6-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at Grant Park Community Center, 1575 Holt Ave.; and 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hillview Community Center.

To register, visit losaltosrecreation.org and use class code 210813.

• Los Altos PREPARE, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, invites local residents to attend its monthly meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos.

The group aims to mobilize neighborhoods to respond in the wake of a major emergency or natural disaster.

For more information, visit losaltosprepare.org.

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