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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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Local school's crossing guard arrested for burglary


Los Altos Police arrested a Loyola School crossing guard last week for allegedly stealing three laptops from a classroom.

Police arrested San Jose resident Nathaniel Burpee, 24, Thursday for burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest – he apparently didn’t go willingly. Spotted by police at a bus stop on El Camino Real, Burpee reportedly led police on a brief foot chase. Burpee was on parole at the time of his arrest and was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Fred Bridgewater, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections’ Regional Parole Division, told the Town Crier that Burpee was on parole for burglary at the time of his arrest. Bridgewater did not provide any additional details on Burpee’s previous burglary arrest.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, last week’s chain of events leading to Burpee’s arrest began when a Loyola teacher found him in a classroom earlier in the day. When questioned about his presence in the classroom, Burpee allegedly told the teacher that he was meeting a school administrator there. A short time later, Shearer said, the teacher discovered three laptops missing from the classroom and contacted police at approximately 9 a.m.

After interviewing the teacher at the scene, investigators contacted Burpee’s supervisor, who told police that Burpee made contact and wanted to return some items he took from the school – albeit without police involvement. Police, in turn, issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Burpee to officers in the field and neighboring agencies.

Less than two hours after school officials contacted authorities, a Los Altos Police officer spotted Burpee at the bus stop in front of Whole Foods Market on El Camino Real, Shearer said. Upon spotting police – including those from Mountain View assisting at the scene – Burpee took off on foot, according to Shearer. He added that officers chased the suspect through a construction site on Sherwood Avenue before apprehending him, but not before “a brief struggle.”

Background checks

In May, the Los Altos City Council approved a new two-year contract agreement with All City Management Services (ACMS), the agency responsible for vetting and supplying crossing guards to the city since 2007. The city and the Los Altos School District jointly fund the program at a shared cost of approximately $120,000 per year.

According to a staff report on the contract agreement, services that ACMS provides to the city include “recruitment, background clearance, hiring, training, payroll, supervision and program management.”

A call to ACMS seeking comment on Burpee’s arrest was not returned before the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Burpee appears to be related to Todd David Burpee, who in 2009 was convicted of kidnapping and assaulting a Gunn High School student two years earlier. A 2006 Palo Alto Weekly article on Todd Burpee referenced his younger brother, Nate Burpee; both men graduated from Palo Alto high schools.

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