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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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Schools Briefs

Mathnasium hosts TriMathlon event

Mathnasium, a local math-tutoring center, has scheduled a TriMathlon math competition for local students Oct. 19.

The TriMathlon is open to second- through fifth-graders who attend public or private schools or who are homeschooled. Students need not be enrolled in a Mathnasium center to participate.

According to organizers, the TriMathlon contest is designed to show students that math can be fun. Children at all levels of math ability are invited to compete. In addition to winning trophies, all participants will earn money for their local schools with every correct answer.

To register, for a practice test and for more information, visit mathnasiumtrimathlon.com.

MVLA Foundation offers Science Showcase

The Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation is scheduled to host a Science Showcase 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave.

Parents and community members are invited to experience first-hand how students are learning chemistry, biology, physics, clean-tech and more at the local high schools.

Teachers and students will be on hand for demonstrations of the latest foundation-funded classroom science equipment.

For more information, visit mvlafoundation.org.

PNG seeks volunteers

Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors to local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 6-7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.

Through the information night, PNG hopes to attract new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.

To RSVP, call Carole Dorshkind at 766-2162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit pngmvla.org.

Egan schedules e-waste collection

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual e-waste recycling event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the school’s parking lot, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

GreenMouse Recycling will be on hand to collect e-waste items and ensure that toxic electronic waste is responsibly recycled.

Proceeds benefit Egan’s Science Department.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Montclaire hosts benefit run/walk

The fourth annual Montclaire 5K Run/Walk is scheduled 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The 3.1-mile course begins and ends in the back parking lot at Montclaire Elementary School – located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos – and runs through the surrounding Highlands neighborhood and into Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Entry fee is $35 in advance (includes T-shirt), $50 on the day of the event. There will also be a free 1-mile fun run for children. Proceeds support the Montclaire Parent Teacher Organization.

To register and for more information, visit montclaire5k.com.

Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate the outdoors.

The program reaches all grade levels in the district and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies.

Training is available to acquaint docents with the lesson content. All materials are provided. A docent, often an assistant docent and one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom. A classroom management training is slated Monday.

To introduce potential volunteers to the gardens used in Living Classroom lessons, officials are scheduled to host a tour of several of the Los Altos school gardens Oct. 7.

For more information, visit Living-Classroom.org.

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