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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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JUDITH CLOW FUCILLA

OBIT JudithFucilla

Van’s Everything

Judith Clow Fucilla made it all appear so simple - mother, grandmother, friend, hostess extraordinaire, volunteer, supreme gardener, bargain hunter, culinary artist and Van’s everything.

People were drawn to Judy because of her energy, warmth, enthusiasm and generosity. Due to her wide-ranging interests and natural curiosity she would often meet and engage a variety of people—many of whom became family friends. Not only was she a loving wife and an incredible mother, she was a terrific friend to many. Judy quietly watched out for, advised, consoled, comforted, and provided company and assistance to so many friends. There was always space at Judy’s table for people who needed a happy, welcoming place and a meal. She was a natural hostess. Her exceptional sense of fashion and style was so evident in the wonderful events she regularly held in their home. Judy was an avid lover of art, the theatre, travel, lectures, cooking and gardening. She spent many hours toiling away in her splendid garden. She could see beauty in the simplest things.

Judy passed away in her Los Altos home at age 81 after a courageous and gracious battle with cancer. Judy leaves behind her loving husband Ivan “Van” Fucilla, her six daughters, Carrie Thomas (John), Audrey Carlson (John--deceased), Julie Waters (Jim), Beth Seibert (Kurt), Lisa Amoroso and Mollie Fucilla (Joseph McGinley) as well as 7 grandchildren.

Judy and Van began their 64-year love affair while in high school in Evanston, Illinois. Married for 60 years, they have set an example of love and devotion for us all.

Judy expressed her gratitude daily for her wonderful life—her marvelous husband and her much-loved family. We are all so very grateful to have had her in our lives. Judy will be truly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Celebration at 11:00 AM, October 4, 2013 at her long time parish, St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA. Reception to follow. If you need further information please contact: Spangler Mortuaries, Los Altos, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either:

Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085-2905. www.pathwayshealth.org OR

Stanford University’s Dermatology Gift Fund-Skin Cancer Research Development Services, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466, http://dermatology.stanford.edu/gift/

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