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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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FRED HANSEN

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Fred Hansen, resident of Los Gatos CA, died unexpectedly due to a fall in his condominium in Puerto Vallarta Mexico September 24th 2013. He was there celebrating his recent birthday and working on plans to build his retirement home.

Fred was a graduate of Los Altos High School in 1969, an Eagle Scout at the age of 13, and active in forming a new Boy Scout troop in that community. While in college, he started several local service based businesses with his brother Karl.  Fred obtained a degree in Sociology/Criminology from San Jose State University in 1976.  He applied his education and passion in a position working with the Tuolumne County Juvenile Probation Department assisting at risk and troubled juvenile offenders to rehabilitate themselves.  He subsequently pursued various business management opportunities and property development projects in the Bay Area, and Oregon, until joining his brother as CFO at The Vita Companies in 1990.  In this capacity Fred became expert at managing all property and financial aspects of the multimillion dollar organization.

Highly self-reliant in his personal life from his youth onward, Fred maintained a diverse and active lifestyle with many people and various interests including playing the piano, driving high performance cars & motorcycles, flying his Cessna TR-182 aircraft, and traveling throughout the world.  He was an accomplished amateur sports photographer who volunteered his skills for several local high school teams.

Fred was a thoughtful caretaker of his mother, Martha Hansen, who precedes him in death.  He maintained lifelong associations with many friends and former coworkers by being generous with his time, advice, and assistance in their lives.  He is survived by his brother Karl, nephew Erik, and nieces Jennifer and Andrea Jane (AJ).  

A local memorial service is planned at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos for Fred on October 9th 2013 at 3:30pm.  A reception will follow immediately at the LAUMC Creekside Center.  All are welcome to join in celebrating Fred’s glorious life. 

Fred enjoyed his second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he maintained a community of loving friends.  A second memorial service will be help on Saturday, October 12th in the afternoon at Selva Romantica Condos in Old Vallarta.

The family requests that flowers and expressions of love  be shared within your family and loved ones, as we know that Fred  would want the love for each of us to grow and most importantly, be expressed more often within our family and our extended community.

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