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News

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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Sports on the Side

FIT events Saturday

Focused Individual Training of Los Altos has scheduled three free fundraising events Saturday. The day begins with Fight Gone Bad, 30-minute workouts led by FIT trainers set to start at 8 a.m. A 5k run/walk is slated 9 a.m., as is the Halloween fun run for children 6 and under. Both runs begin in the parking lot at FIT, 600 Fremont Ave. Costumes are encouraged for the fun run. Donations will go to the U.S. Pain Foundation, Buddies In ACTION and Building Strength. For more information, email Rick@focusedtrainers.

Take a hike

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has scheduled its Autumn in the Foothills hike 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Discover the diversity of the Santa Clara Valley foothills on the 10-mile, 1,600-foot-gain hike through the preserve’s habitats. MROSD docents Fran Keeler and Ranjana Sharma will guide participants through a variety of plant communities, from the canyons to the hilltops, including panoramic views from San Francisco to south San Jose. Arrive early to find parking. For more information, visit openspace.org.

Free volleyball clinics

The Aloha Volleyball Club, directed by Los Altos High girls volleyball coach Peter Kim, has scheduled free clinics Sunday at Wilcox High, 3250 Monroe St., Santa Clara. The volleyball clinics are for girls in middle school (3:30-5 p.m.) and high school (5:30-7:30 p.m.). For more information, visit alohavbc.com.

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Pumpkin Patch – benefiting the school’s athletic program – is slated 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends through Halloween in the student parking lot. A variety of pumpkins are available for purchase. The pumpkin patch is bigger this year, featuring a spooky tunnel walk, a haunted graveyard and snacks.

Call for tennis volunteers

The Mountain View Police Activities League and the Mountain View Recreation Division seek high school volunteers for their NetGain Tennis Program for at-risk middle-school students. The program is set to run 3-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting next week at Rengstorff Park and Crittenden Middle School. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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