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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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LAHS students participate in Science and Tech Week


ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High School students took in hands-on presentations last week during Science and Technology Week. Intuitive Surgical brought in robotic surgical equipment that students had the opportunity to test.

Tahlee Baynard, research science manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, used a Rubik’s Cube last week to illustrate life to a class of teenagers at Los Altos High School.

“Your life is like the Rubik’s Cube, it’s up to you to figure it out,” he said. “You have opportunities every single day. Chase the ones that are important to you.”

Baynard was one of many professionals who discussed careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during Los Altos High School’s eighth annual Science and Technology Week Oct. 21-23.

Speakers demonstrated the long-term value of a math and science education to encourage students to take more math and science classes, raise awareness of the variety of related career opportunities, highlight the diverse backgrounds of current professionals and inspire students to think creatively and join the ranks of innovative thinkers for the next generation.

Students attended lectures on an array of STEM-related tools or careers. Several included hands-on participation, such as using robotic surgical equipment and learning how to administer CPR to a victim.

“We are right here in Silicon Valley,” said Sarah Malcuso, a long-time Science and Tech Week volunteer. “We have all this amazing stuff going on and we want to share that with the kids.”

Intuitive Surgical Inc. provided a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci Surgical System to explain how the technology enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations. Students had the opportunity to sit at the console and manipulate the instruments, while other students observed the operators’ actions on a video monitor.

“I’ve been telling the kids we have 3,000 jobs and they aren’t all surgeons,” said Nicky Espinosa, engineer at Intuitive Surgical. “There are jobs that run the gamut of skill sets.”

Officials from Foothill College’s Certified Medical Technician (CMT) program demonstrated ways they handled first-response situations and touted the benefits of their 9-month evening program.

Digital building blocks, 3D printing, how to make a Pixar movie, using an iPhone for musical creation and Facebook mobile apps are just a few of the presentations students could attend during the three-day event.

Speakers shared information on their current projects and described how fundamental science affects their day-to-day work. They explained the preparation needed for the careers and how their own high school experiences influenced them to pursue science and technology beyond graduation.


Eighth Annual Science and Technology Week - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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