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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 Marching Band and Color Guard present to community


CAROL STEPP/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER
Los Altos High School’s Marching Band and Color Guard’s competition show is titled “R.E.M.” The group is scheduled to perform for the community Nov. 9.

Marching Band and Color Guard students at Los Altos High School spend approximately 20 hours per week together on the football field learning intricate marching steps, memorizing music, twirling flags, throwing rifles and telling a story set to music.

Students perform their show at Western Band Association field show events, competing against other bands from California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Arizona. In prior years, the band and color guard have earned many first- and second-place finishes as well as several recognition awards for their musical performances and visual presentations.

This year’s ensemble, working to achieve the same standard of excellence, has earned a second-place finish in its first competition.

The 2013 competition show, “R.E.M.,” is a nine-minute, tongue-in-cheek rendition of a dream in which a girl falls asleep, finds herself in the middle of a nightmare and wakes to a happy ending. It features the music of Edvard Grieg, Sergei Prokofiev, Karl Jenkins and Samuel Barber. The drill depicts an eye closing, a funeral and a scary chase, all presented with an element of humor. Elaborate props bring the story to life.

Approximately one-half of the 73 band and color guard members have no previous marching band experience, as most of them are freshmen. The experienced members have welcomed the new members and taught them what it means to be a part of the ensemble: Commit to achieve, be proud and support each other as family.

New member Meg Murphy, a sophomore, said her experience so far has been a lot of work.

“But it is so worth it,” she said. “Everybody should do this – it’s really fun.”

Music Director Ted Ferrucci said he is pleased with the growth of the band since the start of the season in early August.

“This is a very complex show, but the students have risen to the challenge of creating an outstanding show,” he said. “I am proud of the work ethic of this ensemble.”

Ferrucci added that the group’s goal is to peak Nov. 23 at the Western Band Association Championships.

“At the rate we are improving, we are right on track,” he said.

The Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard invite local residents to attend their annual Fall Finale 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 9. They will perform “R.E.M.” on the football field, 201 Almond Ave. Immediately after, guests will have the opportunity to go on the field with students and experience what it is like to be in a marching band.

The Fall Finale is the primary fundraising event that supports the school’s instrumental music program. The event includes a marketplace, a raffle, a bake sale and a silent auction.

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