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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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FHDA seeks volunteers for bond oversight committee

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District seeks district residents to serve on its Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

Volunteers are needed to fill two-year terms in four capacities:

• At-large representative

• Taxpayer association representative

• Business organization representative

• Foothill-De Anza auxiliary organization representative

The seven-member committee reviews expenditures associated with the $490.8 million bond measure approved by district voters in 2006 and reports annually to the public and the board of trustees on the implementation of the Measure C bond program.

The committee meets quarterly. New members would be seated in January.

Applicants must reside within district boundaries, which include the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. District employees, contractors, consultants or vendors are not eligible to serve.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Applicants should email a résumé that includes home address and a cover letter explaining their qualifications and which of the four categories they would represent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“I have enjoyed serving on the committee because I have had the opportunity to work with interesting and intelligent people, both fellow committee members and staff members of the colleges,” said Chairman Dudley G. Andersen. “I’ve been able to represent the community by providing oversight and feedback on the use of bond funds to create facilities that bring the colleges continuing recognition as leaders in community education and also offer exceptional learning environments for students.”

Members who will be leaving the committee at the end of the year include Andersen, at-large representative; Robert Lancefield, taxpayer association representative; David Bergman, business organization representative; and Anita Manwani Bhagat, auxiliary organization representative.

Continuing on the committee are William Dietz, senior citizens’ organization representative; Susan Silver, at-large representative; and Etienne Bowie, student representative.

For more information, call 949-6100 or visit measurec.fhda.edu.

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