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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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Letters to the Editor

Regulate traffic near Blach school

We reside in Los Altos. We are requesting that the rules in place for “No Drop-Offs” at Carmel Terrace/Altamead Drive be enforced.

Before the “No Drop-Off” signs were installed, the corner was horribly dangerous for those of us who reside on these two streets.

The parents of these schoolchildren are breaking the rules. It has just gotten worse in the past year.

There is no school on these two streets – Blach Intermediate School is on Covington Road. We are now asking that the rules be enforced and that the school have meetings with parents and notify them that they are to drop off and pick up their children at the school their children attend.

We would also like to see a traffic light go up at Covington Road and Miramonte Avenue.

Miramonte is a major link between Foothill Expressway and Highway 101. The wear and tear on our vehicles and the total waste of high-cost gas is inexcusable. It is total gridlock in that area, and a terrible waste of time and added frustration because the “community” sees it “differently.”

Miramonte is a major thoroughfare, and there is absolutely no excuse or reason for not having a traffic light at that very congested intersection.

We hope to see these issued addressed immediately.

L. Sunland

Los Altos

Weigh performance of students from all schools

I appreciated Tom Fernstermacher’s well-written letter to the editor regarding school choice (“What does school choice mean to you?” Town Crier, Oct. 30).

I personally am not an advocate of charter schools unless they are inherently intended to provide students from a disadvantaged community the same standards of education and teacher training as those provided in our high-performing districts.

How this charter school ever garnered support for its inception and what its true intent was has always baffled me. How many of the children that were pulled from public school to attend local private schools or the charter school resurfaced at Blach Intermediate or Egan Junior High to continue their education? Surely, the numbers are available.

Do the teachers at these junior high schools note any distinction between the two groups? It’s time for them to weigh in on this for an accurate representation between the various systems.

I am grateful for the talented teachers who lent a hand to shape our future/current doctors, lawyers, engineers, electricians, social entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, tradesmen, etc., that comprise our geographical area.  

Sandra Beges

Los Altos

Help stop unwanted phone calls

I have registered on the “Do Not Call” list, but I am still getting many calls from various businesses that want me to buy their products.

I am on full-time oxygen and have many medications to take during the day. It is very difficult when I get calls and have to stop my medications and remove all the equipment, answer the telephone and find out that it is just someone wanting to sell me something.

This makes life very difficult for me.

I am not in the market for any of the things they are pushing, and I really object to be subjected to this kind of harassment.

Please tell me how I can stop these annoying calls. Thank you in advance for your help.

Rosemary Panec

Los Altos

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