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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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Community Briefs

Christ Episcopal hosts documentary screening

Christ Episcopal Church is scheduled to host a screening of “High Ground,” an award-winning documentary, 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

The film chronicles the story of 11 wounded warriors and one Gold Star mother who climb Mount Lobuche in the Himalayas while recounting their wartime experiences. “High Ground” cinematographer John von Seeburg will lead a Q&A with local veterans following the screening.

Admission is free.

For tickets and more information, visit highgroundchristchurch.eventbrite.com.

SPARC speaker addresses Obamacare

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has scheduled author Sally C. Pipes to discuss health care at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Her book, “The Cure for Obamacare” (Encounter Books, 2013), examines changes that could halt full implementation of the law. She will discuss what she considers a better alternative for effective health care.

Pipes regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the San Francisco Chronicle.

For more information, visit sparcgop.org.

Kiwanis Club accepts grant requests

The Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects that meet a critical health or human care need in the city of Mountain View.

Grant requests should address the needs of children under the age of 18 or seniors 60 and over and have objectives that are time-specific and measurable.

Organizations submitting requests must show proof of 501(c)(3) status by providing a copy of their federal tax-exempt notification letters.

The club will consider requests for capital campaign projects that are consistent with its priority to provide services to low-income children, adolescents or seniors.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1.

Funds will be granted at either a January or February Kiwanis Club of Mountain View meeting.

Mail applications to Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, PO Box 607, Mountain View 94042.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/KiwanisMV.

Boutique fundraiser supports animal shelter

A pet and gift boutique fund- raiser is scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Palo Alto Animal Services, 3281 E. Bayshore Road.

The event will feature holiday gifts and products, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet adoptions and refreshments.

The animal control agency, which provides services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, has been hit by heavy funding cuts over the past few years. Proceeds will directly benefit the shelter.

Palo Alto Animal Services and Hartfelt Hand-i-crafts co-sponsor the boutique.

For more information, call 496-5971.

Kiwanis Club sponsors Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its 2013 Turkey Round Up.

Kiwanis Club members will purchase and deliver turkeys to The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families in need can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, mail a check to Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

For more information, call 988-9900.

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