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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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Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly embody courage at Celebrity Forum appearance


Courtesy of Celebrity Forum
Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly kicked off the Celebrity Forum season last month.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly kicked off the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Oct. 25 with a presentation that focused on working hard to make the world a better place.

In front of a packed house at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, Giffords spoke a few words to the crowd after her husband spent more than an hour discussing his experiences as an astronaut.

“Gabby has difficulty with speech, so be patient with her,” Kelly advised.

Giffords continues to struggle with speaking and walking since she was shot in January 2011 in Arizona while meeting with constituents. Her right arm remains paralyzed from the bullet that went through her head. She undergoes speech and physical therapy to regain her faculties and continue serving the country.

After a short film clip, Kelly described his time aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station, one of only two individuals who has visited on four occasions.

While preparing to command Endeavour, Kelly received a call from Giffords’ chief of staff that his wife had been shot but learned no other details. He had a friend fly him to Tucson on a private plane and arrived four hours after the assassination attempt.

Kelly spoke of Giffords’ recovery and shared several of their experiences leading up to her surprise return to Washington to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling.

“After months of rancor and pettiness, one small woman brought Washington to their feet,” Kelly said.

Early in her recovery, Giffords had confidence that she would be able to travel to Cape Canaveral to witness the launch of her husband’s final shuttle mission, but it was canceled. After several launch delays, she was able to return to Kennedy Space Center for her husband’s May 2011 launch. Kelly wore his wife’s wedding ring into space and she wore his.

Near the end of the program, Giffords came onstage to hearty applause and a standing ovation.

“Thank you for inviting me. I am getting better and working hard to make the world a better place,” she said.

The “new Gabby” is tougher and stronger than before, according to Kelly.

“For the next five years, I just want to travel,” said Giffords, adding that she is optimistic they will sail around the world.

Kelly and Giffords held hands as they left the Flint Center stage. Giffords leaned over and touched the hands of people in the front row.

For information on upcoming speakers, visit celebrityforum.net.

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