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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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These shoes are made for walking : European Cobblery bids downtown Los Altos farewell in early 2014


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Steven Oberhauser and his family are scheduled to close the European Cobblery at 201 First St. in early 2014 after more than 25 years in downtown Los Altos.

The new year will serve as a new chapter for one longtime Los Altos business.

The European Cobblery is scheduled to vacate its retail home at 201 First St. after 27 years in downtown Los Altos. The family-owned business’ final day is Jan. 31.

Stephanee Oberhauser, who manages the store with her husband, Steven, and father, Paul Roth, told the Town Crier that her family attempted to relocate the business to another retail space in the downtown area but simply couldn’t find a location that met their needs. Oberhauser politely declined to discuss the circumstances that led to the need to move the business.

“That was our first goal, to stay here,” said Stephanee, who recalled the day her father opened the First Street location when she was 9 years old. “This was certainly a hard decision.”

Still, she added, all is far from lost. The Oberhausers will join other family members to run the family’s Palo Alto shop at 410 California Ave., which opened in 1982.

Stephanee said the closing of the Los Altos location is really more of a consolidation of resources. She hopes the extra few miles to the Palo Alto cobblery won’t be too far to deter longtime Los Altos customers from making the trip in the future.

“It’s not like this is a situation where we’re going out of business or something,” she said. “Collaborating with my family to run the Palo Alto store just makes more sense.”

The change will also benefit her father and mother, Desiree Roth, who are working to open a new European Cobblery location in Campbell in 2014. The new location will shorten her parents’ commute significantly. They made the trek from their home in Morgan Hill to Los Altos for many years.

“They’re putting their energy into the new store in Campbell, so they’re jazzed about that,” Stephanee said. “One door closes, another door opens.”

Steven readily conceded that his family will miss the familiar faces – customers and nearby retailers alike – they have become accustomed to encountering on a daily basis over nearly three decades.

“I’ve been working for Steph’s parents since, gosh, I was 23,” Steven said. “It’s a place where we’ve been established a really long time, so it’s hard to give it up.”

For more information, visit europeancobblery.com.

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