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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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Los Altos church continues fight to end Alzheimer’s disease

Los Altos United Methodist Church has been the top fundraising team for the annual Bay Area “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” for the past 12 years.

The local team has raised more than $500,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association for research, advocacy, education and caregiver support services.

Team captain Patty Kenny and church member Susan O’Neil, along with a small group of leaders, built a team of 110 walkers who braved inclement weather Sept. 21 to generate more than $60,000.

Along with fundraising, we are committed to education about this terrible disease. We understand that people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are able to live a better quality of life with support and care. For example, holiday travel to visit family and friends can open eyes to cognitive and physical changes in a loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association’s national 24-hour helpline experienced a 13 percent rise in calls during the 2012 holiday season.

Learning the 10 warning signs can help family members gauge whether changes they see are normal or atypical. Many family members, in hindsight, have noticed changes sometimes years before a doctor diagnoses a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Signs to look for:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

2. Challenges in planning and solving problems.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure.

4. Confusion with time or place.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

8. Decreased or poor judgment.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.

10. Changes in mood or personality.

When persistent and consistent changes occur, it is time to call the doctor for a consultation. We all exhibit the above symptoms from time to time. It is only when a pattern that gets in the way of everyday life develops that a doctor should be consulted.

Early detection can play a key role in the quality of life for a person with dementia. There are treatments that can help a dementia sufferer maintain a level of independence for a long period of time. Support and knowledge of Alzheimer’s can assist caregivers as they plan for and manage the disease. November is the ideal time to educate yourself – it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month as well as National Caregiver Month – and a wealth of resources are available.

Our mission at Los Altos United Methodist Church is “Touching Heaven, Changing Earth with Head, Heart and Hands.” We are convinced that fighting dementia by supporting research and offering community education for those with dementia and their caregivers fulfills that sacred call.

For a complete list of the 10 warning signs, visit alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp or call our 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Bonnie Bollwinkel is professional education specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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