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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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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A living bridge: teen offers seniors free USB sticks with medical information


photo courtesy of City of Los Altos Hills; Renny Glasner, 17, of Los Altos explains to seniors the benefits of a USB stick, which allows first responders to access critical medical data quickly. Glasner researched and organized the initiative for his Eagle Scout project.

A local teenager is aiming to provide seniors with a helpful tool during medical emergencies – a Universal Serial Bus (USB) stick.

Los Altos resident Warren “Renny” Glasner, 17, has the goal of providing 200 local seniors with free USB sticks that contain the owner’s relevant medical information, such as primary-care physician, emergency contacts and any medical restrictions or conditions. Glasner’s kickoff event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee Center, located adjacent to town hall. Participating seniors will be outfitted on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies lasts.

Glasner told the Town Crier that by using information from the USB sticks, medical emergency responders could save critical time in the event of an incident involving an elderly resident. The task of supplying local seniors with the sticks, he added, is his Eagle Scout project.

“This would make it easier to establish contact with a physician or family members,” Glasner said. “As a responder or ER doctor, you’ll be able to determine what precautions to take based on the information on the USB stick. Most Eagle Scout projects include installing a park bench or building a shed, so part of my motivation was to do something new and different.”

Glasner selected the project after learning about a similar venture at Moldaw Residences, a Palo Alto senior living community. Originally, he planned to make emergency preparedness kits for seniors – until sticker shock forced him to change course.

“They ended up being pretty costly to assemble,” said Glasner, a junior at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto. “With a $1,000 budget, for instance, we would have been able to help only about 10 people.”

Building an intergenerational bridge

For advice and resources, Glasner turned to Los Altos resident Anabel Pelham, chairwoman of the Joint Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission and professor of gerontology at San Francisco State University. Glasner soon found himself invited to present the project to members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Partners for Elder Generations Committee. The result was a $670 donation, enough to purchase 200 USB sticks.

“She’s been very helpful,” Glasner said of Pelham. “She introduced me to people at Rotary, helped me set up some talks I gave to other organizations about my project and has been great about offering some general knowledge and advice.”

Pelham, meanwhile, said Glasner’s work is fulfilling on other fronts as well. She noted that one of the Senior Commission’s overarching goals, and hers as a gerontologist, is to connect older and younger generations in a meaningful way.

“Renny is like a living bridge to building an intergenerational community,” Pelham said. “He’s rare and unique in that way. … He’s really gone the extra mile to build that bridge with seniors.”

She added that the USB sticks could serve as a crucial tool for those who don’t use medical alert devices or wear medical ID bracelets. The sticks provide seniors with added peace of mind should a medical disaster occur.

“It’s a good example of best practices and a model project that’s been implemented in other communities,” Pelham said. “The important thing about the info on the USBs is that it’s as minimal as possible. So in case an elder loses it, there’s no massive privacy risk.”

Glasner said others have received his project positively, specifically noting the encouragement from members of the Senior Commission.

“My grandfather actually asked for one,” he said with a grin. “So, I’ll be sending him one, for sure.”

Glasner credited the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee for being the first to offer space where he and his fellow Scouts can use their laptops to input seniors’ medical information onto the USB sticks.

Glasner is planning additional local events to complete his project. Dates have not been confirmed in time for the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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