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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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Transactions

38 3rd Street #107, Green Trust to R. Schroer for $1,398,000

2085 Crist Drive, D. Carelli to Loretz Construction for $1,405,000

78 Cuesta Drive, J. & K. Lyon to A. Crook for $1,270,000

5100 El Camino Real #303, Adams Trust to Wang Trust for $879,000

1161 Lammy Place, Ahrens Trust to B. Wilson for $2,598,000

1252 Lisa Lane, J. & P. Gardner to M. & Q. Cammarano for $1,870,000

35 Los Altos Square, J. Drake to N. Walsh for $1,117,000

538 Sequoia Drive, Pauline Trust to Netzel Trust for $1,700,000

743 Thorsen Court, Mcsweeney Trust to J. & R. Wunderling for $2,235,000

1461 Topar Avenue, P. Manners to T. & N. Hinrichs for $2,400,500

591 Torwood Lane, Dunn Trust to A. Kadiyala for $2,016,000

487 Tyndall Street #3, Flood Trust to Y. Tsai for $625,000

2015 Victoria Court, J. & R. Wunderling to R. & L. Benzion for $1,560,000

Los Altos Hills

27296 Byrne Park Lane, R. & B. Odea to Lenoski Trust for $2,800,000

25500 Crescent Lane, Weimar Trust to A. & M. Ahuja for $3,565,000

24802 Olive Tree Lane, A. Truong to Grau-Jones Trust for $2,000,000

22548 Ravensbury Avenue, R. Todd to D. & M. Zaumeyer for $1,375,000

Mountain View

505 Cypress Point Drive #52, Gribaldo Trust to Y. & S. Hu for $412,000

413 Del Medio Avenue, I. & C. Quiles to S. Shankar for $950,000

809 Leong Drive, M. & D. Gokhaie to S. Dinh for $680,000

550 Ortega Avenue #B330, J. Kim to M. Dickey for $758,000

550 Sierra Avenue, M. Potts to Kazemi Trust for $1,650,000

1191 Solana Drive, Fiegl Trust to J. Gainsley for $1,520,000

228 South Rengstorff Avenue, L. Perera to H. Ho for $808,000

968 Trophy Drive, Richma Trust to J. Hayes for $1,810,000

Cupertino

1084 Derbyshire Drive, Haworth Trust to V. Sankaran for $1,220,000

11703 Dorothy Anne Way, Gordon Trust to Ramaswamy Trust for $3,790,000

10109 Judy Avenue, S. Cimino to Y. Hao for $1,190,000

10378 Krista Court, Bruckstein Trust to J. Liu for $1,600,000

10160 Lebanon Drive, Caldwell Trust to S. & M. Ansari for $1,320,000

7817 Lunar Court, S. Taaffe to C. & B. Chuang for $1,350,000

872 Rose Blossom Drive, Jordan Trust to M. Venkateswaran for $1,350,000

18620 Runo Court, Putz Trust to Cheng Trust for $920,000

22648 Silver Oak Lane, F. Turbok to L. Li for $910,000

915 South Stelling Road, C. Yee to J. Raju for $1,355,000

7448 Wildflower Way, R. & G. Watson to S. Gangashanaiah for $1,150,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 13

Highest sale: $2,598,000

Lowest sale: $625,000

Average sale: $1,621,038

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 4

Highest sale: $3,565,000

Lowest sale: $1,375,000

Average sale: $2,435,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 8

Highest sale: $1,810,000

Lowest sale: $412,000

Average sale: $1,073,500

Cupertino

Total sales: 11

Highest sale: $3,790,000

Lowest sale: $910,000

Average sale: $1,468,636

– California REsource

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