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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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SFMOMA good for Los Altos: Editorial

Downtown Los Altos has long reflected its status as a bedroom community – low-key and sleepy. It was called “the Village” for a reason. The long-running joke was that you could hear a pin drop on Main Street after 5 p.m.

That’s changing, in a big way. Three-story buildings and new businesses have sprouted in the Village. The sounds of construction have replaced the silence, as condos, a boutique hotel, a rebuilt Safeway and office-retail space at First and Main streets are underway.

Now the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is here, making downtown Los Altos a cultural destination. Its “Project Los Altos” officially debuted Friday. The museum has chosen Los Altos to host one of several traveling exhibitions throughout the Bay Area while the museum, located at 151 Third St. in San Francisco, undergoes renovation.

With a big boost from Passerelle Investment Co., SFMOMA has scheduled numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits and programs, some of which involve community participation.

Consider SFMOMA’s presence an opportunity to be educated – and challenged – by the visuals and concepts the artists present. The artists, in turn, want to learn about us. Communication is a two-way street, and art is always about communication. For instance, filmmaker Mike Mills, who has set up shop at the Costume Bank on State Street, features interviews of children whose parents work in high-tech. The artist gleans their views on the future, and viewers learn what children are honestly thinking.

Another exhibit, Katerina Seda’s “Everything Is Perfect,” invites residents to submit unique facts involving “everyday attributes,” such as “the bluest eyes or the largest collection of salt and pepper shakers.” Seda will choose from the submissions, display them in her exhibition space at 359 State St. and publish a record book, similar to the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

Some of the pieces are whimsical, such as Jessica Stockholder’s painted Fourth and State streets intersection and Chris Johanson’s playful, inflated question-mark “sculpture” at Village Park.

The artwork exercises the mind – and the body, too. You have to walk around downtown to really see it. That means more “feet on the street,” a long-sought-after goal for downtown vitality. Thank you, SFMOMA.

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