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News

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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Community Briefs

MV Kiwanis Club accepts grant requests

The Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation is currently accepting grant requests that meet a critical health or human care need in the city of Mountain View.

Grant awards should address the needs of children under the age of 18 or seniors 60 and over and have objectives that are time-specific and measurable.

Organizations submitting grants must have 501(c)(3) status. Proof of 501(c)(3) status with a copy of the federal tax-exempt notification letter is required when submitting a grant request.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1.

Mail applications to the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, PO Box 607, Mountain View 94042.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/KiwanisMV.

SFMOMA, library launch art series

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Altos Library kick off a six-part series of art talks with the docent presentation “Big, Bold Beautiful: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field” 7-8 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The lecture will highlight di Suvero’s eight monumentally scaled sculptures on display at San Francisco’s Crissy Field through May 16.

Working primarily in steel beams and plates, di Suvero creates dramatic sculptures that convey a sense of both light and movement. The discussion will explore the artist’s personal connections to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and highlight his other contributions to the Bay Area art scene.

Admission is free open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Kiwanis Club collects for Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its Annual Turkey Round Up.

Each year, club members purchase and deliver turkeys to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families in need assistance can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, send a check to the Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

SPARC speaker addresses health care

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has scheduled author Sally C. Pipes to discuss health care at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute since 1991, is considered a leading opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Her book, “The Cure for Obamacare” (Encounter Books, 2013) examines changes that could halt full implementation of the plan. She will discuss what she considers a better alternative for effective health care.

Pipes regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care, women’s issues, civil rights and the economy.

For more information, visit sparcgop.org.

Deadline extended for volunteer awards

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is still accepting nominations for its annual volunteer awards luncheon, scheduled Dec. 13 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

Since the awards’ inception in 1983, the committee has recognized 295 individual volunteers and nine organizations.

For more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

Local artists display work at History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s contemporary art exhibition, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward,” runs through March 23 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The project celebrates local artists with a juried exhibition in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The display complements the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s off-site exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” scheduled to run through March at various venues across the city.

Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Homestay program needs host families

The International Student Placements program at Foothill and De Anza colleges needs host families for international students.

The program has placed students with local families for more than 20 years. Host families are asked to provide a private or double bedroom and share meals and kitchen privileges.

The arrangements start in August and end in June. Hosts are paid between $825 and $1,000 per month in two installments. Families may include singles or couples with or without children, retirees or empty-nesters.

For more information, call Sarah Joy at (408) 464-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘One Warm Scarf’ campaign underway

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein has launched her annual “One Warm Scarf” campaign to provide accessories to the area’s homeless residents. She collects used hats, gloves and scarves to ease the upcoming winter chill.

Goldstein has delivered hundreds of items to the homeless. She also collects yarn to donate to knitting clubs, whose members then knit hats and gloves.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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