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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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Pinewood alum McClannan Reardon embarks on solo singing career, releases Christmas album


Courtesy of Megan McClannan Reardon
Megan McClannan Reardon caught the performing bug while attending Pinewood School in Los Altos.

Life is good for Los Altos Hills native Megan McClannan Reardon. The singer/actress plans to release a Christmas album after a long recording hiatus, a project she completed while raising two young daughters and working as a musical director in her current home of Salt Lake City.

“Dreams of Christmas,” recently released on iTunes and Amazon.com, is a collection of familiar favorites and originals.

Being a solo act is new territory for Reardon, who has been a busy backup studio vocalist for the likes of Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. The former Disney entertainer signed a 10-year contract when she was 20, a contract that seemed like a good idea at the time. But because of a variety of factors, she wasn’t able to record until the contract expired. Now she’s with LML Music.

Reardon has performed all over the world, singing and dancing with national and international touring companies. She’s even appeared on the TV series “Charmed” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Reardon credits teacher Kathy Pickett at her alma mater Pinewood School with encouraging her aspirations. Pinewood requires all fourth-graders to take part in a performance. Once she hit the stage, there was no turning back.

She turned professional at 16 when she was cast in “42nd Street” at American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Later, she won a scholarship to Brigham Young University for excellence in musical theater. She has been a private voice teacher the past 20 years and a program director for a performing arts school.

Now, she embarks on a solo career that begins with a Christmas album.

“Maybe they’ll buy it as a Christmas gift,” said Reardon of her potential audience. “No one is (usually) buying CDs anymore.”

With support from pianist and friend Joseph Itaya, Reardon traveled to a recording studio in Los Angeles for one 18-hour session. The pair had booked the weekend but “got bumped by Cher,” she said. The finished project, however, was a year in the making.

Reardon hopes this will be the start of a successful solo career.

“My backup days are done,” she said.

One goal is to perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

“It’s just so fun,” she said. “It would be my chocolate ice cream on top of my cake.”

Reardon has scheduled a performance Dec. 14 at Menlo-Atherton Arts Center. Local crooner Pasquale Esposito also will perform.

For more information, visit meganmcclannan.com.

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