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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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Realtor group receives national award for program


courtesy of SILVAR
SILVAR president Carolyn Miller, from left, and executive officer Paul Cardu accept the 2013 Platinum award from the National Association of Realtors’ Nancy Suvarnamani and Furhad Waquad.

The National Association of Realtors recently honored the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) with a Platinum award for its 2013 Global Business Council Achievement Program.

SILVAR was one of several groups recognized as a Silver, Gold or Platinum Council at the national association’s 2013 Conference & Expo. Out of more than 100 global business councils, five groups received Platinum Council status, the program’s highest distinction, for demonstrating exceptional commitment to building members’ awareness of the global and multicultural business opportunities in their local markets.

To help members reach out to a growing number of foreign buyers interested in purchasing property in the region, SILVAR formed a global business council at the beginning of last year. Council chairwoman Jennifer Tasto took the lead in planning global programs, hosting global education courses and building awareness of international business opportunities.

In the past year, SILVAR offered two Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institutes attended by realtors across the country. Upon completion of the weeklong courses and other requirements, 43 attendees earned their CIPS designation – 32 were SILVAR members. They were recognized for their efforts at a recent ceremony hosted by the National Association of Realtors.

SILVAR has also offered the national association’s At Home with Diversity certification course, EB-5 Visa workshop and other global programs and events. Last December, SILVAR hosted a delegation of Chinese government officials seeking to learn more about Silicon Valley’s real estate market.

This year’s conference, held in San Francisco Nov. 8-11, drew 20,000 realtors from across the country and around the world. Attendees engaged industry leaders and federal officials on realtors’ top legislative priorities and the obstacles and opportunities facing consumers, the real estate market and the economy.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served as keynote speaker at the conference general session and pledged her support for homeownership.

“One of the key elements of what it has meant to be an American is owning your own home,” said Clinton, who added that she is hopeful the country can “get back to putting the common good ahead of personal and political interests and find ways to bridge the divide” and “do no harm to or make life harder for middle-class families.”

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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