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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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Letters to the Editor

Participate – for the sake of art

Last weekend, my wife and I enjoyed touring several of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos” exhibits.

We found the most interesting part in the back room of 359 State St., exploring the exhibit “Everything Is Perfect.” We talked at length with charming Czech artist Katerina Šedá. She is becoming widely known on both sides of the Atlantic for her installation art – she has done work at the Berlin Biennale, the Tate Modern, the University of Chicago and numerous other sites. She has brought to Los Altos a similar social artwork.

Her exhibit is a web-based framework in the form of a contest that challenges Los Altos residents to write what makes them exceptional.

Everyone is best at something – what is it? She creates a game that may be comfortable for children but can be a challenge for competitive adults. And what a great challenge it is to come up with something humorous and out of the ordinary! (One child claims to have the largest collection of roly-polys.)

Šedá asks us to share that uniqueness with others and complete the project by submitting a listing. The final artwork is created by residents, but only if we participate.

Mike McCusker

Los Altos

Spotlighting another ‘Festival of Lights’

Put down that turkey leg! Stop checking that list! The Lively Foundation’s “Festival of Lights” is here to remind you of the reasons for the season.

Lively’s “Festival of Lights” is a concert featuring songs, dances, theater and storytelling, all related to light in many holidays at the end of the calendar year.

After 15 years of applause from a dedicated following in San Francisco, The Lively Foundation will brighten the mid-Peninsula with the “Festival of Lights” 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

Guest artists include elves, ribbon dancers, a dragon, Jonathan Clark on bass and dancers Julia Canavese, Amity Johnson, Vanessa Nudd and Etta Walton. I am the production’s choreographer and writer.

Forget about searching for parking – there is a lot of free parking around the Masonic Center and its own lot right behind the building – just let your little light shine. The “Festival of Lights” will renew your personal energy source.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 over age 65 or under 10.

For tickets and more information, visit livelyfoundation.org

Leslie Friedman Artistic director

The Lively Foundation

Mountain View

‘Master Tech’ offers valuable advice

One of my favorite Town Crier features is “Ask the Master Tech.” Warren McCord’s pragmatic advice is very useful to all drivers. We are indeed fortunate to benefit from his expertise.

I never miss reading his column, and I remind family members to do likewise.

Judy Fimmel

Los Altos Hills

‘Prime Time Dads’ available at Linden Tree Books

Thank you for that wonderful article on Len Filppu’s appearance at Linden Tree Books to discuss his book “Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood” (“Author touts joys, advantages of ‘prime time’ fatherhood,” Nov. 20).

Our only wish is that you could have mentioned that “Prime Time Dads” is available at our lovely brick-and-mortar independent bookstore!

Los Altos Town Crier readers can buy and order books at Linden Tree rather than going online to help keep a great children’s independent bookstore in Los Altos.

Dee Ellmann

Linden Tree Books

Los Altos

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