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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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Bayshore Christian Ministries uses technology to hook teens


Courtesy of Bayshore Christian Ministries
Bayshore Christian Ministries is using technology to draw students in, but its core mission is to develop the next generation of leaders who choose to remain in the community.

With Facebook mere miles to the north and Google to the south, Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) aims to share a slice of the high-tech pie.

The faith-based organization, an East Palo Alto mainstay that for three decades has served youth through its year-round tutoring, mentoring and Bible club activities, saw its focus expand in 2013 as teens clamored for a place at the technology table.

BCM piloted two programs – the EPA Chica Squad and Teens ’n Tech – to introduce youth to computer science and programming principles.

According to Executive Director Rolando Zeledon, the initiatives are designed to engage youth, teach them practical skills and, most importantly, challenge them to create products that move the community forward in a positive, influential way.

“Holistically, it’s not just about the skills, and it’s not just about leadership – though, obviously, that combination is powerful – it’s about what they do with those skills,” he said. “It’s value-centered, and we focus on developing the character values that come along with that.”

Zeledon sees another benefit for his BCM charges, who often lack the exposure, means and resources to pursue tech-related activities like robotics.

“What’s the biggest need we have?” he asked. “Hope. We still have kids who come from broken homes, broken situations.”

Often, according to Zeledon, kids raised in East Palo Alto define success as leaving – moving to another community.

“But imagine the economic transformation that could happen when you equip a child with not just the tech skills to remain in the community, but also with a passion and heart for that community,” he said. “Here at BCM, we’re helping kids think about serving others. Technology is the hook, but we have a bigger commission – serving deep is what we’re about.”

In the big picture, Zeledon said, BCM wants to impart technical knowledge that leads to 21st-century workplace skills, but the programming is designed for students to “discover their gifting.”

“We want students to realize, ‘We all have different gifts, we all have different skills, but together we can come up with something,’” he said. “It’s a win-win – tech plus character.”

Despite the new high-tech offerings, BCM remains committed to boosting literacy. The organization used last year’s Town Crier Holiday Fund contribution to expand its KidSmart tutoring program, enabling 20 percent more students to enroll. BCM will use the 2014 Holiday Fund donation to shore up its programs.

As Bayshore Christian Ministries celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gala event May 4, the organization’s board plans to conduct a strategic review and update its programs.

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