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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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Goldsmith ends 34-year run in Los Altos: Dean's Designs closing its doors at the end of 2013


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dean’s Designs at 328 Main St. is closing its doors at the end of 2013 after more than 30 years in downtown Los Altos. Larry Hayano purchased the custom goldsmith business from founder Dean Yoshimizu in 1990. Long-time employees, from left, include Lynda Newlon, Pamela Palajac, Ruth Aguirre and Gigi Luna.

Retirement will mean the end of the line for a downtown Los Altos business that first opened its doors in 1979.

Custom goldsmith Dean’s Designs at 328 Main St. is shuttering its doors at the end of the year following owner and master goldsmith Larry Hayano’s retirement. The retailer is currently running a retirement sale through its final day – Dec. 31 – in Los Altos.

Pamela Palajac – the store’s graduate jeweler gemologist – told the Town Crier that Hayano began planning his retirement in 2012 and called the end of Dean’s Designs a bittersweet moment for the goldsmith and its staff. Hayano, a member of the American Gem Society, was unavailable for comment last week.

“I’d definitely say it’s melancholy,” Palajac said. “But we’re also far too busy to let that interrupt what we’re doing.”

Hayano assumed ownership of the business after purchasing it in 1990 from the original Dean – retiring founder and childhood friend Dean Yoshimizu. Prior to taking over the business, Hayano worked with Yoshimizu as a jewelry designer and repairer.

Palajac credited a loyal following for the goldsmith’s longtime success, noting that several customers who no longer live in the area still ship items to the store regularly for cleanings – a service the store has performed free of charge since its opening. Pointing to its 30-plus years in downtown Los Altos, Palajac added that the retailer’s following is also a multigenerational affair.

“Larry has seen parents come in here, and now we’re seeing their kids getting married, too,” said Palajac, who began working for Hayano six years ago and has 25 years of experience in the business. “It’s been very cool to be a part of something like that.”

Since Hayano announced his retirement plans, Palajac said the store has been the site of a few tearful goodbyes from regular customers who learned of its pending closure.

“We had a customer recently who was crying as she was walking out of here,” Palajac said. “She’ll miss having that connection and seeing Larry in here.”

But the customers aren’t the only ones who will miss the store, added Palajac. She said she’ll specifically miss Hayano himself, as well as the familylike working atmosphere the goldsmith’s small staff enjoys on a daily basis.

“We’re very tight and we work incredibly well together,” Palajac said of her colleagues. “It’s really the best job.”

For more information, visit deansdesigns.net.

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