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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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No signs of slowing down : Los Altos realtor celebrates 89th birthday, plans to keep working


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier 
Harold Hughes began his career in real estate at age 69. Hughes celebrated his 89th birthday last week.

Coldwell Banker realtor Harold Hughes isn’t letting age slow him down anytime soon.

Hughes, who embarked on a third career as a realtor nearly 21 years ago, celebrated his 89th birthday last week with a large contingent of colleagues and friends – as well as a sizable birthday cake – at the Coldwell Banker offices at 161 S. San Antonio Road. The 36-year Los Altos resident, who works part time, told the Town Crier that he has no plans to call it a career anytime soon.

“I have to do something, you know,” Hughes said with a chuckle. “When I started in real estate, I was determined to work in (the industry) for 20 years. Maybe now I’ll make it 25.”

And work is certainly nothing new to Hughes, who still lives in the same Los Altos house he and his wife, Joy, purchased in 1977.

The son of a Kentucky tobacco farmer, Hughes joined the Navy at the age of 18, serving in World War II and the Korean War before retiring in 1963 after a 20-year military career. He served an additional 10 years as a reservist, then worked for VWR International LLC in Brisbane, a global laboratory supply company, where he ascended from salesman to the company’s management ranks before retiring once again in 1989 at age 65.

Despite a second retirement, Hughes said he still had the bug to continue working and attempted to form a startup to compete with VWR. However, the venture proved to be short-lived and he found himself pursuing a third career in real estate.

“I knew I still wanted to do something,” said Hughes, who began taking courses in real estate in the early 1990s. “At the time, things were booming and I just needed something to do.”

Meanwhile, Hughes’ colleagues said he’s a continuing source of laughs, inspiration and entertaining stories of years gone by to all who know him.

Fellow Coldwell Banker realtor and Los Altos resident Kathryn Tomaino said Hughes stands out because of his loyalty and work ethic, among other qualities.

“My dad was a World War II vet also, and Harold is kind of the last of the breed,” said Tomaino, in reference to the “Greatest Generation.”

“He’s very loyal, as you can see – he’s been here 20 years,” she continued. “He’s always out there and very involved. I think it’s what keeps him young.”

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