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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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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CHARLES (CHUCK/CANDY) JOHN CANDIANO

OBIT CharlesCandiano

Chuck was born February 8, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Concettina (Avola) and Carlo Candiano. He grew up in an Italian-Polish neighborhood in Chicago, and attended Wells High School, where he played trumpet in the school band and participated in student govt. and theater. An avid music lover, he managed to see all the popular Big Bands of the era whenever they came to town.

Following HS, he worked 4 years at Wrap-In-Wax Paper Company before attending University of Arizona in Tucson, where he continued to play the trumpet, joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and received a BS in Business Administration/Advertising. To fulfill his ROTC requirements, he completed 2 years of military service in the US Army, serving as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in Recon Company, 4th Infantry Division.

In 1957, Chuck and Sally Neill married in Encino, California after meeting in the US Officer’s Club in Frankfurt, Germany where he was stationed after WWII and she was employed at the US Embassy in the Foreign Service Corps. They lived briefly in Arizona, where Chuck attended the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird). From there, while he pursued a career in international business, they moved to Wash. DC, NYC, Chicago and New Mexico before moving to Los Altos, CA, where they lived for 37 years and raised their daughter, Nicole.

Chuck worked in the wine industry in CA (Italian Swiss Colony, Christian Brothers, Mirassou) for 34 years. He traveled extensively overseas during this time, a pioneer in the export of CA wines in an era when they were just beginning to be recognized around the world. Chuck was chosen to accompany the Sect. of State of CA on a trade mission to Asia during the late 1970’s…a career highlight. He maintained warm and long-lasting friendships over the years with his business contacts in many countries.

Chuck and Sally retired to Cloverdale, CA in 2000, where they enjoyed visiting the nearby wineries and the redwood forests of Northern CA, and made many new friends. In 2006, they moved to WA to be closer to family and resided at Emerald Heights in Redmond, where their circle of friends expanded again.

Chuck was a devoted husband, exemplary father, and proud grandfather. Family always came first for him.  Following a serious stroke in the late 90s, he endured many years of disability with humor and grace, always making sure others were comfortable. His generosity was immeasurable.

Chuck died November 19, 2013. He was 84.

Chuck is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sally, and sister, Nancy Mylander. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole; son-in-law, Bruce (Johnson); granddaughter, Caya; sister, Grace Santangelo (Bartlett, IL); one niece, four nephews and their families.

A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 14, 11AM at Emerald Heights, Redmond, WA. A Funeral Mass will be said on Dec. 16, 9AM at St. Jude Catholic Church, Redmond WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The EvergreenHealth Foundation, Hospice Services, 12040 NE 128th St, MS 5, Kirkland, WA, 98034-3013, https://foundation.evergreenhospital.org OR Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780. 866-7-TROOPS. https://www.hfotusa.org/donate. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the guestbook at: www.flintofts.com.

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