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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

Donations for homeless generate warm response

Much effort has been expended to provide warmth and comfort to the homeless seeking shelter in the Sunnyvale Armory via the “One Warm Scarf” campaign.

They thank you, and I thank you, for all your efforts. The warm items came just in time for the extreme cold weather. Be assured that all the future warm items you make will be delivered directly to our homeless.

Many thanks to all those who donated the yarn. Please note that there is always a need for more yarn.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sandy Goldstein

Los Altos

Rotary Club continues Mandela’s AIDS work

With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, we recognize his efforts in the struggle against AIDS.

Michael Sidibe, head of UNAIDS, the United Nations’ HIV/AIDS agency, said Mandela was “a statesman who had AIDS at the top of his agenda, and he used his stature and presence on the global stage to persuade world leaders to act decisively on AIDS. His legacy will be felt by generations.”

Since 1989, the Rotary Club of Los Altos has also been working to combat AIDS. In fact, we’re the first Rotary Club in the world to focus attention on the AIDS pandemic.

We’re also the first service club in the world to receive the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence (for our attitude-changing AIDS documentary “The Los Altos Story”). Generous response to fundraising efforts had made these projects possible.

While awaiting final approval from The Rotary Foundation for our third grant for Child AIDS Prevention in Liberia, we look forward to our next big effort: helping Los Altos resident and Rotary Club member Allart Ligtenberg launch Child AIDS Prevention in Nepal.

You can help by including the nonprofit Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project in your year-end giving. Make a tax-deductible donation online (rotaryAIDSproject.org) or by check (Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, PO Box 794, Los Altos 94023).

As Nelson Mandela said on World AIDS Day 2000, “Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.”

Thank you for the important Rotary service your contribution will enable.

Marlene Cowan and representatives of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project

Something missing from letter?

After reading the Town Crier letter from Myra Orta (“Bullying starts with the parents,” Dec. 11), I realized that there was some vital information that had been omitted.

Here is my simple request: In the future, when the Town Crier decides to publish a letter like this, please append an editor’s note informing us of the date, time and location where we can pick up the torches and pitchforks.

Thanks for your future help.

Tony Lima

Los Altos

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