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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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Leaders sing praises of unsung volunteers


Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Pictured from left are honorees: (front row) Lenelle Smith, Pat Ley, Nomi Trapnell; Suzanne Epstein and Bobbie Huston; (back row) David Struthers, Kristen Fuller, David Casas, Rochelle Bochner and Steve Lohr. Not pictured is honoree Allan Epstein. Lohr received special recognition for donating J. Lohr wine to the event for more than 15 years.

Town Crier Report

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee honored 10 local residents at its annual luncheon Friday.

The event recognized behind-the-scenes volunteers from both communities. Los Altos resident and longtime volunteer Duncan MacVicar served as keynote speaker, addressing the audience on the importance of giving back.

This year’s honorees and the organizations they serve are as follows:

• Barbara “Bobbie” Huston: Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade for more than 36 years, past Almond School PTA president, co-founder of Los Altos Community Foundation.

• Rochelle Bochner: Co-founder of Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides funds to send at-risk youth to wilderness camps. She’s also on the boards of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula and the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto.

• Nomi Trapnell: Los Altos History Museum, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Newcomers Club.

• Allan and Suzanne Epstein: Friends of the Library of Los Altos. Stanford Parents’ Club, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee, Westwind Community Barn.

• David Casas: Former Los Altos councilman, Community Health Awareness Council Board, Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Finance, Little League, Los Altos Fourth of July picnic chairman.

• Pat Ley: Los Altos Hills Environmental and Design Committee for 13 years, involved in town art exhibitions for 25 years, Los Altos Hills Water Conservation Committee.

• Kristen Fuller: Los Altos History Museum board; founded and organizes annual Train Days event.

• Lenelle Smith: Los Altos Library Endowment board, North County Library Authority Board, Los Altos Library Commission, Friends of the Library of Los Altos chairwoman.

• David Struthers: Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee chairman, Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community, Library Commission chairman, math tutor, California Native Plant Society, Hidden Villa.

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