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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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Sports on the Side

Holiday hoops camp

Spartans Sports Camp’s second Coed Holiday Basketball Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 26-28 and 30-31 at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. It is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8. Mountain View High coaches and alumni will teach participants how to improve their shooting, ball handling, defense and other skills. Registration is $195; partial sessions may be prorated. To register and for more information, visit spartanssportscamp.com.

Tree for sports

The MVLA High School Christmas Tree Lot is open for business at the corner of El Camino Real and El Monte Avenue in Mountain View. Hours are 4-7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends. Purchases are tax deductible; proceeds benefit the sports programs at Los Altos and Mountain View highs. For more information, visit mvlatrees.com.

Volleyball openings

The Aloha Volleyball Club, directed by Los Altos High girls coach Peter Kim, has open positions on several teams, from 12 Pink (Area level) to 18 Aloha (Power). For more information, visit alohavbc.com.

PONY up for baseball

Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball registration has opened for the spring season. The league is for boys and girls ages 5-19. Practice begins in March and the season runs through June. To register and for more information, visit lamvpb.org.

Softball sign-ups

Mountain View-Los Altos Girls Softball is registering players for the spring season. The league is open to girls 5-16. No experience necessary; everyone plays. Clinics are offered to develop skills. To register and for more information, visit mvlags.org.

Coaches wanted

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for varsity and JV gymnastics and varsity boys tennis. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CIF seeks All-Century noms

The California Interscholastic Federation is accepting nominations for its All-Century Teams. The CIF governs the state’s high school sports. Former student-athletes who demonstrated significant athletic contributions in CIF-approved sports are eligible and anyone can nominate a student-athlete they deem worthy. Winter sports nominations will be accepted through February and spring nominations March through May (fall sports nominations closed in November). Voting will take place during the next school year. For more information, visit cifstate.org.

Tennis, anyone?

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The long-standing club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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