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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

Don’t drive small businesses out

It looks as if our community may lose a small, independent business, The Milk Pail, to a very dense development that will increase crowding and traffic.

The change in zoning that would allow this would happen in the name of “smart growth.” According to “smart growth” advocates, we would preserve rural land by making the Bay Area more crowded and polluted.

This is not realistic. If someone owns land in a rural area and that land can be built on, then he or she will develop that land if and when he or she chooses.

The United States constitutes roughly 5 percent of the world population, yet we consume at least 25 percent of the world’s resources. We do not need any more development in the Bay Area.

I hope that Mountain View residents will rise up as the “No on Measure D” Palo Altans did, to stop this terrible zoning change.

Jennifer Couperus

Mountain View

Call issued to help wounded vet

I am on the board of the San Jose Travel Industry Professionals, and every December, we host a fundraising dinner. We pick a local charity to give our funds to.

When I heard about Army Sgt. Brian Jergens, I thought it was a good idea to share his story in case you would like to help.

Brian and his wife, Jennifer, both 18, had been married for a few months when she received a call that Brian, a medic, had been gravely injured when an explosive device hit his Humvee. He lost his legs and suffered brain injury, hearing loss, internal organ damage, a broken neck and severe damage to his right elbow. He was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. It has been two years of hell for him, and when they were told that the organization Homes for Our Troops would be giving him a special adapted home Dec. 12, they were thrilled and moved to Hollister.

Last July, another miracle happened: They had a 7-pound boy, Jackson.

This young couple could use help as they are starting off with little in the way of possessions.

If anyone would like to donate a gift card, that would be great. If you want to give a check and take a tax deduction, the check should be made payable to “Homes for Our Troops, for Brian Jergens.” Send donations to Maureen Jones, All Horizons Travel, 160 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attention: Brian Jergens Fund.

Call me with any questions at 941-5810.

Maureen Jones

Los Altos

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