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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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ELFRIEDE “ELFIE” WIESENDANGER

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OBIT ElfriedeWiesendanger2

   
1/11/1927 – 11/19/2013
Resident of Los Altos

On November 19, 2013 we lost a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and overall terrific human being after battling dementia for the last several years.

Elfie was born and raised in Switzerland and married her husband Hans in May, 1954. In 1955, Hans took a research position at UCLA and they immigrated to California. Elfie was pregnant with their first child Thomas, who coincidentally was the first baby born in the new UCLA hospital. While Hans’s assignment at UCLA was for two years, they fell in love with California and never went back home. In 1957 they moved to Mountain View and then to Los Altos in 1967.

Elfie was a stay at home mom raising 4 children, often singlehandedly as Hans often travelled internationally for work. While a credentialed kindergarten teacher in Switzerland, she went back to school and received her Library degree from Foothill College. As the kids grew up, in 1974 Elfie hired into the Germanic Studies area of the Green Library at Stanford University. She loved to sing and was a member of the Stanford Symphonic Choir for over 10 years. Elfie retired from Stanford after 20 years and in 2004, Elfie and Hans move to Vi in Palo Alto to enjoy their senior years.

In addition to singing, Elfie loved classical music, fine art, entertaining, knitting and raising flowers. She took art appreciation classes well into her 60’s. Elfie was a very strong woman swimming every day or walking to keep fit. She doted on her grandkids taking them to the park, the ballet, movies and playing games with them. Elfie and Hans were members of the Peninsula Swiss Club for over 30 years.

Elfie was preceded in death by her youngest son Felix Paul, who passed away in 1991, after a lengthy illness. During that period she was a tremendous, devoted care giver to Felix ensuring his final days were as comfortable as possible.

Elfie is survived by her husband Hans of 59 years, her son Thomas and his wife Dodi from Zurich Switzerland, her Daughter Brigitte and her husband Eric Imhof of Pinole, CA and son Mark and his wife Judy, of Danville, CA and her beloved grandchildren Sarah and Jonas Wiesendanger living in Zurich, Switzerland; Eric Pierson Imhof in Pinole, and Christina and Kathryn Wiesendanger in Danville.

While we mourn her loss here on earth, we are thankful that she did not suffer and that now after 22 long years, she is reunited with her son Felix Paul.

A celebration of life will be held at 2p.m. on January 11, at the Vi located at 620 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, CA. The family is especially grateful to the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Vi, who were always very warm and compassionate, and always had a smile on their face.

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