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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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Community Briefs

Concert benefits LightHouse for Blind

Longtime Los Altos residents Steve Gill and his daughter, Anne, have scheduled “‘The Song Is You’: Kern (Jerome) and Cahn (Sammy) Go to Hollywood,” the 13th annual Benefit Concert for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Los Altos resident Mollie Thompson and former Los Altos resident Linda Jordan will join Anne and Steve at this year’s tribute to composers Kern and Cahn. The concert will also feature seven alumni of Menlo School and three Menlo faculty members.

A $15 donation is requested. Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call Steve or Nancy Gill at 948-4648.

MROSD schedules January hikes

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has scheduled two hikes Thursday:

• “Tafoni Trek,” 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at El Corte de Madera Creek.

• “Winter in the Watershed,” 10 a.m. to noon at Picchetti Ranch.

For reservations, directions, a complete list of hikes and more information, call 691-1200 or visit openspace.org.

Local artists display work at museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s contemporary art exhibition, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward,” runs through March 23.

The project celebrates local artists with a juried exhibition in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

The display complements the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s off-site exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” scheduled to run through March at various venues across the city.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Homestay program needs host families

The International Student Placements program at Foothill and De Anza colleges needs host families for international students.

The program has placed students with local families for more than 20 years.

Host families are asked to provide a private or double bedroom and share meals and kitchen privileges. The arrangements start in August and end in June.

Hosts are paid between $825 and $1,000 per month.

For more information, call Sarah Joy at (408) 464-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘One Warm Scarf’ campaign continues

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein continues her annual “One Warm Scarf” campaign to help the area’s homeless residents. She collects used hats, gloves and scarves to ease the winter chill.

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

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