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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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FRED HODGE

OBIT Fred Hodge

April 18, 1925 – January 6, 2014

Fred Hodge, a resident of Palo Alto for 44 years, died on January 6th at the age of 88 of congestive heart failure. He had been living at The Forum in Cupertino for the last 3 years, where he was known as "everyone's helper" - running errands for other residents with his Nissan truck. His kindness will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Fred was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1925 to Eleanor and Frank Hodge, and graduated from L.A. High School as the war was breaking out.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1943, and was trained as a Bombadier on B-24's.  He married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Holland, in February 1945. When the war ended they moved to Berkeley to attend the University of California; he graduating in Civil Engineering in January 1950. They always chuckled at being the Beta house fraternity "chaperones" (at 20 years of age), just because they were married!  Fred played football while at CAL, being one of "Pappy's Boys," and maintained these CAL-Beta-Pappy’s Boys associations into his eighties.

Returning to live closer to their families in Southern California after college, he and Eileen raised their 3 children: Brady, Linley (“Twinkie”) and Kerry in Palos Verdes from 1956-1965, and while there Fred earned his MBA from USC.  He then transferred with the FMC Corporation to Palo Alto where he was VP of Sales for Southeast Asia, making routine trips to Asia-Pacific, sometimes accompanied by his wife.  Fred and Eileen were active members of Foothills Tennis Club in Palo Alto, enjoying many years playing tennis and taking bicycle trips with friends.  A life-long active sportsman, Fred's love of fishing & back-packing in the Rockies, skiing all rugged terrain, scuba-diving the different oceans, and tennis around the world with People-to-People Tennis Tours allowed him the opportunity "to meet the greatest people who appreciate the beauty of this magnificent planet!"

After retirement, Fred spent his life volunteering, and for many years traveled to foreign countries with the International Executive Service Corps, offering his business expertise to companies in developing countries.  He was an honorary Camp Counselor at the USC Wrigley Family Science Camp on Catalina Island, until he was 83, guiding the night snorkeling dives for all the families, and soon also became appreciated as the camp's "fix-it" guy.  Fixing anything broken was driven by his engineering skill, and his workbench in his garage was always his "happy place!"  He believed volunteering was his life calling, and he continued his service while at The Forum, making trips to The Goodwill or Ecumenical Hunger with truckloads of donations for other Forum residents.  The beneficiaries and donors were all his pals.

A great joy for "Grandpa Freddie" was watching his grandchildren play their different sports at St. Francis High School, and he could always be seen on the court or field or track between 1996-2009.  He became a favorite fan of each team, and will be remembered for his devotion to his six grandchildren (and their teammates):  Chase ('00), Colby ('03) & Carter ('09) Lyman, and Kelly ('02), Bo ('06) & CJ ('09) Thede. 

Fred was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Eileen, in 2003, and is survived by his 3 children: Brady Hodge of S. Lake Tahoe, Linley ('Twinkie') and Brad Lyman of Los Altos Hills, and Kerry Thede of Los Altos, his 6 grandchildren, sister Ann Hodge Magnuson of Santa Rosa, and many nieces and nephews.  

Private family services will be held at his favorite body-surfing beach, San Clemente, in early April - timed with the arrival of his 2nd great-grandchild, to honor his belief that the Circle of Life is one of God's great gifts. 

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in his name to the YMCA of Silicon Valley, c/o Tony Ganger, Chief Development Officer, 80 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95051.  The YMCA was a significant influence on Fred in his early years and he continued to value their commitment to strengthening individuals, families and communities.

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