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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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Real estate association installs 2014 leadership team


courtesy of Nancy Tonna
Members of the 2014 board of directors of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors took the oath of office Jan. 9.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors installed its 2014 leadership team Jan. 9 at Villa Ragusa in Campbell.

California Association of Realtors President Kevin Brown administered the oath of office to SILVAR’s new president, Alain Pinel Realtors’ David Tonna, and incoming board of directors.

A realtor for 25 years, Tonna served on SILVAR’s board of directors 2004-2007, and from 2009 until the present. He has served as California Association of Realtors Region 9 director since 2005. Tonna has been a member of numerous committees, including Education, PRDS Forms, Budget and Finance, Political Action and Pro Standards, and served as chairman of the Bay Area Realtors Leadership Academy.

Christopher Isaacson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Woodside, will serve as SILVAR’s president-elect. Phyllis Carmichael, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, took the oath as the organization’s new treasurer.

SILVAR’s 2014 board of directors includes Carolyn Miller of RE/MAX Real Estate Services, past president; Suzanne Yost of Alain Pinel Realtors, Region 9 chairwoman; Lehua Greenman of Coldwell Banker, Menlo Park/Atherton District chairwoman; Jeff Beltramo of Coldwell Banker, Palo Alto District chairman; Bonnie Kehl and Joe Brown of Coldwell Banker, co-chairs of the Los Altos/Mountain View District; Sue Bose of Referral Realty, Cupertino/Sunnyvale District chairwoman; Mark Von Kaenel of Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, Los Gatos/Saratoga District chairman; John Tripp of Foundation Trust, National Association of Realtors director; Jeff Bell of Coldwell Banker, Mark Burns of Referral Realty, Eileen Giorgi of Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, Bill Moody of Referral Realty, Karen Trolan of Alain Pinel Realtors, directors-at-large; and Simon Offord of the Law Offices of Peter Brewer, affiliate chairman.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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