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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

Bunco fundraiser supports Fisher House

The Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled “Let’s Play Bunco” 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The fundraiser will benefit the Fisher House at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which provides a temporary home for the families of hospitalized veterans. The event includes prizes, a raffle and a buffet lunch.

A $30 donation is requested.

For more information, call 948-3553 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

San Antonio Hills schedules yearly meeting

The San Antonio Hills Homeowners Association has scheduled its annual meeting 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is scheduled to speak. Residents of the Country Club area are encouraged to attend.

Sign-in and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit sanantoniohills.com.

WomenSV confronts domestic violence

WomenSV, the Los Altos Community Foundation’s support network for victims of domestic violence, has scheduled its second Women Rising event noon Feb. 14 at Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

The date coincides with the international One Billion Rising for Justice event, a day on which 1 billion women and men around the world pledge to confront the statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

WomenSV, in collaboration with the Cardea Center for Women, At the Well and other women’s groups, invites local women and men to join with people around the world at the gathering, affirming their commitment to work together toward a world in which every woman and child lives in safety, peace and freedom.

Organizers invite attendees to bring a poem, song, flower or valentine to share what healthy love means to them: respect, forgiveness, patience, compassion, the sharing of hopes and dreams.

Space is limited.

RSVP by Tuesday by calling 996-2200.

For more information, visit womensv.org.

Docent discusses work of Matisse

Fine-arts docent Ellen Harden is scheduled to discuss the “Matisse from SFMOMA” exhibition 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Henri Matisse, the French Impressionist and Neoimpressionist painter, is known for his use of color and influence on the evolution of modern art in the early 20th century.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 7 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art while it undergoes renovation.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

MV Senior Center hosts Aging in Place event

The city of Mountain View and the Druker Center for Innovation have scheduled the third annual Aging in Place conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature an array of seminars of interest to seniors and their families. Topics include “Is It Alzheimer’s or Is It Normal Aging?” “Living with Arthritis,” “Strategies for Success for People with Vision Loss” and “How to Get the Most Out of Your Golden Years.”

Admission is free. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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

Meeting on coexisting with coyotes scheduled

The Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee has scheduled a public information meeting on the behavior, biology and role of coyotes in urban ecosystems 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Los Altos Hills Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Wildlife expert Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, will be on hand to answer questions about the presence of coyotes in the local community and how residents can prevent conflicts between domestic animals and coyotes.

For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov.

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