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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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A little more elbow room : Expansion at State Street's Pompeii Ristorante nearly complete


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pompeii Ristorante currently has a 46-seat capacity in its main dining room. Co-owner Gilbert Gutierrez, pictured, plans to add more than 20 seats by expanding into the space next door.

A project nearly two years in the making is about to cross the finish line.

Gabriel and Felipe Gutierrez, owners of Pompeii Ristorante at 100 State St., told the Town Crier last week that work to expand their popular Italian eatery is nearing completion. Barring any unforeseen problems, the brothers plan to open the additional dining area no later than Valentine’s Day.

News of the restaurant’s addition came in March 2012 after the duo opted for a larger restaurant area and leased the former home of Donut Du Jour at 108 State St., next to Pompeii.

The expansion will add more than 20 seats to the restaurant’s existing 46-seat dining area. Pompeii also offers 30-plus outdoor patio seats – added space that is frequently unavailable during the cold and rainy seasons.

“It will mean being able to do more things and (accommodate) more customers – and that’s good. We like that,” Felipe said.

He added that the impetus behind the expansion was simple – to more efficiently serve customers who would otherwise be forced to wait 30 to 45 minutes for a table in the restaurant’s main dining area.

The duo attributed the duration of the nearly two-year project to several factors, including the city’s lengthy approval process for the expansion plan and the time needed for renovations, which began in earnest in September.

Gabriel said the added space would allow them to accommodate larger parties during lunch and dinner. In addition to more tables and shorter wait times for customers, the new space will also provide a larger work area for the employees and a second restroom for patrons.

“It’s going to help a lot,” said Gabriel, who along with Felipe opened Pompeii at the corner of Fourth and State streets approximately seven years ago. “Everything just looks bigger. It’s going to be easier to do a lot of things, like storing more inventory.”

The Gutierrez brothers are quick to express their gratitude for the support – and patience – they’ve received from regular customers during the 23 months needed to complete the project. After all, they noted, the restaurant’s expansion is ultimately the result of a growing and loyal customer base.

“Every day we’d have customers who would ask, ‘When are you going to open next door?’” Gabriel said. “We really do have good customers, and they make us feel like we’re family. It’s like they’ve known us forever.”

For more information, visit pompeii- ristorante.com.

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