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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
High-tech vice president by day, screenwriter by night, Mountain View resident Robert Frostholm pursues his passion for storytelling.

Robert Frostholm has always been a storyteller.

Until a couple of years ago, however, hi...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Oshman JCC hosts panel on Judaism and Science

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 39...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Christmas at Our House: St. Francis Holiday Home Tour celebrates 25 years


School’s annual Christmas at Our House fundraiser showcases holiday place settings.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays near and St. Francis High School prepares for its 25th annual Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour, scheduled Dec. 5-7.

Beginning with the Twilight Tour and followed by a Christmas party, home tours and a tea, luncheon and boutique, the annual event spans three days and provides multiple avenues for fundraising for construction of new school facilities for St. Francis’ expanding student body. Over the years, Christmas at Our House has raised more than $2 million for the school.

Founded in 1988 by Ann Morey, vice president of St. Francis’ Women’s Club, the first Christmas at Our House tour featured four homes in the South Bay.

Christmas at Our Home has become the Women’s Club’s largest event, attracting help from a wide range of local residents, from the volunteers running the event to the guests who attend. St. Francis students play an integral role, drawing sketches of the homes, entertaining tour-goers as student musicians and staffing the event as volunteers.

Homes on the tour

This year’s home tour showcases four residences reflective of different architectural styles.

• A newly constructed New England-style home that provides a warm and welcoming environment for a busy St. Francis family. The three-story home features interior design by Heidi Menard of Ambiance Interiors in its wine lounge, chef’s kitchen and downstairs entertainment room/gym. Architect Jim Redman of Elements Landscape designed the backyard landscaping.

• A home with an interior layout modeled after the traditional ranch houses of old Los Altos. Although the exterior finishes of the home are more reminiscent of the East Coast - with white siding and stone - the owners envisioned building a house that blended into the neighborhood and looked as if it were built over time. The house, built by general contractor and former St. Francis teacher John Komo and his daughter, St. Francis alumna Jennifer Paulson, boasts a traditional foyer, formal living and dining rooms, a wood-paneled office, four en-suite bedrooms and a children’s playroom above the three-car garage. Interior designer Julie Brown of Brownhouse Design helped select the finishes. Situated on a large, flat lot, the 6,500-square-foot house includes a large patio for entertaining, a pool, a pool house, a parterre garden, a small apricot orchard - a nod to early Los Altos - and a number of other fruit and pepper trees.

• A two-story Monterey-style remodel, a well-preserved example retaining nearly all of its original exterior design features. Among other highlights, the multipane glazed wood door with hand-wrought iron hardware, the metal doorbell with pull and the ornamental relief panel adjacent to the front door offer hints of the home’s history. Constructed circa 1933, the home was listed in 2008 on the Los Altos Historic Resources Inventory.

• A Tuscan-style villa in Los Altos Hills sits on a hill, with a quarter-acre vineyard, reminiscent of the Italian countryside. Large living room windows frame the expansive view. The backyard boast three fireplaces and unique seatng areas.

Tickets

• Christmas Party and Tour tickets, $125, include a hosted cocktail buffet and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills 7-10 p.m. Dec. 5. Tour tickets may be used 4-7 p.m. Dec. 5 or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 or 7. Tickets are limited.

• Home Tour tickets, $40-$45, include tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a discount.

• Elegant Luncheon Buffet tickets, $30, include a luncheon and boutique at Fremont Hills Country Club 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6.

For tickets and more information, visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

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