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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

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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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

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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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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Obituaries

Norman Blank

Norman Blank, a world renowned radiologist in the analysis and interpretation of chest X-rays at Stanford University School of Medicine, died Aug. 22 at his Los Altos Hills home after a two-year battle with cancer. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was 73.

Mr. Blank served in the United States infantry during World War II. He graduated magna cum laude from Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1948, where he also received his medical degree in 1952.

Mr. Blank came to Stanford University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of radiology in 1962, where he later became an associate and full professor.

He was a founding member and past president of the Fleischner Society.

His real passion in medicine was teaching. He received the student-nominated Henry J. Kaiser award for excellence in teaching numerous times and became professor emeritus and accepted the position as Director of Medical School Admissions, both functions which he performed until his death.

Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Donna; five children and spouses, Roberta Blank and Thomas Yocom, Elizabeth Blank and Peter Wilcox, Rebecca Blank and Jerry Anderson, Lowell Blank and Diana Blank, and Jeannette and Rainey Meszaros; five siblings; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are scheduled at 2 p.m., Oct. 4 at Temple Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

Shelagh Cann

Shelagh Cann died Sept. 4 at her home in Los Altos Hills after a long battle with emphysema. A native of Calgary, Canada, and 40-year Los Altos resident, she was 71.

Mrs. Cann had been active until recent years as a tennis player at the Fremont Hills Country Club and with her husband in the Los Altos Rotary Club and the Foothills Congregational Church.

Mrs. Cann is survived by her husband, Bruce; two children, Graham Cann of Los Altos Hills and Sandra Kiene; and six grandchildren, Kristina, Evan, Kimberley, Ryan, Gabriel and Grainger.

Private family services were held Sept. 6. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Marjorie Cochran

Patton Kaub

Marjorie Cochran Patton Kaub, of Sunnyvale, an organist for Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos for 20 years, died Sept. 14. She was 69.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Mrs. Patton Kaub received a master's degree in music from Indiana University in 1951. She married that same year to Rollin Marcum ("Mark") Patton.

Following Mr. Patton's death in 1988, Mrs. Patton Kaub married Karl F. Kaub in 1990.

In addition to her work at Foothills Congregational, Mrs. Patton Kaub played at First Congregational Church in San Jose and was a substitute musician for various churches, schools and music groups in the Bay Area.

Mrs. Patton Kaub is survived by her mother, Margaret Alcorn Cochran of Dunedin, Fla.; her husband, Karl F. Kaub; her children, Sara Patton of Maui, Hawaii; Tom Patton of Carson City, Nev.; Scott Patton of San Francisco; and Nancy Patton of Sunnyvale; and her stepchildren, Lisa Hernacki of Santa Clarita, and Kurt Kaub of Sunnyvale.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Presbyterian Church of Sunnyvale, 728 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale.

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