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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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Prep roundup

Town Crier Sports Editor

Los Altos spikes Mountain View in three games

Los Altos' girls volleyball team was on a mission last Thursday night: ambush Mountain View.

According to senior Alison Burch, the concept arose after the Eagles' loss to Los Gatos two days earlier. "Mountain View is our rival - we really wanted to kill them. Just go aggro," she said.

And so they did, defeating the Spartans in three straight games - 15-6, 15-12, 15-6 - at Los Altos. Los Altos improved to 5-6 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, while Mountain View dropped to 3-7.

In Los Altos' second victory over Mountain View this season, the Eagles benefited from the outstanding play of Burch, Jayme Fulford, Becca Saenz and Kristi Winters.

Each provided several highlight-film moments:

Los Altos Coach Paul Lyles felt defense was the key to Thursday's victory. "We shut down their best players," he said. "We worked with two defensive schemes and executed them. I don't think they had a kill that didn't hit one of our players."

Intimidation was also a factor. "There was a lot of rivalry through the net," said an ecstatic Burch following the match. "But we showed them who's who."

On the night, Los Altos held big hitter Kristi Lezchuk to four kills, all of which came in the final game. But she hustled on defense: During one long rally, Lezchuk made diving digs on a pair of Saenz spikes before she snuck in the third for a point.

Other highlights for Mountain View included the offensive play of Belle Chesler (five kills) and defense of Ashley Fay and Lisa Wurm.

Boys Water Polo

Mountain View received goals from seven different players in its 17-11 win over Los Altos last Wednesday.

Scoring for the Spartans were Matt Stone (six), Soro Salerno (three), Peter Skeehan (two), David Boggs (two), Colvin Pitts (two), David Skeehan and Brian Begun. Mountain View led 7-4 at the half, and kept the three-goal advantage until late in the fourth period. Then, with Los Altos behind 14-11, the Spartans reeled off three goals to seal the victory.

With the win, Mountain View upped its SCVAL De Anza Division record to 4-1 and remains in a second-place deadlock with Los Gatos. The two square off 6 p.m. tonight at West Valley College in their last division match.

Los Altos - which dropped to 0-5 in division play - kept the score close Wednesday with tallies from Marc Hermsmeyer, Steve Joh, Bryan Jones, Cory Nakamoto and Rabindra Watson.

"Los Altos kept pecking away. They hung in there and played really well," said Mountain View Coach Steve McCoy.

Mountain View continued its winning ways last Saturday at the Menlo Tournament. The Spartans notched the title with victories over Leland (10-2), St. Francis (10-8) and Hollister (13-7).

High scorers for the locals, who finished 5-0 in the tourney, were Stone (13 goals), Boggs (seven) and Salerno (seven).

Girls Field Hockey

It was quite a road trip for Los Altos over the weekend. Behind goals from Lea Jaeger, Ani Youatt, Karen Finch and Katie Johnson, the Eagles came home champions of the Chico Tournament.

The Eagles, who upped their overall record to 9-2-4, triumphed over Pleasant Valley (2-1) and Chico (1-0) in early round games, and shut out Davis (1-0) in the final.

In individual victories, Jaeger and Johnson were selected to the all-tournament team, and sweeper Anne Rippetoe was named most valuable defensive player.

Football

Besides only attracting a sparse crowd to a home game last Friday afternoon, Los Altos also failed to put any points on the scoreboard in its 35-0 loss to Lynbrook.

But Lynbrook's running backs Jerry Cabral and Paul Koh showed up at Tom Burt Field - and the duo put on quite a show. The senior stars amassed 191 yards rushing, 125 yards receiving and scored all five of the Vikings' touchdowns.

Koh (who rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 50 yards) barreled in from 10 yards out for Lynbrook's opening score at the close of the first quarter.

Then Cabral took over. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder collected 105 yards on 15 carries and grabbed three passes for 75 yards; his touchdown runs were for 1, 3 and 3 yards, while his TD reception was an exciting 58-yard cross-field jaunt.

Los Altos - minus injured Willie Howard and several others - did muster up a few fine plays, including running back Victor Ambruso's 21-yard weaving run and Kevin Sayers' 26-yard reception over the top of a Lynbrook defender.

The Eagles are 0-4 division and 1-7 overall.

  • Besides playing solid defense, Fulford broke a 12-12 tie in the second game with a punching, cross-court kill. Karen Tanaka's ace (she finished with four) and Winters' game-winning blast followed.
  • Saenz also registered 10 kills, mixing in an array of dinks and rockets. Her final kill of the night caromed off a Mountain View block to end the match.

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