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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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St. Francis stuns St. Ignatius in WCAL playoffs

In a match-up between the second-place team and second-to-last-place team, the St. Francis High boys stunned St. Ignatius in the opening round of the West Catholic Athletic League boys basketball playoffs.

The visiting Lancers not only won – they won big. St. Francis doubled up the Crusaders, 64-32.

Coach Steve Filios said last week's game ranks as perhaps the Lancers' best win of the season. It's the first time his squad has advanced beyond the first round of the league playoffs since 2002.

St. Francis entered the Feb. 12 game with a 2-12 record in the WCAL, while St. Ignatius was 8-6. But the Lancers (14-12 overall) played the Crusaders (17-9) close in two earlier games, losing to them in overtime at home and by five points on the road.

This time, St. Francis took control early and never relinquished it.

Up 14-12 after the first quarter, the Lancers pulled away in the second with an 18-5 run. The lead grew to 46-25 at the end of the third and they capped the game with an 18-7 spurt.

"We missed some layups and putbacks early," Filios said. "Then all of a sudden, we made some shots – including 3s – and got into a rhythm, and we got some second chances."

The Lancers finished with eight 3-pointers. Omar Bourgoub scored 17 points to pace St. Francis. Shawn Grant added 12 points and Carter Lyman eight.

"Omar had a nice game," Filios said. "(The scoring) was really balanced, with a lot of players contributing. People did their jobs well, sharing the ball and rebounding."

St. Francis was scheduled to face top seed Mitty in Friday's semifinals. Win or lose, the Lancers were sure to earn a berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs that began this week.

"We're hoping to get a high seed, which should give us a good shot to get to Foothill (College for the quarterfinals)," Filios said.

Eagles close in on title

A 60-52 victory at Monta Vista Feb. 13 put Los Altos on the verge of winning the SCVAL El Camino Division championship.

The Eagles (9-2 division) needed to beat visiting Wilcox in Friday's regular-season finale to win the title, or at least share it with Lynbrook (9-2).

Los Altos jumped to a 23-12 first-quarter advantage against Monta Vista and led 36-23 at halftime.

"We got off to an excellent start and shared the ball as well as we have all year," Eagles coach James Reilly said. "We had several easy buckets against their press and really played unselfish team ball."

The Matadors rallied in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 44-39 by the end of it. The Eagles fended them off in the fourth, thanks to a 16-13 run.

"(Monta Vista) made a good second-half run and hit several difficult shots; they deserve credit for coming back to make it a 3-point game at one point," Reilly said. "However, I'm thrilled with the way we kept our composure and executed down the stretch. We hit free throws and took care of the ball in the final minutes."

The Wells brothers led Los Altos (17-8 overall) in scoring, with Spencer contributing 14 points and Sean 12.

Center Derek Halliwell added 10 points in what was "one of his career-best games," Reilly said. "I'm extremely proud of him. He did everything we asked of him and really blossomed out there tonight into an interior force."

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