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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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