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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Eagles no match for Menlo: LA boys fall 6-1 in section quarterfinals

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Joe Hu/Town Crier
Top singles player Denny Fafek was the lone Los Altos High player to earn a win against Menlo in last week's Central Coast Section quarterfinal match. The Eagles end the season with a 15-8 record.

The Central Coast Section didn't do Los Altos High any favors by changing the boys tennis playoffs from two divisions to one this year.

Had the 2006 format remained, coach Cuong Duong believes the Eagles would have made it back to the title match rather than lose in the quarterfinals.

"I think we would have met Bellarmine in the finals," he said after Los Altos exited the playoffs with a 6-1 setback at Menlo on May 7.

The Eagles faced the Bells in last year's Division I final and lost 4-3. This year, Menlo - a Division II team in 2006 - met Bellarmine for the title and won it.

Menlo has never been a good matchup for Los Altos. The Knights have won 11 of their last 12 meetings with the Eagles. Although Los Altos lost just 4-3 at Menlo April 18 in a non-league match, Duong said the result was misleading.

"They were missing three guys last time," he said. "All of them were there this time around."

Sixth-seeded Los Altos (15-8) was simply overmatched by No. 3 Menlo (19-3) last week. The Knights' six wins came in straight sets.

"They're just a better team," Duong said. "When we left, we felt we tried our best, but Menlo just beat us. They're deeper and played a better match."

Top singles player Denny Fafek saved Los Altos from being shut out. The senior prevailed 7-5, 7-5 to keep his perfect record intact.

"He played great - and on a really hot day when it was over 90 degrees," Duong said of the Fresno State-bound Fafek. "He just played his game."

The Eagles' No. 2 player, junior Jeff Liu, fell 6-1, 6-1.

"There were a lot of close points," Duong said, "but the score doesn't indicate that."

Junior Jonathan Tran and senior Mehran Umerani lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Los Altos has been particularly strong in doubles - all three teams won in straight sets against Harker in the second round of CCS - but didn't look like it against Menlo.

"That's our strength, but they're even better," Duong said of the Knights, who didn't lose a set in doubles in the quarterfinal.

The top team of seniors Morgan Moy and Nathan Manashirov came closest to beating Menlo.

"They played pretty well in the first set - it was 7-5 - then they lost 6-1," Duong said. "There were guys losing all around them and they didn't have the fight. When you see that, you don't have the energy to fight for each point."

Los Altos' other doubles teams - comprising senior Luc Bergevin and junior Camille Fritsch at No. 2 and freshman Charlie Bergevin and junior Hayden Smith at No. 3 - lost convincingly.

The season may have ended earlier than the Eagles had hoped, but Duong isn't too disappointed.

"I'm happy with the season, to get to the quarterfinals of CCS," he said. "The top four teams (moved on); I think we just weren't good enough to get there as a sixth seed."

Los Altos also finished second in the SCVAL De Anza Division and beat some ranked teams along the way.

The season may not be over for all the Eagles, though.

Fafek has qualified for the individual portion of CCS after winning the league tournament the last week of April. The CCS tourney is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Duong said Fafek may not compete, however, due to a conflict with a national tournament he has entered.

Two of Los Altos' doubles teams have a chance at making the individual tournament as at-large entries. Luc Bergevin and Fritsch placed second at the league tourney, while Moy and Liu placed third. Duong said he should know this week if either team qualified.

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