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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

Los 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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Panthers hope fast start is sign of things to come

Photo Photos By Elliott Burr/Town Crier

Hailie Eackles is among Pinewoods top returning players.

Pinewood School head coach Cayse Kaveny doesn’t want to get too excited about her volleyball team’s 2-0 start. Yet she can’t help but be encouraged by the Panthers’ performance.

"We haven’t really been tested just yet, but I am happy with the way we have responded when we weren’t playing our best," Kaveny said. "The girls have been able to make adjustments during the game, and that’s huge."

Pinewood didn't face much resistance in its opener, sweeping Liberty Baptist 25-18, 25-21, 25-11 Sept. 8 in Los Altos Hills. The Panthers showed their resolve the next day, however, winning at Capuchino in four games: 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22.

Kaveny was proud of the way Pinewood shook off a second-game loss to win the next two to take the match.

"So much of volleyball can be played on emotion and momentum," she said. "It is really important that, as a player, you are able to forget your mistakes and move on to the next play. I have found that sometimes that is the hardest thing to teach. I always tell my players that volleyball is a game of mistakes, and the team that makes the least wins. It is OK to make a mistake, even the best players do, but it is really how you respond to that mistake and what you do next that matters."

Junior Hailie Eackles made the biggest statement in the match, notching her first double-double of the season. The athletic outside hitter tallied 18 kills, 10 digs and four aces. Senior Jennifer Jue added 11 digs, while junior Lizzie Fields "was big at the net," Kaveny said, posting two solo blocks and three block assists.

Middle blocker Fields, all-leaguer Eackles and sophomore Michelle Tarlton are the team's top returning players, according to the coach. Pinewood has eight returnees, four of whom started last year.

Of the four players new to the squad, Kaveny said sophomores Kandace Korver and Jen Bodine "have shown the most improvement during the preseason thus far."

Bodine had seven kills against Liberty Baptist, tying Eackles for team-high honors. Senior Jessica Lacy contributed six aces in the match.

Kaveny said the Panthers' strengths include the "commitment to each other and team goals." Those goals include competing for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division, in which they finished fourth last year at 6-6. The coach expects Pinewood to contend with defending champion King's Academy, Crystal Springs and possibly Woodside Priory for the title.

To do so, the Panthers must "hold one another accountable for the goals we set early on," Kaveny said. "I want them to support each other and believe in themselves, but a little ball control and a fast offense wouldn't hurt, either."

Ball control is the area in which Pinewood needs the most improvement, according to the coach, but she is convinced her players have the work ethic to get better at it.

"(They have a) willingness to work hard every day in practice and push themselves and each other to get better," said Kaveny, who played volleyball for Mitty High and Florida Atlantic University

It's that mentality that has Kaveny almost giddy about the potential of this team – even if it's early in the season.

"It is my third season at Pinewood, and I am really excited about everything we are doing right now," she said. "I have two great assistants (Kym Le and Carter Youngblood), and a team of girls I know will work hard for the common goal every day.

Pinewood is scheduled to visit Fremont-Sunnyvale 7 p.m. today.

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