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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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A shot at history

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Mountain View High forward Emily Andrew, right, fends off a Homestead High defender Friday.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team has a chance to make school history today and even more before the month is over.

The Spartans can capture their first Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title with a win over sixth-place Palo Alto, scheduled to visit at 3:30 p.m. After today’s league finale, Mountain View can take aim at its first Central Coast Section crown.

“With making the quarters two years ago and the semis last year, we think it’s about time we made the finals, and hopefully win the whole thing,” forward Kirsten Belinsky said. “I think we are capable of doing this if we take every game individually and not get too far ahead of ourselves. We just need to play like we’ve been playing all season.”

The Spartans’ last loss came Jan. 12 against Los Gatos, their only challenger for the league title. Friday’s 2-all tie at Homestead put Mountain View’s record at 7-1-3 in the daunting De Anza Division; Los Gatos is 6-0-5 and hosts fifth-place Gunn today.

“We’re still in the driver’s seat,” said coach Simon Cook, whose Spartans are 14-2-3 overall. “We’ve got a chance to do something we’ve never done – win league – and on Senior Day.”

With only five seniors – far fewer than last year’s second-place squad – Mountain View has exceeded Cook’s expectations. The Spartans have outscored their opponents 48-18 this season.

“The team is doing very well,” Cook said. “We’re playing some really good soccer and scoring lots of goals.”

The Spartans play an attacking style, starting four forwards who are capable scorers. Junior Emily Andrew leads the team with 17 goals, “a phenomenal number,” Cook said. Belinsky is next with 12 goals, followed by fellow seniors Tavi Crum and Elizabeth Browne with nine and three, respectively.

“The four of them have different skills and give us so many striking options,” said Cook, in his third year as coach. “Tavi is strong, Kirsten is a great dribbler, Emily has speed and Elizabeth is a terrific passer.”

So just imagine how opposing teams feel when they line up against Mountain View.

“Teams can’t just focus on shutting down one player,” said Belinsky, whose 10 assists ties Crum for the team lead. “It makes us hard to defend.”

Defenders must account for midfielder Erica Higa as well. The freshman has three goals and two assists.

“She’s played pretty much every minute at center mid, which is a tough position,” Cook said.

Higa and sophomores Emma Donckels (fullback) and Ally Gamble (midfielder) have been integral to the team’s success, according to the coach.

“I thought this would be a rebuilding year after losing so many seniors, but those three newcomers have helped fill the gaps and are a big reason why we’ve done really well,” Cook said.

Donckels plays a key role on a defense that doesn’t surrender goals easily. Goalie Sarah Bennett, a junior, has seven shutouts, which Cooked called “very impressive.” It’s even more so when considering Mountain View often uses four or five attackers.

“Our defense is solid with just three defenders, which allows us to keep more players up the field,” said Belinsky, headed to Brown University.

While the defense has been formidable and the offense potent, Belinsky believes teamwork is the primary reason the Spartans are thriving.

“We have so many talented players that it makes us so much better when we pass the ball around than when any of us try to work alone,” she said.

It’s that sort of attitude that makes this team better than last year’s squad, according to Cook.

“We’re playing far better soccer this year,” the coach said. “We have good soccer players who work well together – there’s a very good team spirit. They work hard and all have a common goal, which is to win every time they step on the field.”

And perhaps make some school history in the process. The CCS playoffs are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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