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News

Candidates finalized for schools, councils

Candidates finalized for schools, councils


Election season is officially in full swing, as eligible candidates for various city council and school district seats met Friday’s filing deadline set by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

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Schools

Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll

Local tutoring center earns kudos in parent magazine's reader poll


Courtesy of Kobad Bugwadia
Mathnasium’s fourth-grade participants, from left, Jenna Haynie, Maelle Allanic, Tanish Gupta, Hamza Raza and David Chan, join instructors to celebrate their achievements in the tutoring center’s national TriMathlon this ...

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Community

Back to School: Tips, kits and a poem

Back to School: Tips, kits and a poem

Los Altos teachers are readying their rooms this week for the coming onslaught of students, and parents are digging back out lunch boxes and pencil cases (do we still use those?) And here in the newsroom, Town Crier writers offered a slate of back-to...

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Sports

Tyler Johnson: From hills to Heat

Tyler Johnson: From hills to Heat


Courtesy of NBAE/Getty Images
Shooting guard Tyler Johnson, a St. Francis High graduate from Mountain View, signed with the Miami Heat last week.

Signed by the Miami Heat as an undrafted free agent last week, rookie Tyler Johnson faces an uphill ba...

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Comment

Really, why the, eh, consolidation?

The recent merger (consolidation?) of the newly formed Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) and the 14-year-old civic organization Los Altos Neighborhood Network (LANN) left us puzzled.

A July 28 press release, which did not state plainly that the merger fol...

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Special Sections

Globetrotting – one glass at a time

Globetrotting – one glass at a time


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Take a tour of the world from your own picnic table with a selection of regional wines, above. Argentina’s white wines, left, pair well with a choriza pizza (see recipe on page 35).

I’m taking a...

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Business

Torrey Pines Bank names regional president

Torrey Pines Bank names regional president


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Torrey Pines Bank recently named Fred Voss its regional president for the Bay Area. The bank has branches at 20 First St. in Los Altos, above, and in Oakland and Southern California.

Torrey Pines Bank last week appointed ...

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Books

People

SHERRY DYCE BARBA

SHERRY DYCE BARBA

Sherry Dyce Barba, dear wife of Peter Barba, and a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2014, at The Forum, in Cupertino. She was surrounded by loving family members and visited continuously in her last weeks by a legi...

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Travel

Bergama bound: A visit to newest World Heritage site

Bergama bound: A visit to newest World Heritage site


Photo Eren GÖknar/ Special to the Town Crier
The amphitheater in Turkey’s ancient city of Pergamon, now known as Bergama, overlooks the Bakirçay River valley, left. The city’s ruins also include the Temple of Trajan.

It was 90 F during t...

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Stepping Out

No ‘Water’ shortage in Mtn. View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Elliot (Miles Gaston Villanueva) struggles to understand Odessa’s (Zilah Mendoza) online activity in TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful....

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Homestead still getting a handle on its new offense

Homestead High football coach Richard Delgado says it's only a matter of time before his team puts some zing into the double wing.

But so far, the Mustangs' new run-oriented offense has been stuck in low gear.

After getting shutout 35-0 at Aragon in the Sept. 11 season opener, Homestead was overwhelmed by Overfelt 34-14 last Friday night at Fremont High.

Yet Delgado sees some encouraging signs.

"We're kind of feeling our way," said the second-year coach, "but every week we're getting better."

The numbers seem to support his claim. The Mustangs only mustered 150 yards in the opener and failed to reach the end zone. Last week they gained 189 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

However, that wasn't nearly enough to keep up with high-powered Overfelt (2-0).

"They're an excellent team," Delgado said. "We tried to keep their offense off the field, but they were too much for us."

The Royals scored on their first three possessions, building a 21-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half. Quarterback Gilbert Moisa dissected the Homestead secondary by throwing for two touchdowns and halfback Larry Morris ran for the other.

Homestead, which gained nine yards in the opening quarter, put together its first scoring drive of the season just before halftime. The Mustangs only had to go 25 yards - thanks to a nice punt return by Trumaine Green and a 15-yard personal foul on Overfelt - but a score is a score.

Fullback Ali Beheshti got things rolling by turning a Matt Root screen pass into a 10-yard gain. Four plays later, Root threw his first-ever varsity touchdown - and it wasn't an easy one. The sophomore from Los Altos rolled right, avoided a would-be tackler and fired a 9-yard pass to tight end Paul Popoulias in the back of the end zone.

But the extra point failed, as a low snap threw off kicker Neal Mudgett of Los Altos.

The Royals opened the second half with another score from Morris, who was barely touched on a 17-yard sprint through the heart of the Homestead defense.

But the Mustangs answered back in a hurry, going 77 yards on four plays.

It all started with Los Altos resident Casler Johnston breaking loose for a 47-yard run up the middle. The drive ended on a 29-yard scamper by Jesse Nichols, who snuck into the left corner of the end zone. Jason Carl then plowed across the goal line for two-points, pulling Homestead within 28-14.

Overfelt put the game away late in the third quarter on Moisa's 26-yard scoring pass to an open Tim Luster.

The Homestead defense surrendered 377 yards in all, with a good chunk of that coming through the air.

"We'll be working a lot on pass defense this week," Delgado said.

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