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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

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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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Kaepa City wins national volleyball title

They make wining look so easy. Despite star player Niki Hartley of St. Francis High nursing a hairline fracture in her right foot, Kaepa City Beach cruised past the competition and had a splendid time doing so at the recent U.S. Junior Olympics volleyball championships.

The girls club team annihilated the Southern California Renegades to claim the national crown in the 18-and-under division June 28 in Dallas.

Kaepa City, which lost to the Renegades earlier this season, defeated the Southern California team 15-9, 15-6, 15-10 in the championship match.

"When they beat us during the season, we took it as an opportunity to make adjustments in our game," said Kaepa City middle blocker Hartley. "We definitely brought it up a notch during the championship game."

The team was guided by Dave Gambelin, girls volleyball coach at St. Francis. Gambelin had the chance to coach three of his Lancers this summer: Hartley, Staci Millichap and Desiree Rook. All three made the all-tournament team, with Hartley winning MVP honors.

The tournament fielded a deep contingent, selecting only the best 32 teams among a talented crop of 3,000.

"Every team was absolutely loaded. They were basically all-star teams," added Gambelin. In essence, the teams were comprised of players in the upper echelons of their respective leagues and sections.

In the initial phases of the tournament, Kaepa City faced a true test after Hartley sustained a foot injury when awkwardly landing on a teammate's foot while attempting a block.

But Hartley returned to action just two days later. Her sheer determination was enough to override her nagging injury.

"There was no way she was going to miss the Junior Olympics. It was really amazing to see her come back and play so well," Gambelin said.

Everything jelled during a 15-13, 4-15, 15-8, 15-11 victory over Sports Performance of Chicago early in the tournament. Sports Performance won the national title a year ago.

Kaepa City then rolled past the Renegades for the title.

The scheduling of the tournament was extremely tough, according to Hartley. However, playing two matches a day was not enough to suppress Kaepa City.

"I think the fact that we played two games a day actually helped us," Hartley said. "While physically, we were tired, having so many back-to-back games kept our competitive spirit and mental toughness alive, which helped us in the end."

The squad trained vigorously as soon as the high school season ended last December. Players took part in weight training, sprints and volleyball-specific exercises.

As for the competition, Kaepa City stepped up to the challenge.

"Whereas in the high school circuit, the season ends at state. Here, not only do we have the best players from each school, but we can go all the way to nationals," added Hartley, who will attend the University of Florida this fall on a volleyball scholarship.

Rook has earned a scholarship as well and is headed to UC-Santa Barbara this fall. Millichap, meanwhile, will be returning to St. Francis for her senior year.

Even though Hartley must wear a protective boot for two more weeks, the injury hasn't taken away from what the squad accomplished this season.

"This was a dream season," Gambelin said.

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