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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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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

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

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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St. Francis/Bellarmine Football

Whenever St. Francis and Bellarmine meet on the gridiron, you can pretty much expect a low-scoring affair with plenty at stake between the two teams that get along as well as Republicans and Democrats.

Last Friday night was no exception, as a crowd of 8,000 fans filled Fisher Field to celebrate St. Francis' 40th anniversary and witness the top two teams in the Central Coast Section do battle for control of the West Catholic Athletic League.

Executing an eight-minute scoring drive in the second half, Bellarmine squeezed out a memorable 14-7 win over St. Francis to the end the Lancers' 23-game WCAL win streak and in all probability give the Bells the league title.

Bellarmine's ability to contain the Lancers' potent running attack with various defensive schemes propelled the Bells to its first victory over St. Francis since 1991.

St. Francis (3-1 league, 7-2 overall) opened the game in impressive fashion by marching 52 yards in nine plays, culminating on quarterback John Gall's 1-yard touchdown sneak for a 7-0 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter. Charles Tharp gained 43 yards on the drive with four carries.

Bellarmine (3-0, 7-0) countered on its second possession to tie the game at 7-7. The 72-yard drive featured a 41-yard pass completion and ended on a Tim Foley 2-yard plunge with 11:06 remaining in the half.

Despite a 7-7 halftime score, the Lancers did not attempt a pass in the first half and were held to just 16 yards in 10 plays following their opening scoring drive.

With the Lancers struggling offensively, Bellarmine put together a series of plays in the second half that may forever be known to Bells fans as "The March."

The Bells took their second possession of the half and marched 81 yards in 15 plays - consuming a whopping 7:52 - to take a 14-7 lead on Blake Elliott's 1-yard run with 10:54 remaining in the game.

Bellarmine converted three third-down attempts on the drive with a variety of runs and short to medium passes.

St. Francis' final opportunity to pull even began at its own 3-yard line with 2:39 to play.

The Lancers converted a crucial third and 15 when Gall connected with Tharp for 32 yards to their 40 with a minute left. Following a 17-yard run by Gall and a 3-yard completion to Tim Cross, St. Francis called a timeout with 33 seconds remaining and the ball at the Bells' 40.

With the capacity crowd on its feet, Gall again hooked up with Tharp for a 24-yard gain. But Tharp was stripped of the ball at the Bellarmine 16-yard line, and the Bells recovered the loose ball to preserve victory.

Bellarmine outgained the Lancers in total yards 242-167. Tharp led the Lancers with 65 yards rushing on 11 carries; Gall completed four of seven passes for 66 yards.

There is a good chance St. Francis and Bellarmine will meet again in the CCS playoffs, where they have met seven times since 1979 with the Lancers winning four.

Bellarmine............0 7 0 7 - 14

St. Francis.............7 0 0 0 - 7

SF - Gall 1 run (Beall kick)

B - Foley 2 run (Hege kick)

B - Elliott 1 run (Hege kick)

Attendance - 8,000.

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