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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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Local golfers dominate tourney

The junior golf season is in full swing and several players with local ties are on course to have great summers.

Topping the leader board is Michael Jensen, 17. The Los Altos resident won a pair of overall championships at Junior Golf Association of Northern California tournaments held last week.

"I have been hitting the ball really well, but I have not made as many putts as I would have liked," said Jensen, who's entering his senior year at St. Francis High and played on the school's championship golf team. "But I am playing well right now and enjoying it."

The week started with Jensen defending his title at the 68th annual East Bay Junior Golf Championship, which took place June 16 and 17 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.

Tied with A.J. DiLaura at the end of regulation play -- both posted two-round scores of 136 in the boys 16-17 division-- Jensen went on to win a sudden-death playoff after one hole. Jensen, finishing six-under par after rounds of 69 and 67, is the first player to successfully defend an East Bay Juniors championship, according to tournament officials.

Jensen collected another overall title on Friday at the two-day Green Valley Junior, hosted by the Green Valley Country Club in Suisun. He tallied a two-under-par 142, firing rounds of 72 and 70, to finish two shots better than any other player in the boys 14-17 division.

In between these events, a busy Jensen notched fourth place at the June 18 Palo Alto Junior.

Charlie Sines of Los Altos came away from the East Bay Junior with some hardware as well.

Sines claimed the boys 14-15 division with an even-par score of 142, shooting 71 each day. Sines, 14, prevailed by three strokes over runner-up Jason Alves (Aptos).

"I won the tournament on the first four holes on the second day," said Sines, who will be a sophomore at Los Altos High in the fall. "Most of the others blew up, but I was able to stay focused and shot one-under par on the first nine holes."

Sines also recently qualified for the Independent Insurance Agents Junior Classic State Finals, slated for July 10 and 11 at the DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz.

Sines qualified by shooting a 74 May 28 at the Santa Cruz County IIAJ event held at DeLaveaga. Sines was second in his age group (14-15) and sixth overall out of 79 golfers ages 18 and under.

Although he didn't win his division, Alvin Lata also turned in a solid performance at the East Bay Junior.

Lata, entering his junior year at St. Francis, recorded the best round of any golfer during the final day of the tourney with a 66.

The 16-year-old from Pleasanton placed second in the boys 16-17 division with a 137. He shot 71 the first day.

Lata's second-round score has qualified him for the Junior World Championship, set for July 15-18 in San Diego.

Turning from Juniors to the pros, area player James Perkins played an impressive round at a recent event.

The assistant pro at Los Altos Golf & Country Club teamed with Marc Braga of San Jose to place second at the Pro Scotch Championship, a Northern California-Professional Golfers' Association ILT event held June 9 at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. The pair combined for a 137; Mark Sherman (Green Valley) and Jeff McMillen (Ukiah Muni) won with a 135.

Perkins' 64 was the low score of the day.

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