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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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Eagles sweep Santa Clara


Photo By: Photos by Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Photos By Shirley Pefley/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos High senior Nathan Vieira drives in traffic Friday.

In extending their winning streaks Friday night, the Los Altos High boys and girls basketball teams indicated that they won’t be an easy out in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

Succeeding with a fundamentals-over-flair approach, the visiting Eagles remained atop their respective divisions by beating Santa Clara squads boasting better overall records. The girls shook off a sluggish start to beat the Bruins 41-34 – Los Altos’ seventh straight win – and the boys followed with a hard-fought 55-50 victory, their fourth in a row.

While the outcomes surely caught the attention of teams around the league, the Eagles’ coaches – tempering their enthusiasm – acknowledged it’s too early in the season to talk titles.

“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Kevin Lee, whose girls improved to 3-0 in league and 10-5 overall. “We have goals that we’re working on as a team, and we have high expectations, but we’re still a growing basketball team.”

Boys coach Bob McFarlane, whose squad went to 3-0 in league and 8-6 overall, was cautiously optimistic as well.

“I feel good, but league’s a long road,” he said. “Going into the season, Santa Clara and Fremont were the league favorites, I would say, and we’re just hoping to keep up with those guys.”

In Friday’s game, Santa Clara had to play catch up. The Eagles raced out to a 12-0 lead that included 3-pointers from Joey Malgesini and Daniel Rosenbaum. But the Bruins (1-3, 12-4) bounced back by scoring the next 12 points to tie the game by the end of the first quarter.

After a back-and-forth second quarter that ended in a 24-all tie, Los Altos began to pull away in the third. The Eagles scored the first nine points, starting with Malgesini’s top-of-the-key 3. The junior scored five of his game-high 14 points in the period.

Santa Clara closed the gap to 39-36 before Los Altos guard Nathan Vieira dropped in a pair of free throws in the final minute to end the scoring in the third. The senior tallied eight of his 11 points in the quarter.

The Eagles opened the fourth with back-to-back buckets – on a Steven Garverick pull-up jumper and a Malgesini drive – to go ahead 45-36. With 3:35 remaining, Conrad Rogers’ baseline drive pushed the lead to 51-40.

The Bruins wouldn’t go away, however. They scored the next 10 points, with Cole Lockwood’s trey cutting the deficit to 51-50 with 23 seconds left.

After Malgesini made a pair of clutch free throws, Santa Clara sharpshooter Ronaq Virdi misfired on a 3-point attempt – thanks in part to defender Johnny Chen.

“The guy didn’t have a clean look because Johnny was right on him,” McFarlane said. “Johnny played phenomenal defense tonight, and I think he was the difference maker in this game.”

Defense proved just as crucial to the Los Altos girls, who limited Santa Clara to single-digit points in all but the fourth quarter of Friday’s contest.

“We focus on defense first,” said Lee, whose Eagles haven’t allowed an opponent more than 38 points during their winning streak. “I’ve told them for a long time that defense and rebounding wins basketball games.”

The Eagles held the Bruins to 26.7 percent shooting and forced them into 15 turnovers. Two days earlier, rival Mountain View shot just 25 percent against Los Altos, which prevailed 41-37.

A month earlier, the Spartans routed the Eagles by 23 points in the final of the Los Altos Holiday Classic.

“Several games after that tournament, they started to gel,” Lee said. “We’ve been working on some of our weaknesses and trying to turn those into strengths. We’re doing a better job taking care of the basketball, rebounding and boxing out – some of the basic fundamentals of basketball.”

Those fundamentals helped the Eagles overcome their scoring struggles early in Friday’s game. Los Altos trailed 8-3 after one quarter, missing all nine of its shots from the field.

The Eagles rallied in the second, outscoring Santa Clara 15-6 to lead by four at halftime. Freshman forward Meg Enthoven scored eight of her 14 points in the quarter, the last two by using a pump fake to drive the baseline.

“Meg’s got a lot of potential,” Lee said. “We have her focus on just rebounding the basketball, and we tell her, ‘Anything else we get from you is icing on the cake’ – and she always gives us a lot of icing.”

Los Altos’ lead ballooned to 30-17 in the third on a jumper by guard Ideen Seyed with 2:10 remaining. The senior scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the period.

Santa Clara (3-1, 11-5) roared back, though, scoring 13 of the next 15 points. Samantha Rudd’s 3-point play cut the Eagles’ advantage to 32-30 with 5:18 to play.

Enthoven answered by banking in a midrange jumper, but the Bruins countered with a trey from Almira Ferrer to make it a one-point game with 3:11 to go.

That’s as close as Santa Clara would get. The Bruins missed their next seven shots, while Los Altos drained seven out of eight free throws to pull away. Freshman guard Katie Munro sank the first three foul shots, putting the Eagles up 37-33 with 1:02 left.

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