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First St. closure set for Saturday

First Street in downtown Los Altos will be closed Saturday (Nov. 22) between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street for street paving. The closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the event of poor weather, the work will be rescheduled for a later ...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Panthers defend title with defense


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Pinewood’s Roshan Bal lays up a shot against Alma Heights in the CCS Division V final.

With pressure defense, the Pinewood School boys basketball team overwhelmed Alma Heights Christian 57-23 Friday night to win its third consecutive Central Coast Section Division V title.

The suffocating full-court press helped the second-seeded Panthers (13-11) hold the top-seeded Eagles (26-4) scoreless in the third quarter and to just seven points in the second half.

Guard Greg Naumann paced Pinewood with 10 points, one of 11 Panthers to score.

“It’s a testament to the dedication and all the hard work the players put in right from the beginning of the season,” said Mani Messy, in his first year as head coach. “To get to this point and be playing this well, it’s just – the team did it and they did a wonderful job.”

Messy added that his team’s defensive effort helped awaken an offense that shot just 35.8 percent from the floor in the first half.

“That’s our ammo,” he said. “We believe that when we play good team defense, we can compete with anybody. That’s what got us to this point.”

Eagles coach Mark Bermudez, who defeated the Panthers 54-53 during preseason play in December, said his team’s 28 turnovers proved costly.

“We knew they were going to come and give us pressure,” Bermudez said. “We planned for it, but my guys just, you know, it’s the big stage and they weren’t quite ready for it. The turnovers are what really hurt us tonight.”

Leading 29-16 at halftime, the Panthers pushed their defense into overdrive to open the second half. The Eagles missed all nine of their shots in the third quarter and committed 10 turnovers.

Pinewood’s offense, meanwhile, continued to pad its 13-point halftime lead with a 10-0 scoring run in the first three minutes of the third.

Sophomore guard Ryan Brice kick-started the offense, draining a 3-pointer with 6:57 to go, followed by a layup 22 seconds later for five of his nine points in the game. Senior Lewis Owen added a jumper at 5:32, while Naumann completed a 3-point play at 4:57 after getting fouled on a layup and sinking the free throw.

“We just saw things opening up,” Brice said. “We started driving and kicking (out), playing team ball and hitting the open shots.”

The Panthers continued their pace in the fourth, outscoring the Eagles 16-7 while shooting 7-of-16 from the floor. Roshan Bal led the Panthers with four points in the quarter. The Eagles ended their scoreless drought with 6:02 left in the game when guard Gabe Bautista drew a foul and sank one of two free throws.

Leading comfortably at 50-21 in the fourth, the Panthers finished the game on a 7-2 run, limiting the Eagles to just one layup in the game’s final 4:40.

With the CCS tournament behind them, Messy said his Panthers will now turn their sights to the Northern California playoffs. Pinewood is scheduled to open NorCal against visiting Head-Royce (24-5) of Oakland 7 p.m. today.

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