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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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Pinewood stuns Eastside 48-36


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Pinewood guard Marissa Hing, driving to the basket in a early-round NorCal game, scored 17 points in Saturday’s final.

The Pinewood School girls basketball team may be known for its 3-point shooting, but the Panthers are proving they can win when those long-range shots aren’t falling.

Pinewood struggled to make 3s in the Northern California Division V semifinals and final last week, yet the Panthers won both games to advance to Friday’s state championship contest.

Pinewood beat Eastside Prep 48-36 in Saturday’s NorCal final at American Canyon High, despite making just five of its 23 3-point shots (21.7 percent). That follows a 37-30 win at Valley Christian-Dublin March 12 in which the third-seeded Panthers connected on only four of 27 shots from beyond the arc (14.8 percent).

“We’re finding a way to win,” coach Doc Scheppler said.

The Panthers (24-7) are clamping down on defense and scoring most of their points on drives and from the foul line. Pinewood sank 25 of its 29 free throws in Saturday’s win against top seed Eastside. That’s the most foul shots the Panthers have taken – and converted – all season.

“We got to the basket and made free throws at the end of the game,” Scheppler said. “Ten of them were in the last three minutes.”

Eastside (23-9) desperately fouled in the fourth to stop the clock but could not catch the Panthers. Pinewood never trailed, leading 21-13 at halftime and 34-16 entering the final quarter.

“We made the right plays early in the game to get comfortable in our surroundings,” Scheppler said. “We got off to a good start and into a flow, which we didn’t do in our past games against them.”

Pinewood entered the NorCal final 0-3 against Eastside this season (the teams both play in the West Bay Athletic League), losing each game by at least 13 points.

“This game we did things differently,” Scheppler said. “We tried a different defense and brought new sets and plays into the mix.”

Forward Leeana Bade paced the Panthers with 18 points – highlighted by a long 3-pointer in the second half that hit nothing but net as the shot clock expired – and guard Marissa Hing added 17.

Pinewood is slated to face Southern California champ Sierra Canyon in the state final 10 a.m. Friday at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena. Scheppler – who has led the Panthers to five state titles in six tries – considers the Trailblazers (26-9) a worthy adversary.

“They’re a really good team,” he said. “We’ve got our hands full.”

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