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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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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

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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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 routs Lynbrook 44-19


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

St. Francis High’s Shelbi Aimonetti, shooting against Florin in the NorCal semifinals, totalled 15 points in Saturday’s final.

The contingent of Lynbrook High students brought the noise when their team scored the first basket in Saturday’s Northern California Division II girls basketball final against top seed St. Francis. But they wouldn’t have another basket to cheer until midway through the second quarter.

By then, the Lancers (24-8) were well on their way to a 44-19 victory and the first NorCal title in the program’s history.

“I’m extremely happy and extremely proud of these ladies,” coach Brian Harrigan said.

After surrendering that first hoop – a putback by Jackie Hudepohl – St. Francis reeled off 14 straight points to pull away from the third-seeded Vikings (25-6) at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena. In between 3-pointers by guards Shelbi Aimonetti and Daisha Abdelkader – both of which banked in – the Lancers scored four buckets from inside the paint, two by center Kate Hoey.

“When you come to these arenas, the closer shots you get, the better your percentage is probably going to be,” Harrigan said. “We wanted to be aggressive and take the ball to the basket.”

The Lancers were assertive on defense as well, adding to Lynbrook’s struggles in the cavernous arena that is home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings (for now).

“I think playing in this arena was a little bit different for us,” Vikings coach Cynthia Ting said. “We did not have the same perception of the rim and were not hitting shots we usually hit.”

Lynbrook’s 19 points is the fewest scored by a team in NorCal finals history.

St. Francis, up 17-10 at halftime, held the Vikings to 20 percent shooting from the field Saturday and forced 20 turnovers.

“We hang our hats on defense,” said Harrigan, whose team beat Florin 44-31 in the semifinals with a similarly gritty effort. “But I told them yesterday in practice, ‘If you guys want to go out and score a lot of points, I’ll be fine with that today, too – and in the second half we did that.”

The Lancers scored the first two baskets of the half – on a follow-up shot by forward Jennifer Lucian and a quick drive by Abdelkader – to lead 21-10 with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

A corner 3 by Paige Song – Lynbrook’s only trey of the game – and a free throw from Sarah Dyslin trimmed the deficit to seven points with 1:57 remaining in the third. St. Francis wouldn’t let the Vikings get any closer.

The Lancers capped the quarter on a 6-0 run, scoring on putbacks by Lucian and center Carolyn McGuire and a short-range shot from Abdelkader.

Aimonetti and Lucian took over from there, combining to score St. Francis’ next 15 points. Aimonetti opened the fourth with a 3 from the left baseline and hit a pair of jumpers from just inside the arc during the Lancers’ 15-3 spurt. Lucian drained a turnaround jumper in the middle of the key, converted a fastbreak layup, rattled in a jumper from above the foul line and got free under the basket for an easy layin.

That put St. Francis up 42-17 with 3:23 to play. The only thing left was the celebration.

Although St. Francis had never before reached the NorCal final, Aimonetti expected to get this far.

“I believed we could get here at all times,” said the senior, who scored a game-high 15 points. “From the first practice, our intensity was there. Just starting off in the summer, I think we were prepared and were going to get here.”

The Lancers are slated to return to Sleep Train Arena 2 p.m. Saturday to take on Southern California champ Lynwood (28-5). It will mark Harrigan’s seventh appearance in the title game; the first six came as coach of the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls.

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