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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Mtn. View edges Burlingame in lacrosse

In what Mountain View High boys lacrosse team coach Joe Juter described as “a barn burner of a game,” the Spartans extinguished Burlingame 6-5 April 17.

After its two-goal lead dwindled to one late in the game, host Mountain View went on the defensive.

“It was defense – 100 percent,” Juter said in explaining how the Spartans held on for the win. “Our goalie (Matt Ford) was fantastic.”

Offensively, Mountain View employed a balanced attack to beat Burlingame. Kyle Arrillaga and Grant Wineman scored two goals each; Bryce Joerger and Nico Nagle added one apiece.

The victory boosted the Spartans’ record to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division. With five games remaining, Mountain View is tied for third place; the top four teams make the league playoffs.

“It’s all very tight,” Juter said. “A lot of scenarios can play out.”

The Spartans missed the playoffs last season for the first time. They qualified the previous three years, reaching the final twice.

Baseball

Los Altos struggled against Saratoga last week, losing the two league games by a combined 23-9.

After falling 17-9 in the series opener April 17, the Eagles were blanked 6-0 Friday at home. Los Altos slumped to 5-7 in the De Anza Division and 10-11 overall.

The Eagles tallied 10 hits in the first game, which included a two-run homer by Steven McLean. Daniel Pefley notched three hits and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of Trevor Rogers.

Saratoga (8-4 league, 14-7 overall) limited Los Altos to three hits Friday.

St. Francis won its three games last week to keep pace with Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League. Both teams are tied atop the standings at 9-1; St. Francis improved to 22-1 overall.

The Lancers routed Riordan 9-0 April 16, mauled Mitty 14-3 Friday and slipped by Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-1 Saturday.

Tyler Deason earned the save Saturday – his fourth of the season – and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Richard Boe (2-0) earned the win.

St. Francis’ 14 hits Friday included a homer by Timothy Susnara and two doubles each from Champi Lucca and Michael Strem, the winning pitcher.

Softball

Santa Clara had more hits, but Mountain View scored more runs in last week’s road win. The Spartans prevailed 9-5, raising their record to 4-3 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-9 overall.

Mountain View scored the first nine runs of the game – starting with five in the third inning – and withstood a late surge by the Bruins, who outhit the Spartans 10-8.

Winning pitcher Athena Bolin (5-4) went the distance, surrendering three earned runs. She also drove in a run. Nicole Nakahama went 2-for-2 (both doubles) with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

St. Francis belted three home runs and pasted Presentation 7-1 in WCAL play April 16.

Amanda Delfino, Carolyn McGuire and Lauren Wahler homered for the host Lancers (4-3 league, 11-9-1 overall). Jackie Hinojosa went 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Madison Chandler (3-1) added two hits, one a double.

Pinewood routed Immaculate Conception 16-1 April 16 behind the arm and bat of Morgan Tomberlin, whom coach Megan Finney dubbed “player of the game.” Tomberlin struck out four batters on the way to earning the win and was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Angelina Mapa added a homer, while Juka Kim and Eri Yoshimoto both doubled.

The Panthers improved to 3-1 in the West Bay Athletic League.

Boys tennis

Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens avenged his lone loss of the season, beating Menlo senior William Boyd in last week’s rematch of the WBAL’s best singles players. Owens prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 at Menlo.

Panthers coach Craig Corfield described Owens’ April 16 effort as a “huge win.”

It was also Pinewood’s lone win against first-place Menlo.

Los Altos swept the singles in beating Palo Alto 6-1 April 16. The Eagles won all four singles matches in straight sets, with Anthony Bello prevailing 6-2, 6-4 at the top spot and Spencer Simonides winning 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.

Visiting Los Altos’ lone loss in the De Anza Division match came at No. 2 doubles. The Eagles’ top duo, Braden Holt and Christian Beck, triumphed 6-4, 6-4.

Los Altos improved to 13-3 overall and 9-2 in league.

St. Francis defeated Riordan 6-0 Thursday in WCAL action. Neel Ramachandran triumphed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Golf

Led by Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan, Menlo topped Pinewood 196-201 April 17 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Medalist Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights (8-0).

Boys volleyball

Mountain View clobbered King’s Academy 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 Friday to remain undefeated. The Spartans boosted their record to 8-0 in the De Anza Division and 22-0 overall.

Kurt Dentinger notched nine kills and six aces for Mountain View, while Alec McDonald posted five kills, three blocks and three aces.

After a three-win week, upstart Los Altos improved to 8-2 in the El Camino Division. The Eagles, in their inaugural season, are in a three-way tie for first place with two weeks left in the regular season.

In between sweeps of Santa Clara and Sacred Heart Prep last week, Los Altos (8-6 overall) defeated Wilcox in four games. Freshman setter Nathan Smith recorded 41 assists in Friday’s win at Santa Clara, while Ian McColl added 14 kills and “two huge blocks,” coach Dave Radford said.

St. Francis toppled visiting Sacred Heart Prep 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 Thursday behind 21 kills from Jeffrey Castello. The Lancers improved to 8-3 in the WCAL and 19-8 overall.

Swimming & diving

The St. Francis girls suffered their first loss of the season, while the boys glided past Mitty Thursday in a WCAL meet.

The Lancers lost 94-92 on the girls side and prevailed 131-19 on the boys side. Both St. Francis teams went to 4-1 in league.

The boys won 10 events, with Benjamin Ho and Curtis Ogren each contributing to four of them. Ho finished first in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, Ogren won the 200 individual medley and 500 free, and both boys swam on the victorious 200-medley and 400-free relays.

Courtney Batcheller led the girls, winning the 50 free and swimming the first leg of the Lancers’ triumphant 200-free relay team.

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