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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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Los Altos falls to Gilroy 2-1 in softball semis


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

Los Altos High senior Nikki Klepper watches a ball she fouled off late in last week’s CCS softball semifinal game.

While the Los Altos High softball team’s lone error loomed large in last week’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal, the fifth-seeded Eagles’ lack of productivity at the plate sealed their fate in the 2-1 loss to No. 8 Gilroy.

Los Altos mustered just three hits and stranded seven runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning of the May 22 game at San Jose’s PAL Stadium.

“We didn’t take advantage of opportunities,” coach Tom Barrera said. “We got runners in scoring position and didn’t come through with the timely hit. You need to execute in those situations, and we just didn’t do a good job executing.”

Except for the first inning.

With two away in the bottom of the frame, Eagles cleanup hitter Tianna Vasquez ripped a ground-rule double (the ball bounced over the centerfield fence) to score catcher Jasmine Pedroza, who led off with a walk and stole second base.

“It was an inside pitch and it was low, and I usually hit the low pitches better,” said Vasquez, a senior shortstop headed to Willamette University. “I just went up there looking to start a rally, and that’s what I did.”

The 1-0 lead wouldn’t last for long. The Mustangs tied it up in the second on Cristyn Simpson’s two-out double down the first-base line, which scored Holly Lam from second.

Los Altos pitcher Lizzy Beutter kept Gilroy in check for the next four innings. The freshman – who struck out three and walked two in a complete-game effort – didn’t allow another runner past first base until the seventh when the Mustangs scored the unearned run that won the game.

Gilroy freshman Anna Gamboa led off the seventh with a triple to center and the next batter, Nicole Green, hit a ground ball to third baseman Marialena Ahern. The junior faked throwing to first in hopes of catching Gamboa off base, but her hard toss to Vasquez (covering third) bounced off the Eagles’ dugout fence. Gamboa raced home, beating the throw to Pedroza.

Although the Eagles (18-10-2) threatened in the bottom of the seventh – Nikki Klepper walked and Pedroza singled with two outs before freshman Kaya Agustin struck out – their best chance to score another run had come two innings earlier.

Beutter drew a one-out walk in the fifth and moved to third on back-to-back errors by Gilroy (18-12) that allowed Klepper to reach base on a grounder and advance to second. After Natalie Hollenbaugh struck out, Pedroza walked to load the bases. But Mustangs pitcher Lauren Castro got out of the jam by getting Agustin to ground out.

Castro, a hard-throwing sophomore, notched eight strikeouts while going the distance.

“She was definitely one of the better pitchers we’ve seen this season,” Vasquez said.

Castro’s defense saved her from surrendering a second hit to Vasquez. Los Altos’ co-team captain belted a ball to deep right field with one away in the fourth, only to see Rachel Tomlinson track it down.

“That girl just made a spectacular catch in right field,” Barrera said. “That would have turned into a double, if not more.”

Just another oh-so-close moment for the Eagles, knocked out of the playoffs by Gilroy for the second consecutive season.

“We worked really, really hard, and I don’t think we deserved the loss,” Vasquez said, “but that’s what happened.”

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