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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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Robinson great at state


Photo By: Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sarah Robinson

Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson placed in both of her events at Saturday’s finals of the state meet. The junior from Los Altos Hills finished third in the 1,600 run and fifth in the 3,200.

The weather for Saturday’s track and field finals was about what’s expected in Clovis for June – hot – and that didn’t help distance runners like Sarah Robinson. She not only competed in the 1,600-meter run but the 3,200 as well at Buchanan High, where temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees.

Yet the Los Altos Hills resident beat the heat and most of the competition to earn a spot on the podium after each race. Robinson followed a third-place performance in the 1,600 by finishing fifth in the 3,200 run.

“This was my first state meet, and I am very happy about the results,” the Gunn High junior said.

Although Robinson didn’t have to race at the hottest time of the day – the 1,600 began just before 6:30 p.m. – she was back on the track for the 3,200 approximately three hours later.

“I felt a little fatigued after the 1,600 but was extremely happy that I was able to run in the 3,200,” Robinson said.

She not only ran it – Robinson set a personal record in the 3,200. Her time of 10 minutes, 26.65 seconds was just .11 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Danielle Shanahan of Bishop Montgomery.

Robinson’s 1,600 time (4:48.37) wasn’t her best, but it was good enough to beat Shanahan for third by more than a second. Robinson was in fourth after three laps, then surged to second before Nikki Hiltz of Aptos squeaked by her at the end.

“I felt that in the 1,600 I was running as conservative as possible until the final lap,” Robinson said. “During the final lap I was really pressing to catch Anna Maxwell (the winner from San Lorenzo Valley). I almost caught up to her, only losing by a second.”

The day before at the trials, Robinson ran a 4:51 to take fourth in the event (there was no preliminary race for the 3,200).

St. Francis High senior Marc Toney was the only other local athlete to advance beyond the trials. He qualified for the finals of the pole vault, finishing in a 12-way tie for first by clearing 15 feet, 5.75 inches Friday. Toney vaulted 15-10 Saturday, tying Chino Hill’s Dillon Groene for sixth.

Mountain View High’s Kolisa Nhlapo finished 24th in the 300 hurdles Friday, running a 46.52 that was 2.5 seconds off her school-record time. The junior said the poor air quality in the San Joaquin Valley affected her performance.

“I actually had difficulty breathing,” she said.

Nhlapo added that she “felt honored to attend the state meet.”

Los Altos High’s Brian Yeager placed 25th in the triple jump trials with an effort of 42-5.75.

The sophomore – who didn’t start triple jumping until the Eagles’ March 26 meet against Palo Alto – went 2 feet farther the week before at the Central Coast Section finals, where he secured second.

“I was a little bit intimidated going against the best in the state and some of the best in the nation,” Yeager said. “But it was a good experience; next year I’ll know what I’m up against.”

And what did he learn from his state experience?

“I need to work hard and strengthen my legs a lot,” he said. “The people there were really good and had strong legs – they could power through their jumps.”

Yeager said he jumped nearly 45 feet on his second attempt Friday, but it was ruled a scratch.

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