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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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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Finishing strong


Photo By: Courtesy of Dave Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of Dave Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan shot an even-par 71 at the CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championships, good enough to tie for eighth place.

Although Andrew Buchanan fell short in his bid to claim the individual title at last week’s CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championships – finishing five shots behind the winner – he couldn’t have played the final hole of his high school career much better.

The Los Altos Hills resident, who started his round on the 10th, capped it with a birdie on the longest hole at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“It was a nice finish to my high school golf career, and it felt good to birdie the par 5 ninth hole, which was my last hole today,” Buchanan said after the June 5 event.

The birdie on that 541-yard hole was his fourth of the day, guaranteeing the Menlo School senior an even-par round of 71. That was good enough to tie three other golfers for eighth place.

“He was certainly hoping to shoot a couple of strokes better at state – and had two short putts lip out – but everyone has a story about what could have been,” said Dave Buchanan, Andrew’s father and Menlo’s coach.

Quail Lodge is a short course (6,449 yards), so Buchanan kept his drivers in the bag most of the day. He used drivers on only two tee shots, according to his dad.

Buchanan got off to a solid start, bagging two birdies and just one bogey at the turn. That left him 1-under par with nine holes remaining.

Buchanan posted just as many birdies on the front nine, but his three bogeys bogged him down. It took that birdie on the ninth hole to save Buchanan from slipping to 12th place.

The tournament featured a field of 54; qualifiers included the top nine individuals and top three teams of six from each regional final (North and South). Buchanan also shot par at the NorCal tourney, tying for fourth.

“I guess the thing that stands out to me about Andrew’s postseason this year was that he did not shoot over par in any round (state, NorCal, Central Coast Section finals and CCS regionals),” Dave said.

During the regular season, Andrew led Menlo to an undefeated league season. He was either medalist or co-medalist in every match.

“It has been fun to watch Andrew grow up during his high school career, and I really respect his commitment to golf and putting in the practice times that he did,” Dave said.

Andrew graduated from Menlo Friday and will next play for Southern Methodist University on a scholarship.

“It is definitely bittersweet to be leaving Menlo,” he said. “I have really enjoyed my teammates and I am looking forward to playing for SMU in the fall.”

Before that, Buchanan is scheduled to compete in a slew of summer events, starting with the 102nd California State Amateur. The tourney is slated to begin Monday at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

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