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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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Montalban is a hit in her first year at Loyola Marymount University


Photo By: Courtesy of Hannah Montalban
Photo Courtesy Of Hannah Montalban

As a freshman at Loyola Marymount University, Hannah Montalban hit the first grand slam of her softball career.

The first grand slam of Hannah Montalban’s softball career came at an appropriate yet unexpected time for the Los Altos resident.

Midway through her first season at Loyola Marymount University, Montalban snapped out of a series-long slump with a shot over the right-field fence that cleared the bases and beat Bakersfield 7-6 in the second game of a doubleheader.

“It was unforgettable,” the Homestead High graduate said. “I was struggling at the plate the whole day and was so frustrated. I got behind in the count – I fouled off a few pitches – then I turned on (the ball) and hit it out. It felt like nothing. I didn’t believe it.”

That March 24 grand slam highlighted a season of surprises from Montalban.

Montalban never imagined she would post the squad’s second-best batting average (.328) and top the team in doubles (14) in her inaugural season at LMU.

“I didn’t expect to start as a freshman,” the rightfielder said. “There were 10 freshmen on the team, and I think half of them were outfielders. With so much competition, I knew there was no room for slacking off, and I worked hard so I could get on the field.”

Lions head coach Gary Ferrin took notice.

“Hannah came to us as a bit of an unknown,” he said. “I was sure she would fit at this level but was not sure where. She made an immediate impact with her hitting, and I knew early on we had to have her in our lineup.”

Montalban began the season on the bench, but less than a month later she was proving her worth as a pinch hitter on the Lions’ long trip to Florida in early March. Seeing action in 10 of her team’s 12 tournament games, Montalban batted .438 (seven for 16) and drove in four runs.

“The coach put me in as a pinch hitter, then I started at DH (designated hitter),” she said. “I was on fire from then on and the coach had to put me in the lineup.”

Ferrin soon found a spot for Montalban in right field, a position she wasn’t accustomed to playing. At Homestead, where Montalban made varsity as a freshman, she primarily played shortstop.

“I mostly played infield in travel ball, too, but some outfield,” Montalban said. “But when the (LMU) coach recruited me, I told him, ‘Put me anywhere you need me.’ I consider myself an outfielder now.”

Ferrin noted that it took Montalban “a while to be comfortable” in the outfield, but “she made great progress as the year went on.”

Montalban, who started 38 games, is already preparing for next season. Home for the summer, Montalban said she is working with a trainer and practicing on her own.

“Hannah’s main strength is her real self-confidence combined with her drive to succeed,” Ferrin said. “Now that she has a year under her belt, I expect great things from her going forward.”

So does Montalban, who wants to help LMU make the playoffs.

“We were two games shy of winning league,” Montalban said of the Lions, who went 16-8 in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference and 33-23 overall. “We definitely want to do it next year.”

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