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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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