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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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All A’s


Photo By: Courtesy of Keith Higgins
Photo Courtesy Of Keith Higgins

The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League A’s capped a perfect season by winning the Minors AA Division championship Thursday at Purissima Park. Front row, from left Johnny Colet, Sameer Singh, Corey Wang, Cameron Wang, Andy Higgins, Cole Cox, Lance Kluge, Matt Poppitz, Nasir Naqvi, Rohan Agarwal and Matthew Kumpf. Back Coaches An-Ti Wang, Tom Poppitz, Keith Higgins (head coach) and Jeff Cox. Not pictured Player Cedric Chan.

These A’s truly were amazing.

The Athletics of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League completed a perfect season Thursday with a one-run win over the Cubs in the finals of the Minors AA Division tournament.

“Our kids had a season I think many will remember for the rest of their lives,” head coach Keith Higgins said. “We worked very hard, we had a lot of fun, we got a lot better and we had a very successful and rewarding season.”

The A’s finished 23-0, which may make them the first Minors AA squad (ages 8-10) in league history to go undefeated.

“We don’t know for sure – they don’t track every season – but to the best of one of the commissioner’s recall, it’s never happened before,” said Tom Poppitz, A’s assistant coach. “But the 23-0 can’t be disputed – that’s locked in.”

The last five wins came in the 10-team league tournament at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills. The A’s routed the Red Sox 18-3 in their May 30 opener, edged the Giants 8-6 two days later and crushed the Cardinals 13-2 June 7 to reach the championship round.

Facing a team that was also 3-0 in the double-elimination tourney, the A’s needed to beat the Cubs twice to claim the crown. The A’s clipped the Cubs 16-14 June 8 and eked out a 7-6 win Thursday.

“The Cubs are a very good team and very well coached,” Higgins said, “and we had to play our absolute best in the final game.”

The A’s jumped to an early lead in the title-clinching contest. They scored three runs – all during a two-out rally – in the first inning and two in the second. After three innings of what Higgins described as “stingy defense,” the A’s allowed two runs in the fourth that made it a 5-2 game.

But the defense flourished in the fifth, as A’s shortstop Andy Higgins made “two heroic outs,” Poppitz said, to keep the Cubs from getting closer.

The A’s added two runs in the bottom of the fifth frame for a 7-2 advantage.

But that almost wasn’t enough. The Cubs refused to surrender, scoring four times in the sixth. They had two men on base – with the tying run on third – when the final out of the game was made.

“For anyone who watched, it was one of the most exciting, well-played AA games this year,” said coach Higgins, who attributed the quick contest (approximately 65 minutes) to “the great defenses of both teams.”

While proud of the perfect season, coaches Higgins and Poppitz were just as pleased with the manner in which their A’s went about it.

“It was a thrill to watch our boys develop so much as skillful players, as selfless dedicated teammates and as individuals that won gracefully,” said Poppitz, who worked alongside assistant coaches An-Ti Wang and Jeff Cox. “I couldn’t possibly be more proud of them.”

Added Higgins, “Our kids showed great sportsmanship during the season and battled hard in several games down the stretch that were very close.”

Team members included Rohan Agarwal, Cedric Chan, Johnny Colet, Cole Cox, Andy Higgins, Lance Kluge, Matthew Kumpf, Nasir Naqvi, Matt Poppitz, Sameer Singh, Cameron Wang and Corey Wang.

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