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West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2

West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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First one in the gym, last one to leave


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore speaks to campers last week at Foothill College. He just completed his rookie season.

The seemingly endless amount of energy Kent Bazemore exuded during his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors – whether he was on the court or on the bench – was on full display last week in Los Altos Hills.

Speaking in front of 137 youngsters attending the Warriors Basketball Camp at Foothill College, Bazemore couldn’t stand still as he told them about his rise from small-town kid to pro basketball player.

As he paced inside the large semicircle formed by an army of attentive campers, the 6-foot-5 guard explained how he made the NBA as an unheralded rookie last year and what it will take to remain in the league.

“First one in the gym and last one to leave. It sounds cliché, but that’s what you’ve got to do,” said Bazemore, wearing a long-sleeved Warriors T-shirt, gray sweatpants and bright-yellow high-top sneakers. “You’ve got to work hard.”

Bazemore was up at 4:45 a.m. that day, he told the campers, making sure to get in an extensive workout at the team’s practice facility before heading to Foothill.

There are few days off for an undrafted player like Bazemore, entering the final year of his partially guaranteed contract.

In an interview after the June 25 appearance, Bazemore told the Town Crier he started his offseason training two weeks after the Warriors were eliminated from the NBA playoffs in mid-May. He works with Warriors staff members daily on his shooting (“I’m extending my range”), ball handling and his specialty – defense.

“I’m working on closeouts and how to defend certain players,” said Bazemore, named the nation’s top defensive player as a senior at Old Dominion University.

Despite his defensive prowess, Bazemore was ignored on draft day a year ago. He told the campers that a DUI arrest and foot injury between his junior and senior seasons didn’t help him.

But Bazemore got a chance to show what he could do in the Las Vegas Summer League, playing well enough to earn a deal with the Warriors. Although he didn’t play much as a rookie – bouncing back and forth from the Warriors and their NBA Development League team in Santa Cruz – Bazemore suited up for the playoffs.

“It was kind of like I went from two totally different extremes,” he said. “I went from not getting drafted to our team having a great chance to play for an NBA championship. It was a great ride.”

Bazemore logged 17 minutes in the playoffs, and his lone basket was nearly the most important of the Warriors’ second-round series against the San Antonio Spurs. He gave Golden State a one-point lead on a reverse layup with 3.9 seconds left in double overtime, only to see the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili drain a jumper two seconds later to win the series opener.

“That was a tough way to lose,” said Bazemore, whose team fell to the Spurs in six games.

That may have been the biggest bucket of Bazemore’s pro career, yet he’s probably still better known for his sideline celebrations. His animated antics – which include kneeling while pointing an arm to the sky with three fingers extended and the other two forming a “0” – have been dubbed “Bazemoring.” It may not rival “Tebowing” – or even “Kaepernicking” – but Bazemore’s enthusiastic support of his teammates is more popular than he ever could have envisioned.

“I just want to bring energy – whether I’m on the floor or on the bench – and be that spark for the guys,” Bazemore said. “I would have never thought in a million years that the ‘Bazemoring’ thing would be what it is. It’s kind of a big deal in the Bay Area. You take a picture with a fan and they want you to do it. It’s crazy.”

Bazemore isn’t one to shy away from fans – especially youngsters like those he met at Foothill.

“It’s probably the most underrated part of the game – the influence you have on young kids,” he said. “It’s crazy, because growing up, you idolize players and do the stuff they do, and then to actually have someone (idolize you), it’s gratifying.”

Bazemore has come a long way since his days as a youth in Kelford, N.C., which he pointed out has only twice as many people as last week’s sold-out camp drew.

But Bazemore isn’t ready to proclaim that he’s made it. He recalled being ranked 499th out of 500 players by ESPN at the start of last season – something that’s motivated him to improve.

Bazemore reminds himself of this by writing “499” on one of his shoes before each game.

“I’m sure every player has doubters – it happens in the game of basketball – and people handle it differently,” he said. “I’ve embraced it.”

And Bazemore said that no matter how good he gets and how long he plays, the “499” stays.

“No question,” he said. “It’s something that’s going to stick.”

For more photos from Bazemore's visit to the Warriors Basketball Camp, click here.


Kent Bazemore visits Warriors Basketball Camp - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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