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News

LASD opens registration for online strategy sessions

As the Los Altos School District plans how to spend its $150 million in Measure N bond funds, its initial goal is to broaden community input.

Following an April 22 meeting, the district is casting a wider net in the hopes of soliciting feedback from...

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Schools

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but s...

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Community

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Alda

Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for...

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Sports

Eagles, Spartans advance

Eagles, Spartans advance


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening ro...

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Comment

Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to tra...

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Special Sections

Planting is possible despite drought

Planting is possible despite drought


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Wash the soilless mix off the root ball into the same container in which you have placed the clay soil from the planting hole. Remove at least an inch from the top and sides of the plant.

In this continuing dro...

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Business

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour,...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

GUY WILSON SHOUP

Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Lo...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Th...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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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

Xu rebounds to win lower flight of golf tourney


Photo By: Courtesy of Sally Tomlinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sally Tomlinson

St. Francis High’s Nancy Xu holds her award for winning the Helen Lengfeld Flight of last week’s California Junior Girls State Championship.

After just missing the top flight of 32 golfers at last week’s 64th California Junior Girls’ State Championship, Nancy Xu turned disappointment into delight by beating the other half of the field.

The incoming senior at St. Francis High, who was a stroke shy of qualifying for the Championship Flight, won the Helen Lengfeld Flight Thursday at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. In the match-play final, Sunnyvale resident Xu edged Felicia Medalla of Sausalito in 19 holes.

“It was a pretty long match,” Xu said. “We were close the whole day and both made pretty good shots.”

Even until the 15th hole, both girls bagged birdies on 16 and Xu drained a 10-foot putt on 18 to force a playoff. That meant returning to the 400-yard first hole, not an ideal starting spot for Xu.

“It’s a pretty long par 4, which I thought was a disadvantage for me because she shot longer,” said Xu, who estimated that Medalla was driving the ball 10-20 yards farther than she was that day. “But I had a good drive on that hole.”

That drive traveled approximately 155 yards, according to Xu, which was about the same distance Medalla hit her ball.

Advantage negated.

Two strokes later, Xu made a 20-yard chip shot from the right rough for the win.

“It was really exciting,” said Xu, who notched four birdies on the day and didn’t have a bogey on the back nine.

After shooting a 10-over-par 83 on Monterey’s challenging Dunes Course in the stroke-play qualifier, Xu rebounded with three match-play wins to reach the lower-flight final.

“I got used to the greens a little bit and managed to get my game together,” she said.

In the round of 16, Xu beat Los Altos High incoming senior Kelsey Kawaguchi in a match that spanned 18 holes.

“It was just a friendly match,” said Xu, who has played Kawaguchi several times over the years, “and it was pretty close.”

Xu beat another local participant in the next round. She topped Los Altos resident Simar Singh 6 and 4 in the quarterfinals.

Singh, 13, won the tournament’s Starlets division (ages 9-12) the past two years.

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