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West Nile fogging commences today

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations today in parts of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and San Jose.

Weather permitting, Santa Clara County Vecto...

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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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Oaks are off to 12-0 start

The significance of the day the Palo Alto Oaks opened their season isn’t lost on general manager Steve Espinoza.

The Los Altos High graduate noted that his semipro baseball team started play June 2 – which would have been the 100th birthday of Tony Makjavich, who managed the club for 49 years.

Espinoza was delighted with the result of the doubleheader at Palo Alto Baylands, where he said the Oaks “soundly beat the El Cerrito A’s.”

Palo Alto has won every game since, entering this week with a sparkling 12-0 record that leads the Western Baseball Association’s Stan Musial Division. The Oaks’ most recent wins came Sunday when they swept a doubleheader against their league nemesis – Fontanetti’s Athletics.

“We’ve been going at it for a long time,” Espinoza said of the rivalry.

The host Oaks flattened Fontanetti’s 10-1 in the first game, notching seven extra-base hits. Trevor Demerritt, Bryan Beres and Sheldon Daquioag each drilled two doubles, with the latter collecting four hits in the game.

Dominic Hernandez threw the first six innings to earn the win. Brand Norlander pitched the final three frames, striking out five.

The second game was closer, with the Oaks up just 1-0 after six innings. But their bats heated up as the temperature did and the team prevailed 5-0. Daquioag belted a two-run double, his second extra-base hit of the game.

Three Palo Alto pitchers combined for the shutout; Ricky Navarro, CJ Hillyer and Jacob Naval tossed three innings each.

Manager Greg Matson has a new middle infield this year featuring Demerritt at shortstop and Pedro Tostado and Travis Conroy platooning at second base.

The Oaks also have two players splitting time in center field – St. Francis High graduate Brian Fleischli and Maxx Sheehan. Both play at West Valley College.

Espinoza said other integral newcomers include Gilbert Guerra (closer/outfielder), Daquioag (outfielder/catcher), Naval (pitcher) and Gary Foster (catcher).

The veteran pitching staff “has been tough to hit,” said Espinoza, who praised Navarro, Hernandez, Norlander and Hillyer.

The Mountain View resident added that several vets have come up big at the plate, including Beres, Danny Ordonez, Julio Cortez and Allen Stiles.

The Oaks are scheduled to host a doubleheader 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Palo Alto Baylands.

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