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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

Lancers claim another CCS crown in gymnastics


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Melissa Seaman was one of four St. Francis gymnasts to win an event at the CCS meet.

The St. Francis High gymnastics team didn’t quite reach its goal of posting the best score in school history at the Central Coast Section championships, but the Lancers did forge new ground in winning the meet.

Although St. Francis has captured all four individual events at CCS before, last week marked the first time a different member of the team won each of them. Kelsey Celaya claimed the vault, Abby Purnell won the uneven bars, Tessa Divita finished first on the balance beam and Melissa Seaman took home top honors on the floor exercise May 15 at Gymtowne in South San Francisco.

“We’ve never done that before – have a different girl win each event,” said coach Lynn Horiye, who guided the Lancers to their 14th consecutive CCS crown and 18th overall. “I don’t know if it’s ever been done.”

Dominating with depth, St. Francis posted a team score of 152.250 – just 0.250 shy of its best showing at CCS. Runner-up Lowell totaled 147.50; Los Altos finished fourth at 141.525.

“We had a good meet,” Horiye said. “The girls wanted to (make school history) and were a little disappointed that they didn’t, but the judging is harder at CCS.”

Yet three Lancers notched their best scores in winning individual events at the meet: sophomore Celaya on the vault (9.825), freshman Divita on the beam (9.7) and sophomore Purnell on the bars (9.9). Freshman Seaman’s 9.8 on the floor was just 0.10 off her top score of the season and 0.25 better than runner-up Alicia Woo of Tracy.

The only thing the Lancers didn’t win at CCS was the all-around title, which went to Lowell’s Jolie Chiu (38.550). Purnell placed a close second (38.525).

“She had her best meet,” Horiye said.

Seaman took third (38.350) and sophomore Celaya came in fifth (38.150).

Mountain View’s Elaine Silverman finished sixth with an all-around score of 38.0, while teammate Emilia Mancilla placed 15th (36.175). One of the Spartans’ four gymnasts scratched on the vault, which prevented them from placing in the team competition, according to coach Shannon Thoke.

Kelli Yamaguma led Los Altos, tying Mountain View’s Elizabeth Murray for 17th (35.850).

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