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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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Locals run, jump their way to CCS championships


Photo By: Chris Scheetz/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Chris Scheetz/Special To The Town Crier Los Altos High’s Will Scheetz hands off to Tyler Polen in the boys 4x100 relay Saturday.

No local girl had a better day at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals than Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson. The Los Altos Hills resident won the 3,200-meter run and placed second in the 1,600 race Saturday at Gilroy High.

Robinson ran the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 45.54 seconds – nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Danielle Katz of Los Gatos – and placed roughly one second behind San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell in the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.10.

“I feel good about (Saturday’s) races,” Robinson said. “My main focus at CCS trials was just to qualify for CCS finals.”

The finals are scheduled Friday back at Gilroy (4 p.m. field events, 6 p.m. track races), where Robinson aims to run her best and advance to next week’s state meet.

“My expectations for Friday would be to place well in CCS and to run PRs (personal records),” the junior said. “I think if I can accomplish both of those things, I will be happy.”

Mountain View’s Kolisa Nhlapo also qualified for the finals in two events. The junior finished fourth in the girls 300 hurdles (45.66) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.62).

“I feel good about the meet results; all of my personal goals were met,” Nhlapo said. “I will be entering the CCS finals with renewed vigor.”

The Spartans qualified two more girls for the finals, both in the 1,600. Melissa Reed placed sixth (5:02.10) and Maya Weigel came in 10th (5:13.17).

Lauren Jacobs will represent the Los Altos girls Friday. The freshman finished seventh in the 3,200 (11:14.27).

On the boys side, Los Altos senior Danny Yeager qualified in three events. He placed second in the 300 hurdles (38.69), tied for fifth in the high jump (clearing 6 feet, 2 inches) and ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay, which came in sixth (3:27.58). Arthur Bogdanovich ran the first leg, Konrad Niemiec the second and Willem Van Eck anchored the relay.

The Eagles’ 4x100 relay advanced as well. The team of Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Van Eck ran a 43.25 to nab the eighth and final spot in the finals.

“We did not have our best races in the relays but managed to sneak into finals,” said co-head coach Dave Barth, who noted that his research shows this is only the second time Los Altos has qualified both boys relay teams for the meet. “It is very hard at CCS (semifinals) to qualify for CCS finals because every team shows up ready to perform.”

Brian Yeager will join his older brother at the finals. The sophomore took fourth in the triple jump (44-7.50). Mountain View’s Drew Russert also advanced in the event, placing eighth (43-9).

Kevin Bastoul was the other Spartan to qualify, seizing the last berth with a 12th-place time of 4:27.65.

St. Francis shines

St. Francis will have several competitors at Friday’s CCS finals.

For the boys, Khalid Johnson has qualified in the 100 and 200 dashes, while twin brother Khalil made it in the long jump. Khalid won the 200 (21.79) and took second in the 100 (11.02) at the semifinals; Khalil was fifth in the long jump (22-7).

Marc Toney tied for first in the pole vault (13-0) and Gabriel McLarnan earned eighth in the 800 run (1:56.41). Both relay teams won their races, with the 4x100 tying rival Bellarmine for first (42.0) and the 4x400 prevailing outright (3:24.74).

Two St. Francis girls advanced: Lauren Johnson in the triple jump (second, 37-3.75) and 100 hurdles (fifth, 15.37) and Mackenzie Florant in the high jump (fifth, 5-0).

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