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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

Los Altos doubles team successfully defends CCS crown


Photo By: Bill Wong/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Bill Wong/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos tennis players Spencer Simonides, left, and Anthony Bello flank coach Bill Wong after they won the CCS doubles title.

Height is not only helpful in basketball, but also in tennis – as Los Altos High’s Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides proved last week.

The 6-foot-4 Bello and 6-5 Simonides used their superior size to repeat as Central Coast Section doubles champs.

“When the oppositions started to lob, they managed to hit overheads away with their height advantages,” Eagles coach Bill Wong said.

Bello and Simonides – who played No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, during the regular season and team playoffs – didn’t lose a set in the CCS individual tournament, held May 14 and 15 at Imperial Courts in Aptos.

In the final, the top-seeded seniors defeated Valley Christian’s Bryce McElvie and Bernardo de la Cabada 6-4, 6-2.

“They both served and volleyed well (May 15),” Wong said of his players, both headed for Pomona College in the fall.

Boys volleyball

That midseason sweep of Mitty didn’t do much for Mountain View in last week’s rematch with the Central Coast Section Division I title on the line.

The Monarchs brought out the broom May 14, stunning the top-seeded Spartans 28-26, 25-19, 26-24 at Independence High.

In comparing this match to the previous meeting, Mountain View coach M. Anthony Chen said, “the last time we came from behind twice to pull out the victory. This time, on a bigger stage, it was Mitty that executed.”

Logan Allen was the lone Spartan to reach double digits in kills, totaling 10; Ryan McLaughlin was next with eight.

Chen, who goes by MAC, said the match “came down to executing.” After failing to close out the tight first set, Mountain View struggled in the second until making a late run that proved too little, too late. The Spartans fell behind in the third set as well, but rallied to take a 24-20 lead. They then missed a serve that would have clinched the game, and second-seeded Mitty reeled off six straight points for the win.

“Yes, (it was) a tough, frustrating loss, but it does not diminish how proud I am of my boys and their efforts this season,” said MAC, whose team lost for only the second time this year.

But the season didn’t end there for Mountain View. The Spartans (28-2) qualified for the inaugural Northern California playoffs, scheduled to begin Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline).

Golf

After back-to-back second-place finishes, Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan is shooting for first in the final two postseason events of the year.

“One of my goals entering high school was to win each level – the CCS regional, the CCS championships, NorCal and state,” said the Menlo School senior, who tied for second at the section championships last week and at the regional the week before. “I’ve won the first two (last year), and now I hope to win the last two.”

The first of the remaining tournaments – the Northern California championships – was scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson.

While Buchanan, who has battled a back injury the past month, wouldn’t guarantee a win, he expected to at least qualify for the state championships. The top nine individuals and top three teams advance to the tourney, slated June 5 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“Normally, anything under par (is good enough to qualify), and I feel pretty confident I can do that,” he said. “But I want to go as low as possible to see if I can win it.”

Buchanan, who declared his back “fully healthy,” shot a 2-under-par 69 at the CCS championships May 14 at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel.

“I hit the ball pretty consistently, but I didn’t putt that great,” he said. “It was a good round, but I can definitely improve for NorCal.”

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