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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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Mountain View High graduate Fisher nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year


Matt Mitgang/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View native Marilee Fisher leaves Washington University in St. Louis with the fourth-most assists in school history.

Four years after walking onto the women’s volleyball team, Marilee Fisher is walking away from Washington University in St. Louis with a diploma, a national championship and a nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year.

“It turned out better than I could have ever dreamed,” the Mountain View High graduate said of her college career.

Fisher added that “Never in a million years” would she have expected so much success. She arrived at Washington – a private school with approximately 7,300 students that boasts one of the top NCAA Division III volleyball programs in the nation – as a walk-on slated to be the third-string setter

The team’s senior starter suffered an injury prior to training camp that summer, however, leaving Fisher to compete with a returnee for the role of No. 1 setter. Fisher not only won the job, she played an integral role in the Bears’ run to the 2009 national championship. The 5-foot-8 freshman led the nation in assists per set (11.40) and was named second team All-American and NCAA Central Region Most Outstanding Player.

Fisher ranked that sensational season as one of the two highlights of her college career.

“The other was being able to work and play alongside such dedicated, passionate and hardworking teammates for the past four years,” she said. “I have made lifelong friends in them and feel very lucky to be their teammate.”

Washington didn’t nab another national title during Fisher’s time on the team, but the Bears exceeded 30 wins in each of the past three seasons. They went as far as the NCAA regionals last fall, losing to Elmhurst College in the final.

“Although we did not end up doing as well as we could have, my senior season was a great way to spend my last year of competitive volleyball – alongside great teammates,” Fisher said. “Although I received personal recognition, I would have given all of it up for our ultimate team goal – winning the national championship.”

The Mountain View native earned first team All-America honors her senior, junior and sophomore seasons. Fisher is one of only four players in Washington history to start at setter all four years, according to head coach Rich Luenemann. She totaled 4,475 assists in her career, which ranks fourth on the school’s all-time list.

“Marilee is an extraordinary setter and an even finer young woman,” Luenemann said. “She is very coachable and trained diligently to enhance her setting from both a skills and a leadership perspective.”

Those characteristics factored into Fisher’s latest honor – an NCAA Woman of the Year nomination. The list of 455 contenders across all NCAA divisions was revealed in June.

Although Fisher wasn’t among the 140 conference honorees announced Thursday who remain in contention for the award, she appreciated being nominated. Fisher said she was “surprised, excited and humbled all at once” when Washington’s sports information director called to tell her that college officials had chosen her for consideration. NCAA schools can submit the names of no more than two graduating student-athletes to their conferences for nomination.

“I did not expect to be chosen in the conference round,” Fisher said. “The University Athletic Association is revered for its academic excellence and is a Division III powerhouse in athletics. I felt incredibly humbled to have been chosen to represent such a distinguished and well-respected conference.”

Fisher surmised that her “determination, hard work and dedication to things I am passionate about led to my nomination.”

While her volleyball career at St. Louis is over, Fisher isn’t through with the sport – or the school.

After graduating in the spring with a degree in chemistry (and a 3.59 GPA), Fisher said she is returning to St. Louis next month to take a year of classes in preparation for the Graduate Record Exam. She plans to apply to graduate schools for pharmacology.

When Fisher is not studying, expect to see her setting.

“Absolutely yes!” Fisher said when asked if she plans to continue playing volleyball. “I jumped on that as soon as I could – I joined a club team in St. Louis and traveled to Louisville, Ky., to play in club nationals back in May. I look forward to playing more indoor volleyball as well as grass and sand volleyball.”

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