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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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Brushback caps stellar season, moves on to the next one


Courtesy of Kris Mims
Brushback Baseball Club’s 12-and-under team recently capped a 56-24 season. Front row, from left: Cole Baker, Nate Geiger, Zach Espiritu, Phillip Carey and Jared Norris. Back: Assistant coach Jojo Perez, Ethan Jean, Justin Nam, Derrick Turner, Johnson Ku, Stephen Johnson, Ryan Swearingen and head coach Kris Mims.

Playing a game known for numbers, Brushback Baseball’s 12-and-under team posted plenty of impressive stats.

The local travel team recently capped a 56-24 season that included six tournament titles, three second-place finishes and the sixth spot at a prestigious tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. Brushback ranked second in points among USSSA Majors teams from Northern California.

“The kids worked hard and it showed,” head coach Kris Mims said.

Brushback notched 10 shutouts and was blanked only twice all season. The team won 23 games on the 10-run mercy rule and averaged 7.44 runs per game.

Brushback got off to a so-so start, returning from an October trip to Las Vegas with a 12-12 record. Several rainouts followed, according to Mims, and the team didn’t play again until early January.

The team “took off” from there, the coach said, winning 44 of its final 56 games. Brushback went 5-1 in its bracket at Cooperstown – losing to the eventual champ – before splitting its last two games in the single-elimination playoffs. The squad belted 13 home runs in the tourney, five of them from Derrick Turner.

Turner topped the team in homers (nine) and RBIs (74) this season. Johnson Ku led Brushback in hits (86), runs (82), doubles (11) and stolen bases (56). Justin Nam pitched a team-high 61 innings, racking up the most wins (eight) and strikeouts (74) and the lowest ERA (2.93). Nate Geiger finished with the best fielding percentage (.983).

“Overall it was a great 12U season for Brushback Baseball,” Mims said. “Let’s hope that in 2013-2014 we will continue to build on that success.”

The team began its 13U season last week.

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