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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


Town Crier File Photo
Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Ecstatic about his Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High quarterback Lambie Lanman drops back to pass during practice last week. The senior is a returning starter.

Those who pitied Trevor Pruitt for taking the job of head football coach at Los Altos High may soon envy him.

A week into practice, the Eagles – who suffered through a winless 2012 season – looked much better than their new coach could have ever imagined.

“I thought it was going to be a rebuilding process, but it’s turning out to be the exact opposite,” Pruitt said. “I think we can compete for the El Camino championship.”

The leap from worst to first in the SCVAL El Camino Division may appear daunting, but Pruitt is confident Los Altos has what it takes to compete with the likes of Homestead, Monta Vista and Lynbrook for the crown.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this team,” said Pruitt, hired in February. “We’re tall, big, strong and fast.”

The former Mountain View High offensive coordinator expects the Eagles to hold the advantage in every game when it comes to measurable traits.

Los Altos’ size, in particular, will be difficult to match; the roster includes a slew of 6-footers, many of them weighing more than 200 pounds. And there may not be a bigger player in the league than Sami Fakalolo, a 6-foot-3, 360-pound junior.

Pruitt said Fakalolo “will anchor our defensive line.”

The coach also has high hopes for another nose tackle – 6-3, 275-pound freshman Tonga Keti.

“He’s learning and we’re giving him a chance (to play varsity),” Pruitt said of Keti, who wears size 17 cleats. “He had never played football before, but he has rugby experience and is aggressive.”

Opposing teams that get by Los Altos’ stout defensive line on runs up the middle will likely encounter another imposing figure in Ofisa Pati, a 5-11, 275-pound middle linebacker.

“He’s quick for his size,” Pruitt said of Pati, who will play alongside fellow senior Josh Williams. “He’s a big-time defender.”

The coach is just as excited about outside linebackers Duke Myers and Max Wilber. Although neither senior played on the team last year, Pruitt said they have the athleticism (both are standout baseball players) to contribute right away on both sides of the ball.

The coach described Myers as a “hybrid” who will take snaps at running back, receiver, tight end and even quarterback.

“He can do it all,” Pruitt said of Myers, who transferred from St. Francis High last year. “He hit the ground running.”

Wilber is also a transfer student; he played for Pruitt as a freshman at Mountain View High three years ago. The linebacker/tight end “is a key guy,” the coach said. “He leads by example.”

Quarterback Lambie Lanman is one of the few returning starters on offense. The studious senior is “working hard” to learn Pruitt’s offense, according to the coach.

“He texts and calls me all night long,” Pruitt said with a chuckle. “He won’t leave me alone.”

The coach added that Lanman – who also excels in baseball – is drawing interest from Ivy League colleges.

“I don’t think there’s a better quarterback in the league,” Pruitt said. “He’s a team leader, and nobody works harder.”

Look for speedy receiver Victor Ruiz to be among Lanman’s favorite targets.

“He’s an amazing kid who works hard,” Pruitt said of the senior, set to start at safety on defense. “He’s going to be an explosive player for us this year.”

Lanman shouldn’t have trouble finding two other players in the mix at receiver – 6-4 Patrick McColl and 6-3 Matt Schoner.

“Patrick is a great kid and he’s very intimidating,” Pruitt said. “Max is one of our fastest kids.”

Schoner is the team’s kicker as well and is vying to start on defense at cornerback.

Patrick Vargas “is going to carry a lot of the load” at running back, Pruitt said. The 5-9, 165-pound sophomore “is fast and has really good vision,” he added.

Sean Lanoza, a junior, is at fullback.

If bigger is better, the offensive line should be solid with the likes of Pati, Phillip Almeda ( 5-11, 240 pounds) and Henrik Berner (6-4, 260 pounds), a transfer from Norway.

While Los Altos has more size than a year ago, the increase in the number of players may prove even more important to the team’s success. The Eagles began last season with a 34-man roster and were down to only 18 healthy players a month later, forcing them to forfeit a game.

Los Altos is up to 40 players this year.

“We have a great turnout so far,” Pruitt said. “I’m really proud of the kids.”

The Eagles are scheduled to scrimmage against host Carlmont 7 p.m. Friday and open the season 1 p.m. Sept. 7 against visiting Burton of San Francisco.


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