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News

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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Eagles expect to compete for league crown


Town Crier file photo
Meghan McDermott is one of four seniors on the Los Altos High volleyball team.

Graduation has gutted several volleyball teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division, putting the league title “really up for grabs,” according to Los Altos High coach Peter Kim.

So can the Eagles – with five returning starters – grab it?

“I’m hoping,” Kim said. “We have a lot of experience and talent. It’s one of our goals – we’d definitely like to be in the mix.”

Los Altos returns nine players in all, many of whom contributed to last season’s playoff team, which finished fourth in the league and 22-15 overall.

Returnees include senior setter Hanna Koehler and junior outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, who earned first-team all-league honors a year ago, and senior libero Katie Tritschler, a second-team selection. Seniors Meghan McDermott (outside hitter) and Michelle Albright (right-side hitter), along with juniors Jenna Hoover (middle blocker) and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh (setter), are also back after playing significant roles last season.

The Eagles have added just five players to the roster, including talented transfer Megan Wilhelm from powerhouse-program Mitty.

“She’s in the race for playing time,” Kim said of the 5-foot-9 sophomore, who plays right-side and outside hitter. “But that’s going to be hard to get for some of the nonstarters.”

As new starters go, Los Altos has one for sure – 5-10 junior Kristen Liu, who Kim said will play alongside the 6-1 Hoover in the middle. Christiansen-Salameh may join the starting lineup as well, teaming with Koehler at setter if Los Altos opts for a 6-2 offense.

“I’m leaning toward it,” the coach said of running a two-setter system. “It frees up three hitters consistently in the front row and gives Hanna more of a chance to pass and hit.”

Koehler and McDermott have been named co-captains of the team.

“Hanna is the perfect captain – she’s always upbeat, has a great attitude and is a good athlete,” Kim said. “We’re also going to lean on Meghan’s leadership. She’s super competitive and super consistent.”

Tritschler – whose sophomore sister Sarah is on the team as well – “is one of the better liberos in our league,” the coach said. “She gets a lot of balls, reads offenses well and is competitive.”

Kim also had high praise for outside hitter Annevelink, the team’s tallest player at 6-2.

“She’s our best hitter,” he said. “I expect big things from her this year. She should be one of the strongest players in the league.”

On the right side, 6-footer Albright “has gotten a lot better over the years,” Kim said, and “her blocking is really important” to the team’s success.

The coach expects two other players to bring the blocks as well. Middle blockers Hoover and Liu “will be super important to what we do,” Kim said.

This weekend the Eagles get a chance to show what they can do. They open the season at Spikefest I, an all-day tournament scheduled to begin 8 a.m. Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.

“I’m very fired up to get this season started,” Kim said. “We want to start off running and build as much momentum as possible.”

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