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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


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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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Spunky Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Anthony Avery is the new quarterback for Mountain View High, moving from the receiver position he played the past two seasons.

Depleted but not defeated. That could be the mantra for this year’s Mountain View High football team.

The Spartans lack players – between 28 and 30 are expected to make varsity – but not determination, according to new head coach Shelley Smith.

“The kids have spunk and character, and we can compete if we have the right mindset,” he said. “The biggest thing is that they believe in what we’re trying to do.”

It’s yet to be seen if Mountain View’s aptitude can match its attitude. The Spartans, set to open the season at home against Burlingame 3:30 p.m. Friday, have few players with varsity experience. The roster includes 10 to 12 returnees, Smith estimated, and a handful of first-year players.

Quarterback Anthony Avery isn’t new to the team, but he is new to the position. The senior started at wide receiver the past two years. He now finds himself throwing passes instead of catching them after last year’s varsity and frosh-soph quarterbacks transferred (senior Will Fischer-Colbrie to St. Francis; sophomore Kyle Gounod to Los Altos).

“He’s never played quarterback before, but he’s working real hard,” said Smith, who intimated that Mountain View would take advantage of Avery’s athleticism.

Jake Butters is tabbed to start at fullback, linebacker and punter. The senior captain “is the ultimate team player,” Smith said, “and like a coach on the field.”

Two juniors are sharing carries at halfback – Austin Johnson and Isaiah Jackson, who start in the defensive backfield as well.

“Austin is one of our best all-around players and we’ll count on him a lot,” Smith said. “Isaiah is pretty quick, but not real big.”

Frank Kapp, last year’s starting tight end, “will play all over the place,” the coach said. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior is expected to see snaps at tight end, offensive tackle and defensive end.

Dylan Fluckinger, a 6-foot, 225-pound junior who transferred from Montana, is working at center, linebacker and defensive line. Other linemen who have impressed Smith include offensive guard Kris Reddy (6-1, 220 pounds) and offensive tackle/defensive end Matt McCarthy (6-1, 220), both juniors.

The coach also spoke highly of senior linebacker Brandon Swift and junior cornerback Jonathan Martinez, a first-year player.

With Avery moving under center, Mountain View has little experience at receiver. Senior Jorge Hernandez, also the backup quarterback, joins juniors Nico Mayoral and Peter Snelgrove as candidates to replace Avery as the go-to receiver.

Like several of their teammates, Hernandez and Snelgrove will pull double-duty, starting on defense as well (at safety and linebacker, respectively). Smith said 10 or 11 Spartans would play both ways.

The coach is aware of the toll that could take on the team, particularly when Mountain View gets into league. The Spartans play in the daunting SCVAL De Anza Division, in which they went 1-6 last year.

“We have to plan practices to handle the situation,” Smith said. “We have to be efficient, but not wear them out.”

Mountain View’s league slate includes a brutal stretch of games against perennial playoff teams.

“We play the big four all in a row,” Smith said, referring to Los Gatos, Wilcox, Palo Alto and Milpitas. “It’s like going through the meat grinder.”

The coach noticed something else about this year’s schedule.

“It seems like we’re playing in the homecoming game for a lot of our opponents,” Smith said. “But I don’t mind being the underdog in this thing – it’s a good position. The expectations on the team are high, but we’d rather lay low.”


2013 preseason football: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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