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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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Los Altos edges Overfelt in football; Mtn. View volleyball falls to Westmont


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Elyse Fitzsimons notched eight kills for Mountain View in a loss at Westmont.

Running back Sean Lanoza’s fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the game-winner for the Los Altos High football team, which edged host Overfelt 17-10 Friday night.

Lanoza rushed for 66 yards in the nonleague game, 10 of which came on the TD run.

The Eagles (2-0) overcame three turnovers, two missed field goals and the absence of quarterback Lambie Lanman.

With Lanman out for what coach Trevor Pruitt described as “family reasons,” receiver Patrick McColl moved from receiver to quarterback. McColl – who tossed a first-quarter touchdown pass to Victor Ruiz – “led our team to a great victory,” Pruitt said.

The Eagles are scheduled to play their homecoming game 7:30 p.m. Friday against rival Mountain View at Foothill College.

After two games, Mountain View still seeks its first points of the season. The Spartans fell 48-0 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday; they lost 45-0 to Burlingame the previous week.

Mountain View trailed 14-0 after one quarter of Saturday’s game and 34-0 at halftime.

“Defense played well for the first quarter, (but) injuries caused some issues with depth,” Spartans coach Shelley Smith said. “(We) really did not execute very well after the first quarter on both sides of the ball.”

Mountain View committed five turnovers in total – three interceptions and two fumbles.

Pinewood kicked off its season of eight-man football with a 40-6 rout of Stuart Hall.

Girls volleyball

Mountain View dropped to 1-5 with a four-game loss at Westmont Thursday.

Elyse Fitzsimons tallied eight kills and five blocks for the Spartans; Rosa Lutz and Moira Huang added five kills each.

Los Altos split a pair of road games last week to go to 5-2. The Eagles beat Westmont in four games Sept. 10 and lost to Burlingame in four Friday.

Carmen Annevelink led Los Altos in kills both days, tallying 28 against Westmont and 16 versus Burlingame.

After sweeping Aptos to start last week, St. Francis dropped four-game matches to Bishop O’Dowd and Menlo to fall to 5-3. Taylor Poncetta notched 12 kills in the Sept. 9 win over Aptos.

Girls water polo

Mountain View went 2-1 at last weekend’s Lincoln Tournament. The Spartans bounced back from a 10-2 opening-round loss to Pioneer by beating Santa Teresa 13-6 and Silver Creek 12-3.

In the final game, freshman Kate Atherton scored five goals on seven shots.

“(That) forced Silver Creek to double-team her, which opened things up for the rest of the team,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose Spartans improved to 4-2.

The St. Francis Invitational went to the home team. The Lancers knocked off league foe Sacred Heart Prep 9-4 Saturday in the title game of the tournament.

St. Francis beat Burlingame, Mitty and Clovis West to reach the final. Senior Courtney Batcheller scored seven goals in the 12-4 semifinal win over Clovis.

Boys water polo

Host Menlo defeated St. Francis 10-5 Friday in nonleague action. Shawn Welch scored twice for the Lancers (0-1).

Girls golf

Paced by medalist Nancy Xu, St. Francis opened the season with a 202-224 win over Menlo Sept. 11 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View.

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