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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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Repeat feat for Lancers


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High linebacker John Powers drills Palma quarterback Mitch Kidd in the second half of Friday’s game.

On a night St. Francis High reunited and honored its 1983 Central Coast Section championship football team, the 2013 Lancers made their own mark.

St. Francis (2-0), playing its home opener, posted its second straight shutout in a 26-0 win over Palma (0-2) Friday.

The Lancers have held five of their last six opponents scoreless, dating back to last year. The last two shutouts have come under new head coach Greg Calcagno.

“Cannot ask for anymore than that,” Calcagno said. “The defense has done a fine job. … The kids are fantastic and they’re believing in what we’re doing.”

Junior linebacker Steve Dinneen led the Lancer defense with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Dinneen was part of a unit that limited the visiting Chieftains to only 104 yards of offense, with only nine of those coming in the fourth quarter. Palma ran just seven offensive plays in the final quarter and finished the game 0-for-10 on third downs.

Offensively, the Lancers did most of their work on the ground, running for 248 of their 270 total yards. Senior running back Alex Andrighetto led the team with 136 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Senior Landon Baty added 72 yards rushing on eight touches.

“We knew a bunch of people were going to be here for the opener tonight,” Andrighetto said of the team’s home-opening win. “We wanted to put on a show and that’s what I told our guys we were going to do – put on a clinic.”

Calcagno said with several players like Andrighetto and Baty playing on offense and defense this season, teammates like Devin Hurtado – who added 39 yards rushing – will likely see increased playing time at running back.

“Whoever is able to go, we’ll get them the ball and they’ll make some plays,” the coach said. “They each have a couple of different things they do well, and it’s nice to be able to alternate them and have success.”

The win was Calcagno’s first at home since taking over a program once run by his father, Ron Calcagno. The elder Calcagno was among those honored Friday; he coached the 1983 title team.

“A lot of guys were coming from back East and all over,” Greg Calcagno said of the 1983 team reunion. “It was a special night for them and for us, and for what we’re trying to do with our traditions at St. Francis.”

Leading 6-0 after a pair of first-half field goals by Patrick Fordham, the Lancers padded their slim lead early in the third quarter with a six-play, 81-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from Andrighetto with 7:19 remaining. St. Francis opted for the two-point conversion, which failed and left the lead at 12-0.

Andrighetto, who gained 57 of his game-high 136 yards on the drive, wasn’t done. He added his second rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run with eight minutes left in the fourth. The 66-yard drive pushed the lead to 19-0 after the PAT.

Ten seconds later, junior defensive back Riley Quinn picked off a pass from Palma quarterback Mitch Kidd. The Lancers were back in the end zone soon after, this time getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Hurtado. The PAT extended St. Francis’ lead to 26-0 with 4:35 remaining.

The Lancers are scheduled to host Skyline 7:30 p.m. Friday.


2013 Football: St. Francis High School vs. Palma High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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