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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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Mountain View sinks Harker in girls water polo

There was no doubt about this one. The Mountain View High girls water polo team dominated Harker from start to finish Thursday, prevailing 17-0.

The Spartans led 5-0 after one quarter, doubling their advantage by halftime. Eight players scored for Mountain View in its first shutout of the season.

Spartans coach Drew Enlow said junior Arlynda Huerta “was strong on both offense and defense,” totaling three goals, three assists and two steals.

Mountain View, which crushed Cupertino 19-5 two days earlier, improved to 2-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 6-2 overall.

Los Altos opened its SCVAL De Anza Division slate with a 14-3 loss at Gunn Thursday.

Kimberlyn Tilley scored twice and Ellen Roper had the Eagles’ other goal. Goalie Romy Aboudarham made 18 saves.

The Eagles then fell 15-6 to Leland Friday; Tilley and Ya’el Wiener scored two goals each.

Host St. Francis skunked Menlo-Atherton 9-0 Friday, scoring six goals by halftime. Courtney Batcheller totaled four goals.

Girls volleyball

Los Altos swept host Harker Thursday, raising its overall record to 6-2. Michelle Albright and Carmen Annevelink tallied 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for the Eagles.

Behind a balanced attack, Mountain View topped Lynbrook in three games Friday. The Spartans improved to 2-6 with strong performances from Megan Robinson (nine kills, six aces, 14 assists), Elyse Fitzsimons (eight kills, two blocks), Rosa Lutz (eight kills, three aces) and Moira Huang (five kills, three aces).

Earlier in the week, Mountain View lost in three games to Presentation. Maegan Nevalsky (five kills), Fitzsimons (four kills, six blocks) and Robinson (two kills, five blocks, five aces) led the Spartans Sept. 16.

Paced by Taylor Poncetta, St. Francis won three nonleague matches at home last week. The senior notched 15 kills Sept. 16 in a sweep of Menlo-Atherton, 17 in a four-game victory over Salinas and 11 Thursday in a sweep of Burlingame.

The Lancers improved to 8-4.

Pinewood opened play in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division with a straight-set loss at Mercy Burlingame Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted 22 kills for the Panthers, while setter Tehmi den Braven recorded 24 assists.

Pinewood, which earlier in the week swept Woodside Priory, went to 3-2 overall.

Girls golf

St. Francis remains atop the WCAL after winning both its matches last week.

The Lancers followed a 209-274 rout of Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 16 with a 212-219 win over Presentation Sept. 18.

Bibi Liu posted the best score both days – tying teammate Valerie Wang for medalist honors against Notre Dame – at Shoreline Golf Links (par 36).

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