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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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Los Altos High's strength is in singles, but coach is counting on doubles, too


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Kacey Incerpi, playing No. 2 singles, is undefeated this season.

The Los Altos High girls tennis team relies heavily on all the single ladies, but the doubles players will most assuredly have to contribute if the Eagles are going to be a hit this season.

“Our strength is in singles, like last year, but you also need strong doubles to win high school matches,” said coach Hung Nguyen, whose team is off to a 4-3 start. “We need the doubles to pick it up and take some pressure off the singles, and I think they will.”

The singles ladder is anything but rickety, featuring the formidable foursome of Juliette Martin, Kacey Incerpi, Carina Burdick and Whitney Mathews. They entered this week with a combined record of 23-3.

Sophomore Martin is in the top spot, just ahead of senior Incerpi, who played No. 1 last year.

Martin “is stronger than last year,” Nguyen said. “She has a bright future and should dominate by senior year.” Martin has a 5-2 record.

Incerpi is undefeated (7-0) and “playing her best tennis,” the coach said. “She’s been really good this year. She has drawn interest from several colleges, according to Nguyen.

Burdick sports the same spotless record, wowing the coach with her play.

“She has all the shots,” said Nguyen, who added that the versatile sophomore excels in doubles as well. “She’s the most gifted, in terms of strokes.”

Although Burdick is at No. 3 singles, the coach said she and No. 4 player Mathews “are very close” and the two have swapped spots on occasion. Mathews, a junior transfer, is 6-1.

Unlike in singles, Los Altos is stocked with seniors in doubles. Five of the team’s six seniors are doubles players, but only a few of them saw extensive action last year.

Nguyen said he is still “trying to find the right combinations” in doubles. Avery Ikeda and Anica Nangia are establishing themselves as the top team – winning both matches at No. 1 last week – while fellow seniors Elizabeth Fuchs and Haley Jones are in the second spot.

Junior Nina Kamangar and sophomore Niki Moha have been playing No. 3 doubles, though junior Brittany Cheng and senior Laura Shea “are in the mix, too,” Nguyen said.

Another player may soon join that mix. Madeline Bourquin, a transfer from St. Francis, “is waiting in the wings,” Nguyen said. The junior will be eligible to play Oct. 7, according to the coach, who envisions the junior playing No. 3 doubles or in relief in singles.

If the doubles players continue to improve, which Nguyen is confident they will, the Eagles might just exceed last season’s success. Los Altos reached the third round of the Central Coast Section playoffs after tying Lynbrook for third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

“This year, my hope is to finish alone in third or maybe second,” he said.

After opening the season by going 2-2 in the top division of the California High School Tennis Classic in Fresno, Los Altos won two of its three matches last week. The Eagles fell 4-3 to Saratoga in their division opener, beat Milpitas 6-1 in nonleague play and blanked rival Mountain View 7-0. Los Altos won all but one of Thursday’s matches against the Spartans in straight sets.


2013 girls tennis: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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