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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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Eagles exact revenge on Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos receiver Patrick McColl tries to evade Mountain View defensive back Junior Savu. McColl caught four passes Friday.

Friday’s football game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs was similar in many ways to last year’s meeting. Both took place in front of large and spirited crowds under the lights at Foothill College, where the team celebrating homecoming trounced its rival in week three of the season.

This time, however, the Eagles did the trouncing: 32-14.

“It’s great to flip it around and win with a team effort today,” Los Altos quarterback Lambie Lanman said. “It was very emotional for me and the whole team, especially the seniors.”

Lanman and his senior teammates had never defeated Mountain View on the varsity level – or even come close. The Spartans routed the Eagles 55-8 last year and 43-6 in 2011.

Lanman, under center for both blowouts, did his part to snap that streak Friday night. He completed 17 of his 26 passes for a total of 230 yards and two touchdowns.

“The line was fabulous today – they blocked so well,” Lanman said. “I have to credit my receivers, too. They did a great job getting free and getting open.”

Lanman capped the Eagles’ opening drive with a 47-yard touchdown toss to receiver Victor Ruiz, who outran the Spartans’ secondary on his route down the right sideline.

Los Altos’ next two possessions resulted in points as well: Matt Schroner booted a 37-yard field goal and receiver Patrick McColl snared Lanman’s 24-yard pass in the corner of the end zone.

The Spartans – who drove to the Eagles’ 13-yard line on their first drive, only to commit a delay-of-game penalty that took them out of field-goal range – scored their first points of the season late in the half. Quarterback Anthony Avery plunged over the goal line on a 1-yard keeper, set up by passes to tight end Frank Kapp (27 yards) and receiver Austin Johnson (28 yards). The extra-point attempt failed, leaving Los Altos with a 17-6 edge with 1:46 left.

After the extended halftime (due to homecoming festivities), the Eagles extended their lead with a 45-yard field goal from Schroner. Halfback Sean Lanoza rushed for 29 of his game-high 75 yards on the drive.

Mountain View’s next possession ended in disaster – a high snap to punter Esteban Rivera, who had little choice but to try a pass that fell incomplete – giving Los Altos favorable field position.

Starting on the Spartans’ 24, the Eagles needed only five plays to score. Halfback Patrick Vargas darted up the middle, untouched, for a 14-yard touchdown. A failed two-point try left the score 26-6 with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Mountain View answered midway through the fourth on a 15-yard scamper by fullback Jake Butters, who shed tacklers along the way. The Spartans faked the extra point, with Avery instead throwing to Kapp in the end zone to make it 26-14 with 7:32 left.

The Eagles punctuated the win on the final play when Avery’s second interception of the night landed in the hands of linebacker Duke Myers, who returned it 43 yards for a score as time expired.

The victory boosted Los Altos’ record to 3-0 – the team’s best start since 2007.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” said first-year coach Trevor Pruitt, who took over a team that went 0-10 last season. “We’re practicing with a purpose and come into every game expecting to win.”

Mountain View, meanwhile, slumped to 0-3 – the team’s worst start of the millennium. New coach Shelley Smith is down to 23 players due to injuries.

“They’ve all been tough,” Smith said of the losses. “But this one is something to build on – we have to start somewhere.”

Pruitt, Mountain View’s offensive coordinator last season, described the win as “bittersweet.”

“I feel for those guys over there,” he said of the Spartans. “I spent a lot of time with those kids and don’t want to see them sad. I wish the best for them.”

Los Altos is scheduled to visit Mills 2 p.m. Saturday; Mountain View has a bye.

Lancers win again

St. Francis’ shutout streak came to an end, but not its winning streak. The Lancers beat visiting Skyline 35-12 Friday night.

The Lancers – who opened the season by shutting out Oak Grove and Palma – surrendered their first points of the year with 2:59 left in the first half.

St. Francis still held a commanding 28-6 lead and added to it with a touchdown on the opening play of the second half. Alex Andrighetto, who had already scored on runs of 8 and 40 yards, returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Panthers fall to Trinity

Pinewood fell behind early and never recovered in Friday’s 58-36 loss to Trinity Christian in eight-man football. The visiting Panthers trailed 16-6 after one quarter and 30-14 at halftime.

Matthew Murphy and Aidan Lucero each scored two touchdowns for Pinewood (1-1).


LAHS Homecoming: Football -Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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