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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 holds on, beats Mills 28-26


Town Crier file photo
Sean Lanoza rushed for 187 yards in the Eagles’ 28-26 win over Mills Friday night.

The fourth quarter belonged to Mills, but the football game ultimately went to Los Altos High. The Eagles held on to beat the Vikings 28-26 Friday night, despite getting outscored 19-7 in the final quarter.

Linebacker Duke Myers, who registered 11 tackles and an interception, snuffed out Mills’ two-point conversion attempt with just more than a minute left in the nonleague game.

Halfback Sean Lanoza “put our offense on his back,” Eagles coach Trevor Pruitt said, rushing for 187 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Lambie Lanman tossed two touchdown passes, both to receiver Patrick McColl.

Los Altos improved to 4-0; Mills fell to 3-1.

Girls volleyball

With a sweep of St. Ignatius, Los Altos claimed the Cupertino Classic Saturday. The Eagles improved to 12-2 for the season.

St. Francis beat Amador Valley 25-20, 25-10, 25-15 Friday in nonleague play. Taylor Poncetta had 13 kills for the Lancers (10-4).

Mountain View sank to 0-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 2-8 overall with Thursday’s straight-game loss to Los Gatos. Moira Huang posted six kills for the Spartans.

Two days prior, Gunn topped Mountain View in four games, despite nine kills each from Rosa Lutz and Maegan Nevalsky.

Gunn – featuring three Los Altos Hills residents – swept Monta Vista in its next league match to improve to 2-0 in the De Anza Division and 4-4 overall.

Pinewood eked out a five-game win at King’s Academy Thursday. Mehra den Braven racked up 39 kills and 12 aces for the Panthers (2-1 WBAL Skyline Division, 6-2 overall).

Girls water polo

St. Francis dominated last weekend’s Amanda MacDonald Invitational at Menlo School, outscoring its four opponents by a combined 52-6. The Lancers drubbed Sir Francis Drake 13-3 in the final.

In WCAL play earlier in the week, St. Francis stomped St. Ignatius 13-3 behind five goals from Courtney Batcheller.

Fremont rallied in the second half to beat host Mountain View 15-11 Thursday in SCVAL El Camino Division action. The Spartans were outscored 7-2 after intermission.

“Mountain View senior Sophie Brotzel had a strong game for the Spartans,” Mountain View coach Drew Enlow said, “but a six-goal third quarter by Fremont senior Rea Brakaj was too much for the Spartans to overcome.”

Brotzel was one of six Mountain View players to score. Samantha Hartman’s four goals led the Spartans (2-1 league, 6-3 overall).

Boys water polo

St. Francis lost 12-9 to De La Salle Saturday in the fifth-place game of the St. Francis Invitational.

Three days earlier, the Lancers dispatched St. Ignatius 10-9 in WCAL play. Sean Elmurib and Shawn Welch each scored three goals for St. Francis.

Mountain View finished 15th in the St. Francis Invitational, capping it off with a 14-11 win over Monte Vista of Danville Saturday. Coach Gabor Sarusi said he was “delighted to see his young Spartan team put together a full effort for four quarters.”

Rey Castillo scored five goals for Mountain View.

Girls tennis

Mountain View last week earned its first victory of the season. The host Spartans dispatched Pinewood 4-2 in nonleague action Sept. 23.

They followed that match with league losses to Gunn (6-1 result) and Lynbrook (7-0). The Spartans’ lone win came from No. 1 singles player Sheila Ahi.

Mountain View dropped to 0-4 in the De Anza Division and 1-5 overall.

Girls golf

St. Francis suffered its first loss of the year, 225-233 to St. Ignatius Sept. 25 at Lake Merced Country Club. The Lancers – who edged Valley Christian 217-219 the day before behind co-medalist Valerie Wang’s 39 at Silver Creek Country Club – went to 4-1 in the WCAL.

Field hockey

Monta Vista squeaked by Los Altos 1-0 Thursday. The Eagles fell to 0-2 in league, 0-5-1 overall.


2013 tennis: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van  Houtte/Town Crier

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