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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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Winning week for football teams

There were wins all around on the local football front last weekend. Los Altos and St. Francis highs remained undefeated, Pinewood School improved to 3-1 and Mountain View High earned its first win of the year.

Los Altos 49, San Lorenzo Valley 21

Running back Sean Lanoza scored five touchdowns in Saturday’s road victory, which boosted the Eagles’ record to 5-0. The junior racked up 119 yards and four scores on the ground and caught nine passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Coach Trevor Pruitt said Lanoza’s “ability to find the hole and hit it full speed is great (and) then when teams over-pursue him, he is able to find the cutback lane.”

Quarterback Lambie Lanman completed 26 of his 40 passes for 308 yards and two TDs. Receiver Victor Ruiz made 13 receptions for 184 yards and two scores.

Linebacker Josh Williams led the defense with 11 tackles.

Los Altos is scheduled to open SCVAL El Camino Division play 7:30 p.m. Friday at Homestead (0-1 league, 4-1 overall).

St. Francis 14, St. Ignatius 6

Ryan Johnson’s 54-yard touchdown pass to halfback Alex Andrighetto midway through the third quarter gave the visiting Lancers their first lead in Saturday’s West Catholic Athletic League opener, and they stayed on top. Running back Landon Baty extended St. Francis’ advantage with a 49-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter.

The Lancers (4-0 overall) are slated to host rival Bellarmine (0-1 league, 3-1 overall) 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mountain View 13, Saratoga 7

Friday’s SCVAL De Anza Division opener wasn’t just Homecoming for Saratoga but also for Mountain View coach Shelley Smith, who coached at Saratoga the previous 11 years.

Smith’s Spartans won for the first time, getting a 22-yard TD pass from Anthony Avery to Frank Kapp and two field goals from Esteban Rivera.

Mountain View (1-3) is set to play its Homecoming game 3:15 p.m. Friday against Santa Clara.

Pinewood 78, NV Baptist 22

Aiden Lucero scored touchdowns on offense (three), defense (two) and special teams (one) for the Panthers in their rout of host North Valley Baptist Friday.

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