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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 upended


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos running back Sean Lanoza tries to escape the clutches of Homestead linebacker Derek Rositas in Friday night’s game.

It’s not often that a running back can rush for nearly 300 yards in a game and get overshadowed by the opposing team, but that’s what happened Friday.

Los Altos High’s Sean Lanoza ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns, yet it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Homestead. The Mustangs sent the Eagles to their first loss of the year, 42-24, behind a ground game that accumulated 542 yards.

Lanoza’s career-best game began with back-to-back bursts of 27 yards on Los Altos’ first series and scoring scampers of 46 and 40 yards in the second half.

“I just wanted to do all I could for the team,” the junior said. “I tried my best to run the ball as hard as I could on offense.”

His head coach took notice.

“Sean Lanoza took the whole Eagle program and put it on his back,” Trevor Pruitt said. “He did a great job.”

While Los Altos leaned heavily on Lanoza, host Homestead implemented a three-prong rushing attack featuring Tim Cheng (213 yards, two touchdowns), Ryan Allemandi (177 yards) and Derek Rositas (146 yards, one TD).

“Their run game played great and our defense just didn’t have it today,” said Pruitt, whose team played most of the night without 360-pound defensive tackle Sami Fakalolo (blow to the head). “We weren’t running to the ball, we weren’t tackling well. Those are signs for disaster.”

Those signs showed up early in Friday’s contest, the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for the Eagles (5-1 overall). The Mustangs (1-1 league, 5-1 overall) marched right down the field on the game’s opening series for a touchdown. They drove 76 yards in eight plays – despite two penalties totaling 25 yards – and scored on Rosita’s 2-yard plunge.

Los Altos cut the deficit midway through the first quarter when Patrick McColl blocked a punt that Carlos Rivera-Salis scooped up and returned 10 yards for a touchdown. The Mustangs blocked the extra-point try.

Homestead was back in the end zone two minutes later, thanks to quarterback Jerome Holloway’s 30-yard pass to Bryan Erickson in the left corner of the end zone. The PAT by John Rak (of Los Altos) extended the Homestead lead to 14-6.

The Mustangs added another touchdown before halftime on Cheng's 22-yard run. Rak’s extra point made it 21-6 with 2:56 remaining.

The Eagles didn’t score their first offensive touchdown of the night until the third quarter. They opened the second half with a four-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 46-yard run by Lanoza, who made a quick cut right and raced into the end zone.

“The run blocking was superb,” Lanoza said. “I couldn’t have done it without my linemen.”

Homestead batted down quarterback Lambie Lanman’s two-point pass attempt, leaving the score 21-12 with 10:35 left in the quarter.

The Mustangs countered with a touchdown on their initial drive of the half, a 2-yard keeper by Holloway. Rak’s kick pushed the lead to 28-12, and it remained that way until the 8:33 mark of the fourth quarter. That’s when Lanman tossed a 22-yard pass to halfback Ben Roach in the right side of the end zone. Los Altos again went for two – and failed.

The Mustangs answered with yet another touchdown, a 4-yard run by Mateo Manjarrez that capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive. Coupled with Rak’s extra point, Homestead led 35-18 with 3:31 to play.

The teams traded long touchdown runs in the final minute – a 40-yarder by Lanoza with 52 seconds left and an 80-yarder from Cheng 15 ticks later.

The loss leaves Los Altos little margin for error if it hopes to win the division title. The Eagles trail Monta Vista (2-0), Cupertino (1-0) and Homestead with four games remaining.

“We gave them life,” Pruitt said of the Mustangs. “We knew that if we beat them today they’d be out of the playoff hunt and we’d be right in it. But give them credit – they came more prepared than we did, and that’s on the coaches. I take full blame for that.”

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