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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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Spartans score 20 goals in girls water polo win


Town Crier file photo
Mountain View High’s Elyse Fitzsimons goes for the block.

Cupertino’s goal must have looked as big as a commercial fishing net to the Mountain View High girls water polo team, which pasted the Pioneers 20-2 Thursday.

The host Spartans put up 11 goals in the second quarter to lead 15-2 at halftime.

Nine players scored in the game for Mountain View, led by Kate Atherton’s four goals.

Senior Izzy Dickerson “had a great all-around game,” coach Drew Enlow said, notching three goals, two assists and four steals.

“She did all of this with no turnovers or ejections in the game,” the coach added.

Samantha Hartman and Hope Moseley also scored three goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 6-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division, 10-3 overall.

Los Altos defeated Palo Alto 8-4 in SCVAL De Anza Division play Oct. 8. Jenna Gavenman paced the visiting Eagles (4-2 league, 6-9 overall) with four goals and Ya’el Weiner had three.

Boys water polo

Mountain View shut out Los Gatos in the middle quarters of Thursday’s De Anza Division game and won 7-5 on the road.

Spartan coach Gabor Sarusi dubbed goalie Charlie Niehaus the player of the game. He totaled 10 saves, blocking all four of the Wildcats’ six-on-five chances.

Rey Castillo and Matt Dunn scored four and three goals, respectively, for Mountain View (5-2 league, 6-5 overall). Castillo tallied six goals in a 17-12 win over Lynbrook earlier in the week.

Host Bellarmine beat rival St. Francis 12-6 Oct. 8 in West Catholic Athletic League action. Shawn Welch scored four goals for the Lancers (0-2 league).

Girls volleyball

Los Altos suffered its first league loss of the season – in four games to Palo Alto Thursday – but the host Eagles didn’t fall out of first. Los Altos is tied with Paly and Homestead for the top spot in the De Anza Division at 4-1.

Mountain View picked up its first De Anza Division victory Thursday, beating Monta Vista in four games. The Spartans went to 1-4 in league and 4-10 overall.

Three Mountain View players totaled double-digit kills: Rosa Lutz (14), Elyse Fitzsimons (13) and Megan Robinson (10).

St. Francis evened its WCAL record at 1-1 with a sweep of St. Ignatius Oct. 8. Jenna Adams recorded 14 kills for the visiting Lancers (15-6 overall).

Pinewood swept Immaculate Conception Oct. 9, improving to 3-3 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

Field hockey

Kira Winner scored Los Altos’ lone goal in a 4-1 home loss to Cupertino Oct. 8. The Eagles slumped to 0-4 in the SCVAL.

Girls golf

St. Francis easily defeated Notre Dame-Belmont (209-226 score) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (225-250) last week in WCAL play. Nancy Xu earned medalist honors Oct. 9 against Notre Dame with a 35; Bibi Liu’s 40 led the way versus Sacred Heart Oct. 8.

Cross country

The Los Altos girls set a school record on the Woodward Park course (101 minutes, 35 seconds) and finished 10th in their division at Saturday’s Clovis Invitational.

Girls tennis

Los Altos topped rival Mountain View 6-1 in De Anza Division play Thursday.

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