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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

Los 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 air it out


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High quarterback Lambie Lanman gets off a pass with Gunn linebacker Dietrich Sweat bearing down on him.

With the passing attack back on track, the Los Altos High football team dispatched Gunn 41-27 Saturday to remain in the race for the SCVAL El Camino Division title.

Quarterback Lambie Lanman completed 16 of 22 passes, setting season-highs for yards (309) and touchdown tosses (three). Wideouts Victor Ruiz and Patrick McColl tormented the Titans, each scoring on long passes and surpassing 100 yards receiving.

“It’s nice to see our pass game where it should be,” coach Trevor Pruitt said.

The week before, the Eagles mustered only 131 yards in the air and suffered their first loss of the season, 42-24 at Homestead.

“We looked at that tape and decided we needed to bounce back this week, and that’s what we did,” said Lanman, who also ran for a touchdown Saturday. “We schemed a lot, watched a lot of film, strategized and put in a lot of extra practice.”

It showed on Los Altos’ initial drive. Lanman completed his first two passes – the latter a short throw that running back Sean Lanoza turned into a 45-yard gain – and was 4-of-5 by the time the Eagles reached Gunn’s 3-yard line. But Los Altos went backward from there. Lanoza was stuffed for back-to-back losses and Lanman took a sack on third down, leading to a 35-yard field goal from Matt Schroner.

The kick cut into the early lead by the Titans, who scored a touchdown on the game’s opening series. They marched 65 yards in nine plays – eight of them runs – and breached the end zone on Noah Riley’s 1-yard keeper.

Gunn responded to the Eagles’ field goal with another touchdown – a 43-yard pass from Riley to receiver Guy Kasznik. Ofisa Pati blocked the extra-point try, leaving the Titans with a 13-3 advantage with 10:03 left in the half.

Their lead didn’t last long. Los Altos tallied three touchdowns within the next five minutes.

The scoring barrage began with Lanman’s 35-yard touchdown pass to McColl, set up by Ben Roach’s 65-yard kickoff return a play earlier.

After the defense held Gunn to a three-and-out series, the Eagles needed two plays to take the lead. Lanman connected with Ruiz for a 77-yard touchdown on a pass that the receiver tipped before hauling in at midfield. Ruiz outran the defense from there.

Schroner’s PAT made it 17-13.

The Los Altos defense extended that advantage on the next play from scrimmage. McColl sacked Riley at Gunn’s 20 and the ball popped loose. Pati picked it up and rumbled into the end zone.

McColl put an end to the Titans’ next two possessions as well. He recovered a fumble in the backfield and intercepted a pass in the final seconds of the half with Los Altos still leading 24-13.

“He’s a big-time player,” Pruitt said of McColl, who made a game-high seven catches.

The Eagles, who didn’t punt in the game, scored on three of their four second-half possessions.

Lanman capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive to start the third quarter with a quick pass to Ruiz, who dodged defenders and lunged into the end zone on the 11-yard play.

After another Riley interception – nabbed by Lanoza – Los Altos took over near midfield and scored seven plays later on Lanman’s 5-yard scramble. The PAT gave the Eagles their biggest advantage at 38-13 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.

Late in the fourth, Schroner booted a 39-yard field goal.

The win evened Los Altos’ record at 1-1 in league (6-1 overall) and enhanced the importance of Friday’s 3:30 p.m. home game against Monta Vista (3-0, 5-2).

“It’s going to be like a playoff game,” Ruiz said. “We have to fight our hardest and play to the best of our ability.”


2013 football: Los Altos High School v. Gunn High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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