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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Homestead beats Palo Alto again, inches ahead of Los Altos in league


Town Crier file photo
Junior right-side hitter Connor Bunka sparked Homestead in Thursday’s win over Palo Alto, totaling 10 kills.

The Homestead High girls volleyball team has struggled against Palo Alto in recent years, but that trend is changing.

The Mustangs Thursday beat the Vikings for the third consecutive time – a streak that began in last year’s playoffs – to sweep the season series. The 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 victory enabled Homestead to gallop to the top of the SCVAL De Anza Division standings.

“We executed a plan and won,” said coach Gary Carroll, who – like four of his players – lives in Los Altos.

The plan involved keeping Palo Alto “out of system,” according to Carroll, by spreading the ball around on offense. Homestead used “a plethora of hitters to keep them guessing,” the coach added, figuring the Vikings wouldn’t be able to defend every spot.

The plan didn’t work at first – visiting Palo Alto won the initial game by six points – but it proved effective the rest of the way.

“We kept Paly out of system in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll said. “I was proud of the way (Homestead) executed down the stretch; no fear, no tipping, no panic – just swings to win.”

The Mustangs’ hitting percentage (.350) for the match more than doubled that of the Vikings’ (.139).

Carroll noted that senior outside hitters Megan Robinson and Casey Carroll (the coach’s daughter) “did their damage from the pins” with 19 and 14 kills, respectively, “but the real spark came from Connor Bunka in games 2, 3 and 4.” The junior hit more than .700 from the right side in those games, finishing with 10 kills.

Another junior, defensive specialist Olivia Poulos, “gave us a real lift off the bench in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll added, citing the Los Altos resident’s high energy, back-row play and consistent serve.

The win boosted the Mustangs’ record to 13-7 overall and 6-1 in the De Anza Division, putting them just ahead of Los Altos (5-1) and Palo Alto (5-2).

The Mustangs are scheduled to host last-place Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Eagles roll on

Los Altos fell from first place without losing a match last week – the Eagles had a bye Thursday – but the team is just .024 percentage points behind Homestead, which it beat two weeks ago. The squads are set to play again 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos.

The Eagles are off to one of their better starts – 21-3 overall after winning a pair of matches last week. They swept rival Mountain View in De Anza Division play and King’s Academy in a non-league match.

Los Altos subdued the Spartans 25-15, 25-13, 25-23 Oct. 15 on the road. Michelle Albright led the Eagles with 12 kills and Carmen Annevelink had 11, while Hanna Koehler recorded 23 assists.

A day later, visiting Los Altos clobbered King’s 25-14, 25-10, 25-8. Annevelink notched nine kills and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh posted 23 assists.

Lancers paste Presentation

St. Francis stymied Presentation Oct. 16, beating the visitors 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 in West Catholic Athletic League action.

Alex Espinosa, who recently returned from injury, produced 12 kills for the Lancers (2-1 league, 19-10 overall).

Panthers split a pair

Pinewood went from sweeper to sweepee last week. Two days after putting the broom to San Jose, the Panthers were swept by Mercy-Burlingame.

Pinewood pasted host San Jose 25-20, 25-7, 25-13 in a nonleague match Oct. 15 behind 22 kills from Mehra den Braven.

Mercy-Burlingame then beat the Panthers 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 Thursday in West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division play, despite den Braven’s 21 kills.

Pinewood dropped to 3-4 in league and 10-9 overall.

Spartans’ struggles continue

Mountain View followed its loss to Los Altos by getting swept by Los Gatos Thursday. The Wildcats prevailed 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.

Elyse Fitzsimons paced the Spartans (1-6 league, 5-15 overall) with six kills and four blocks. Megan Robinson added four kills, three blocks and three aces.

Against Los Altos, Rosa Lutz led Mountain View with six kills.

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