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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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St. Francis girls run away from field at league meet

The St. Francis High underclassmen overwhelmed the field in the girls race at Thursday’s second West Catholic Athletic League meet of the year.

The Lancers placed five runners among the top 10 – all of them underclassmen – and beat runner-up Mitty by 23 points.

Freshman Julia Bounds led the way, winning the 3-mile race at Golden Gate Park in 17 minutes, 54 seconds – a league and school record.

“Julia led the race at the 400-meter mark and never looked back,” St. Francis coach Roberta Chisam said.

Bounds is the Lancers’ most seasoned competitor, according to Chisam, who described her team as “really young by age and experience.” Bounds began running on a club team at 8, Chisam said, winning several national age-group titles over the years.

Beyond Bounds, the Lancers received strong efforts Thursday from sophomore Melissa Seaman (fifth, 19:25), junior Hannah Kim (sixth, 19:31), sophomore Gia Kim (seventh, 19:35) and freshman Emily Skahill (eighth, 19:38).

“Other than Julia, the rest have not had much running experience until they entered high school,” Chisam said. “They are all developing very quickly this year.”

The St. Francis boys finished second to Bellarmine at last week’s meet. Gabe McLarnan placed second (15:49) and fellow senior Robbie Lacomble came in 10th (16:07).

At Saturday’s Monterey Bay Invitational, the Los Altos High girls edged Leland for first place. Sophomore Lauren Jacob paced the Eagles – who clipped the Chargers by three points – with a second-place time of 18:47. Teammates Katie Klein (20:04) and Kristen Adams (20:51) finished sixth and 10th, respectively.

The Los Altos boys placed second – just a point behind champion Willow Glen. Ben Zaeske ran a 16:04 for second place.

Boys water polo

Mountain View’s 14-11 nonleague win over St. Francis last week marked the Spartans’ first victory over the Lancers in at least 12 years.

Yet coach Gabor Sarusi said his team has won bigger games in recent years.

“(The Oct. 15) win was a significant win for the program and for our season, for sure, but I won’t say it’s one of our biggest wins,” he said, citing two victories over Los Altos and one against Serra last year as more significant.

Host Mountain View, which entered the fourth quarter down two goals, outscored St. Francis 6-1 the rest of the way. Rey Castillo scored three of his team-high eight goals in the fourth.

Charlie Niehaus made 12 saves for the Spartans (7-5 overall).

Los Altos cruised to a 19-10 win over visiting Lynbrook Thursday behind nine goals from Sam Lisbonne.

Girls water polo

Goalies Daniela Turner and Paige Taylor combined for 16 saves in Mountain View’s 9-0 shutout of Harker Oct. 15.

Kate Atherton and Izzy Dickerson scored two goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 7-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 11-3 overall.

Freshman Kayleigh Peterson lifted Los Altos to a 6-5 win over Homestead, scoring the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left in overtime. Jenna Gavenman tallied three goals and Casey Vanneman added two for the Eagles (5-3 De Anza Division).

Seven players scored for St. Francis in a 12-2 blowout of Leland Friday in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller led the Lancers (15-0) with three goals.

Field hockey

Host Los Altos played Saratoga to a 1-all tie Oct. 15. Emma Orner scored for the Eagles (0-5-1 SCVAL, 0-8-2 overall).

Girls golf

St. Francis claimed the WCAL round-robin championship after winning all three of its matches last week to finish 11-1.

The Lancers defeated St. Ignatius (202-206 score), Presentation (202-223) and Valley Christian (201-218).

“We seem to be coming on at the right time,” coach Phil Marrone said. “It seems as though the bigger the stakes are, the steadier they play.”

Medalist Nancy Xu shot a 1-under-par 35 in Thursday’s victory over Valley Christian at Shoreline Golf Links. Bibi Liu posted the same score for medalist honors in the Oct. 14 win against St. Ignatius at Shoreline.

Girls tennis

Mountain View fell to Gunn (5-2 score) and Lynbrook (7-0) last week in De Anza Division action. The Spartans sank to 0-9 in league and 1-10 overall.

Mountain View’s wins against Gunn came at No. 1 singles (Sheila Ahi) and No. 1 doubles (Jamie Osborne and Samantha Joseph).

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