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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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Matadors dash Eagles' title hopes


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High senior receiver Victor Ruiz, running after the catch in a recent game against Gunn, notched a season-high 12 receptions in Friday’s 35-14 home loss to Monta Vista.

The first sign of trouble for the Los Altos High football team came on the first play from scrimmage in Friday’s home game against Monta Vista.

William Major ripped off 29 yards on a sweep to the left, one of several long runs by the Matadors in their 35-14 rout of the Eagles.

“Our worst fear came true – that they were going to run all over us,” said coach Trevor Pruitt, whose team dropped to 1-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and out of title contention. “We planned and worked hard all week to stop the run – and on blitz pickup – and it was just a breakdown by the Eagles.”

Los Altos surrendered 412 yards on the ground to first-place Monta Vista, which averaged nearly 9 yards per carry. Major (118 yards) and backfield mate Justin Cena (211 yards) did most of the damage. Cena scored a pair of touchdowns, the first a 94-yard burst late in the opening quarter.

“Our plan was to stop No. 20,” Pruitt said of Cena, who came in with more than 1,000 yards rushing, “and we didn’t execute as well as we wanted to today.”

The Matadors scored touchdowns on their first three possessions – without throwing a pass – to lead 21-0 with nearly nine minutes left in the opening half.

But they went nowhere on their next drive, a three-and-out series that ended with a punt partially blocked by Patrick McColl.

Starting from Monta Vista’s 29-yard-line, Los Altos scored seven plays later on Lambie Lanman’s 4-yard quarterback keeper. Matt Schroner’s PAT made it 21-7 with 1:35 remaining in the half.

Los Altos had chances to cut into the lead even more – possessing the ball four times before the Matadors scored again – but came away empty each time.

The first opportunity came after Monta Vista fumbled near midfield, but the Eagles had little time left (38 seconds before the half) and mustered only an 8-yard pass from Lanman to Victor Ruiz.

Los Altos’ first two drives of the second half ended with Lanman interceptions, both by defensive back Max McCann.

Cena fumbled after the second pick, and linebacker Carlos Rivera-Salis recovered at Los Altos’ 40. But after Lanman completed consecutive passes – including a 40-yard screen to halfback Sean Lanonza – to reach the red zone, the Eagles drove in reverse. Tight end Max Wilber lost 6 yards on a screen and Lanman was dropped for a 12-yard loss on third down.

“We had spurts of greatness today,” Lanman said, “but pressure came and the offense as a whole got a little overwhelmed – myself included.”

Los Altos punted from the 36, and Monta Vista scored four plays later to take a commanding 28-7 lead late in the third quarter. The touchdown came on the Matadors’ first and only pass of the game – a 55-yarder from Ryan Manley to an open Milanko Plavsic.

The Eagles answered with a long touchdown pass of their own. Lanman connected with a streaking Ruiz on a 52-yarder with 10:46 left to play. Ruiz finished with 12 catches for 135 yards.

Monta Vista controlled the ball for the next six minutes – a drive capped by Cena’s 4-yard scoring scamper – and got it right back with an interception. The Matadors ran out the final 3:03.

While the loss eliminated the Eagles (6-2 overall) from title contention, they are holding out hope that they can make the playoffs by winning their last two games.

“It’s a heartbreaking loss,” Lanman said. “We’re going to have to bounce back and win out the rest of the season if we have any shot of making the playoffs.”

Los Altos has a bye this week.

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