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News

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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Los Altos golfer Kawaguchi wins qualifier


Los Altos High golfer Kelsey Kawaguchi didn’t let an early bogey bog her down. The senior shook off her five-stroke struggle on hole No. 3 to post the best round of her career in winning last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Tournament.

Kawaguchi shot a scorching 6-under-par 67 at Santa Teresa Golf Course, guaranteeing her a spot in this week’s Central Coast Section championships.

“I didn’t expect to shoot so low after a bogey on the third hole,” she said, “but I just kept playing it hole by hole.”

Kawaguchi nearly notched a double eagle, but her putt on hole No. 2 lipped out.

Even without it, she finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Jessica Luo of Lynbrook Oct. 22. No other golfer in the 38-player field shot below 70.

“I was slightly nervous toward the end, because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Kawaguchi, who has committed to UC Irvine. “Throughout the round, I had to keep my emotions in check, even when I had a bogey or missed a short putt.”

Kawaguchi wasn’t the lone local golfer to qualify for the CCS event, scheduled Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. The St. Francis girls team made it after winning the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament Oct. 21 at Spring Valley Golf Course.

The Lancers – who the week before claimed the WCAL round-robin championship with an 11-1 record – beat runner-up St. Ignatius by 30 strokes at the league tourney. St. Francis freshman Bibilani Liu earned medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70.

“The girls played great – especially my No. 2, 3 and 4 players,” said coach Phil Marrone, referring to Liu, sophomore Valerie Wang and freshman Jacqueline Sun. “I’ve been waiting for the team to start firing on all cylinders, and just recently they have begun to. Hopefully they’ll keep it going through the post-season.”

Cross country

The Los Altos boys and girls teams set school records at last weekend’s Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Walnut.

The boys’ team time of 82 minutes, 28 seconds broke the school record set two years ago on the 2.93-mile course. They won their division with what coach Dan Oren described as “an extremely low score of just 27 points.”

Six team members earned medals for top-15 finishes, led by Ben Zaeske (second, 16:18) and Andreas Godderis (third, 16:22).

The Los Altos girls clocked a team time of 99:51, breaking a school record from 2005. Lead runner Lauren Jacob set a record as well, finishing in what Oren called “an extremely fast 17:40.”

Boys water polo

For the second consecutive season, Mountain View has swept rival Los Altos in the double round-robin portion of De Anza Division play. The Spartans edged the Eagles 9-7 Thursday after routing them 14-7 Oct. 1.

Mountain View coach Gabor Sarusi described his goalie Charlie Niehaus as “remarkable” Thursday, totaling 16 saves and limiting host Los Altos to just one goal in the first half.

But the Spartans’ 7-1 halftime lead nearly wasn’t enough to beat the Eagles, who outscored them 6-2 the rest of the way.

Rey Castillo and Matthew Dunn finished with three goals each for Mountain View (7-3 league, 9-6 overall).

Two days prior, the Spartans suffered a 6-4 setback to Palo Alto. Mountain View was held to one goal in each quarter. Niehaus made seven saves and scored a goal on a length-of-the-pool lob.

Girls water polo

St. Francis remains undefeated, though Sacred Heart Prep gave the Lancers a scare Oct. 23. St. Francis eked out a 12-11 win over the visiting Gators.

Courtney Batcheller scored six goals for the Lancers, who upped their record to 5-0 in the WCAL and 18-0 overall.

With a pair of victories last week, Mountain View extended its winning streak to seven games.

“The team is really coming together and improving with every game,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose squad went to 9-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 14-6 overall.

The Spartans stymied Santa Clara 12-3 Thursday and topped Fremont 7-3 Oct. 22.

Samantha Hartman scored a season-high six goals against Santa Clara. She and Krysta Korpontinos led Mountain View with two goals each versus Fremont.

Volleyball

Los Altos can all but clinch the De Anza Division title in this second-to-last week of the season by beating the two other teams in contention.

The Eagles (7-1 division) were scheduled to host Homestead (8-1) Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – and visit Palo Alto (6-2) 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Eagles beat Homestead in the first half of the league season, but they lost to Paly.

Los Altos (23-3 overall) last week swept both its opponents – visiting Gunn Oct. 22 and host Los Gatos Thursday. Junior Carmen Annevelink tallied 16 kills in each match.

Mountain View’s struggles continued last week, with the Spartans swept by Palo Alto and Homestead. Mountain View sank to 1-8 in the De Anza Division and 5-17 overall.

Rosa Lutz led the Spartans in kills both days, notching six against Homestead Oct. 22 and seven versus Paly Thursday.

Homestead received 18 kills from Los Altos resident Casey Carroll against Mountain View.

Pinewood, hosting its annual Dig Pink Rally to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment, defeated King’s Academy in five games Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted a season-high 40 kills for the Panthers, who improved to 5-4 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division and 12-9 overall.

Two days earlier, Pinewood swept Eastside Prep behind 17 kills from den Braven and 20 assists from her sister, Tehmi.

Field hockey

A 4-0 loss to Los Gatos Thursday dropped Los Altos to 0-10-2 in the SCVAL and 0-12-2 overall.

Girls tennis

Mountain View endured another rough week, losing both matches by 7-0 scores. The Spartans slumped to 0-11 in the De Anza Division and 1-12 overall.

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