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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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Baty shoulders the load late


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Landon Baty celebrates his 10-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 41-34 win over Serra.

With standout halfback Alex Andrighetto unable to finish Friday’s game, the St. Francis High football team turned to Landon Baty – bad shoulder and all.

The senior played through the pain to rush for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Lancers’ 41-34 homecoming victory over Serra, previously undefeated in the West Catholic Athletic League.

“Alex and I have both been dealing with shoulders,” said Baty, who totaled 68 yards on 12 carries. “I wasn’t even supposed to be running the ball today, because I dislocated my shoulder in practice on Thursday, but I had to do it.”

When Andrighetto left the game midway through the third quarter – after rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and making a 35-yard scoring catch – the leading Lancers were hesitant to replace him with Baty, already starting at defensive back. He didn’t carry the ball on that drive – which began at Serra’s 46 after St. Francis recovered a fumble and resulted in Will Fischer-Colbrie’s 3-yard TD toss to Trillion Hebert – or the next one.

But after Serra scored on consecutive possessions to take a 27-24 lead with 7:40 to play, coach Greg Calcagno called on Baty as the Lancers took over at their 20. He looked spry from his first try, spinning his way to a 7-yard gain up the middle, and had the Lancers at midfield three rushes later.

Fischer-Colbrie followed that with a 37-yard pass to receiver Brycen Carbonel, setting up Baty’s first score. On a burst right, he dodged defenders on a 13-yard run into the end zone. Patrick Fordham’s extra point pushed the St. Francis advantage to 31-27 with 5:13 left.

The Padres gave the ball back to the Lancers three plays later when defensive back Riley Quinn intercepted a pass at the Serra 25. Baty didn’t break loose this time, however, getting St. Francis to only the 21 after three straight carries. Fordham came on for the field-goal try, drilling a 39-yarder to extend the lead to 34-27 with 2:42 remaining.

The Lancer defense stymied Serra once again – not surrendering even a yard to the Padres on their next drive, which ended with a pass breakup on fourth down.

Taking over at Serra’s 15, St. Francis scored two plays later. Baty made a quick cut left and raced 10 yards for the touchdown, raising his arms in celebration as he stepped across the goal line.

“I told the offensive line, ‘You block for me and get my back, and I’ve got your back,’ and we just took it to them,” Baty said. “Running behind two 6 (foot)-6 guys (senior tackles Ryan Popolizio and Alessandro Lenarduzzi), it’s pretty easy to get into a nice little rhythm. Coach preaches just to run hard, downhill, and I found those creases.”

Down 41-27 after Fordham’s extra point, the Padres had only 2:04 to rally. They scored in under a minute – on Matthew Fa’aita’s 7-yard strike to Hamilton Anoa’i – but failed to recover the ensuing onside kick. St. Francis ran out the final 1:28.

The win keeps St. Francis, which suffered close league losses to Bellarmine and Mitty last month, in the conversation for a berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.

“We deserved to win this game,” Baty said. “We should be 7-0 right now.”

Instead, the Lancers are 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the WCAL, tied with Bellarmine and Valley Christian for third place. St. Francis is scheduled to visit Valley Christian 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“We’re going to celebrate tonight and we’ve got homecoming tomorrow night,” Baty said, “but Monday it’s back to business and time to get ready for Valley.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School v. Serra High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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