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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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LA's Kawaguchi, St. Francis team make regional golf tournament


Los Altos High senior Kelsey Kawaguchi said her round at last week’s Central Coast Section Girls Golf Championships “had a lot of ups and downs.” Fortunately for her, it ended on an upswing.

Kawaguchi capped her round at Rancho Cañada Golf Club by escaping a bunker to save par on the 18th hole, clinching the fourth and final individual spot in this week’s Northern California championships.

Although Kawaguchi notched five birdies Oct. 29 in Carmel, she ranked the par-5 18th as her best hole of the day.

“From (the bunker), I stuck it to about a foot and half from the pin and putted it in for par,” she said. “Without that up and down, I could have been in a playoff for the fourth spot (to qualify for NorCal) as an individual.”

Although Kawaguchi’s total score, a 1-over-par 73, was the sixth-best of the day, she advanced to NorCal because two of the players who finished ahead of her are members of teams that qualified for the regional. Rules state that the top four individuals not part of a team move on.

St. Francis is among the three teams that qualified for NorCal, scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club in Ripon. The Lancers shot 395 to finish second to Palo Alto (391) at CCS.

Senior Nancy Xu paced St. Francis, shooting a 1-under-par 71 to tie Valley Christian’s Cristina Glebova for third.

“I had a really good day,” Xu said. “I did have a double bogey on 12, but I had three birdies toward the end of my round to get a good score.”

The birdies came on 13, 15 and 16, with Xu hitting what she ranked as her best shot of the day on the middle hole. The 160-yard shot landed 2 feet from the pin.

Teammate Valerie Wang finished in a four-way tie for seventh (74), while Jacqueline Sun tied three others for 31st (82) and fellow Lancers Caitlin Crosby and Bibilani Liu were among six golfers to tie for 36th (84).

The top three teams and top nine individuals at NorCal advance to the state championships, slated Nov. 20 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“We definitely have a good shot,” Xu said. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

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