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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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Two LA tennis players remain perfect, help Eagles edge Saratoga


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High tennis players Kacey Incerpi, above, and Carina Burdick are undefeated in singles this season.

Los Altos High girls tennis coach Hung Nguyen estimates his team’s chances of making the playoffs at “70 to 75 percent” after Thursday’s 4-3 win over first-place Saratoga.

Two Eagles who have won 100 percent of their matches – senior Kacey Incerpi and sophomore Carina Burdick – played critical roles in Thursday’s regular-season finale.

Soon after Incerpi prevailed at No. 2 singles, No. 3 player Burdick “took us over the top,” Nguyen said. She clinched the home match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

“The undefeated girls came through for us,” said Nguyen, whose team locked up third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with an 8-4 record and improved to 12-7 overall. “They’ve had incredible years.”

While the coach expected a stellar season from Incerpi – who played No. 1 singles last year – he didn’t expect Burdick to “be so dominant as a sophomore.”

Nguyen added that the entire singles ladder has excelled. Sophomore Juliette Martin has held her own at the top spot with an 11-5 record and No. 4 player Whitney Mathews, a junior, is 16-2.

Then there’s the No. 1 doubles team – seniors Haley Jones and Elizabeth Fuchs – who “have played really well,” the coach said.

Nguyen and his players must wait until Saturday’s Central Coast Section seeding meeting to find out if they’ve made the playoffs, scheduled to start next week.

“You never know, but I’m hopeful,” he said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

Volleyball

Los Altos bounced back from a five-game loss to Homestead early in the week by sweeping Palo Alto Thursday to remain in contention for the SCVAL De Anza Division title.

The Eagles went to 8-2 in league, putting them behind only the Mustangs (10-1) and just ahead of the Vikings (7-3) in the standings. Los Altos entered this last week of the regular season scheduled to face teams at the bottom of the league: rival Mountain View at home Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) and Monta Vista on the road 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Carmen Annevelink notched 22 kills for the Eagles (22-5 overall) in the win at Paly and Hanna Koehler recorded 20 assists.

Los Altos played in the Spikefest II tournament Saturday and lost to Homestead in the semifinals. The Mustangs won the Gold Division with a 6-0 record, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral in the final at Independence.

Mountain View won the tourney’s Blue Division to place 13th.

Behind Alex Espinosa’s eight kills, St. Francis (22-11 overall) edged Harker in five games Friday in non-league play.

Boys water polo

Behind a big day from Matt Dunn, Mountain View capped the regular season with an 18-13 win over Lynbrook Thursday. The junior scored six goals, made three steals and drew two ejections.

Rey Castillo added five goals for the Spartans (8-4 De Anza Division, 11-10 overall).

Charlie Niehaus posted 13 saves for Mountain View, up 7-2 lead after one quarter. He made 10 saves and four steals in an 8-7 loss to Gunn two days earlier.

Castillo, Randy Kenyon and Alex Paulsen each scored twice.

Girls water polo

Los Altos edged Palo Alto 6-5 Thursday to conclude the regular season.

Casey Vanneman scored three goals and goalie Romy Aboudarham collected 18 saves for the Eagles (7-5 De Anza Division).

Earlier in the week, Los Altos routed Lynbrook 14-7 behind three goals each from Vanneman and Kimberlyn Tilley.

Mountain View’s Senior Night belonged to the seniors, six of whom scored goals in a 15-4 blowout of Monta Vista Thursday.

Samantha Hartman “dominated both ends of the pool,” coach Drew Enlow said, tallying six goals, five assists and five steals. Fellow seniors Sophie Brotzel and Audrey Gerughty had two goals each for the Spartans (11-1 SCVAL El Camino Division, 16-6 overall).

After a 21-0 start to the season, St. Francis suffered back-to-back defeats Saturday in the NorCal Water Polo Championships. The Lancers fell 9-4 to Campolindo in the semifinals of the tournament, then lost 6-5 to Sacred Heart Prep in the third-place game.

Field hockey

Los Altos earned its first win of the year on Senior Day, 1-0 over Homestead Thursday.

Nicole Atkins scored for the Eagles (1-8-2 SCVAL, 1-10-3 overall).

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