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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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St. Francis girls golf team claims NorCal title, heads to state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team shows off the championship trophy it won at last week’s Northern California final. The Lancers advance to the state championships next week in Carmel Valley.

The St. Francis High girls golf team didn’t have a player shoot better than 6-over-par at last week’s Northern California championships in Ripon, but it didn’t matter. The Lancers still won the team title.

That’s because no participant shot below par at the Nov. 4 event – played in windy conditions on the challenging course at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club – and St. Francis was the only team to have four competitors post scores below 90.

“The course was deceptively difficult,” said coach Phil Marrone, whose Lancers shot 423 to top runner-up Palo Alto by six strokes. “The scores were much higher than I expected, but the girls hung tough and won. The back of our order finished really strong with some of their best individual scoring of the year.”

Senior Nancy Xu and sophomore Valerie Wang led St. Francis with rounds of 6-over-par 79, tying for sixth individually. Freshman Bibilani Liu and senior Caitlin Crosby each shot 87, while freshman Jacqueline Sun tallied a 91 to round out the Lancers’ top five finishers (which make up the team score).

Xu, who advanced to NorCal as an individual last year, described her team’s effort as “one of our best performances of the season.” The Lancers finished second at Central Coast Section championships the previous week and won the West Catholic Athletic League crown a week before that.

“I feel like, as a whole, the team did really well on average,” Xu said. “We were consistent.”

St. Francis – along with Palo Alto and third-place Amador Valley (444) – advance to the state championships, scheduled Nov. 20 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Los Altos High senior Kelsey Kawaguchi, who competed at NorCal as an individual, won’t be joining them. She shot a 10-over-par 83 and missed qualifying for state by two strokes.

“The course was tough (Nov. 4) and the wind and the greens were the fastest I have played in a little while,” Kawaguchi said. “After hitting what I thought was a perfect second shot onto the green, my ball bounced off the green and into the (out of bounds) behind it. The course was playing a little bit longer with the strong winds sometimes. I learned from my mistakes and know what I need to work on.”

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