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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

Los 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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Priory pounces on Pinewood


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School defenders try to bring down Woodside Priory halfback James McDaniel in Friday’s game. McDaniel rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns.

Pinewood School’s eight-man football team not only suffered from another slow start – this one was painful as well. The Panthers were down 22-0 and a key player by the end of the first quarter Friday at Woodside Priory.

Standout running back/safety Aidan Lucero (shoulder) didn’t come back, and neither did Pinewood. Priory prevailed 56-22 to complete a perfect season (7-0), denying the Panthers (5-2) a share of the Mission Trail Athletic League title.

“We’ve had some trouble coming out of the gates in most games – it takes us a little bit to get going,” said coach Matt Irvin, whose team had to settle for third place. “Unfortunately in that time, we lost Aidan Lucero, one of our leaders out here and one of our best players.”

Pinewood played Priory even in the second quarter – each team scored a touchdown – but the Panthers lost another player along the way. Greg Naumann, who replaced Lucero in the backfield, was ejected for a personal foul with just under two minutes left in the half.

“That was an unfortunate penalty on Greg – a call we’ll be reviewing,” said Irvin, who questioned the official’s claim that Naumann intentionally pulled off an opponent’s helmet. “When you lose those two guys, it gets a little tough.”

Just a few plays earlier, Naumann threw a halfback pass that set up Pinewood’s first score of the afternoon. His 52-yard bomb to quarterback Kevin Tracy put the Panthers at the 3-yard line and Jack Sweat plowed through the middle on the next play for the touchdown.

“We just threw that in this week,” Irvin said of the trick play. “I thought they were kind of overplaying one side, so we snuck Kevin out there. Greg threw a nice pass and Kevin made a nice run to get close to the touchdown. We had to do something to break the ice a little bit, and it worked.”

The two-point run failed, leaving Priory with a 28-6 lead. The score remained static until the first play of the fourth quarter when Priory’s Garrett Weber rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 247-pound junior – listed as a defensive lineman – shed several would-be tacklers along the way.

Priory gashed Pinewood with its ground attack throughout the game, racking up 420 yards on 51 carries. Senior running back James McDaniel did most of the damage, totaling 239 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries.

“He’s just a great back and hard to bring down,” Irvin said. “We played a little too high today. Against a back like that, we’ve got to get lower and go for the ankles instead of the shoulder pads. If we’d have done that, maybe it would have been a different outcome.”

Pinewood had its moments running the ball as well. Sophomore halfback Matthew Murphy raced 65 yards for a touchdown on a sweep left four minutes into the final quarter. Tracy’s two-point pass to receiver Wilson Fields cut Priory’s advantage to 40-14.

Fields wasn’t done producing points for the Panthers. The junior snared a pass across the middle from Tracy for a 64-yard touchdown and hooked up with the quarterback again on the two-point conversion. This cut Priory’s lead to 48-22 with 4:07 left.

The deficit widened on the next play from scrimmage, however, as McDaniel escaped for a 55-yard touchdown.

“Priory’s a tough team,” Irvin said. “They’re physical, ran some great plays, they’re tough tacklers and tough guys to bring down. They’re just a great football team.”


2013 football: Pinewood vs. Woodside Priory School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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