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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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Eagles miss football playoffs; Lancers land top seed in DII

The Los Altos High football team’s 8-2 record wasn’t enough to make the postseason. Two teams finished ahead of the Eagles in their bid for the final berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, according to coach Trevor Pruitt.

While disappointed, Pruitt was pleased with how his team finished the year. The Eagles clobbered Cupertino 44-20 Saturday – a week after blanking Lynbrook 30-0 – to take third in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 3-2.

“We have played our best football the last two games, and we really wish we were in the playoff mix,” he said, “but we understand how things work and we are still proud of the season we had.”

Although Los Altos posted a better record than several squads that advanced to CCS, it lacked the necessary power points – based not only on wins but strength of schedule – to qualify.

“Our plan is to schedule some tougher non-league games next year,” said Pruitt, who took over a team that went winless in 2012.

The host Eagles fell behind 13-0 in Saturday’s finale, but they scored the next 30 points to take a comfortable lead by halftime.

Sean Lanoza scored twice for Los Altos (30-yard interception, 26-yard catch), as did Patrick McColl (8- and 40-yard receptions). Lambie Lanman threw four touchdown passes, including a 71-yarder to Victor Ruiz.

St. Francis seeded first

St. Francis (8-2) has landed the top seed in CCS Division II, which it won last year, and is slated to host No. 8 Andrew Hill (8-2) 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

The Lancers closed the regular season with a 42-13 rout of visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral Friday to finish fourth in the West Catholic Athletic League at 4-3.

St. Francis scored its first touchdown 13 seconds into the game – a 15-yard run by Landon Baty that followed an Irish fumble – and led 42-7 at halftime.

Delvin Hurtado rushed for 88 yards for the Lancers and Will Fischer-Colbrie was 3-for-4 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Spartans stumble again

Mountain View concluded its season of struggles with a 39-35 loss to visiting Fremont Friday.

The setback guaranteed the Spartans a last-place finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 1-6 and dropped them to 1-9 overall.

Mountain View was outscored 28-14 in the second half Friday.

Anthony Avery threw four touchdown passes for the Spartans, two of them to tight end Frank Kapp. Austin Johnson caught one scoring pass and recorded a team-high 14 tackles.

– Joe Schram contributed to this report

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