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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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Eagles advance in volleyball playoffs


R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink goes for the kill Saturday.

The second-seeded Los Altos High girls volleyball team turned to an unlikely player for kills to close out Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal match against No. 7 Los Gatos.

Setter Hanna Koehler notched five kills in the fourth game – three of them at crunch time – to help the Eagles reach the semifinals for the first time since 2004.

“It’s the best feeling as a setter to get kills,” said the senior, who totaled 10 kills, 29 assists and 13 digs Saturday. “I played beach volleyball in the summer, so I had to learn how to hit and do a lot of the other skills on top of setting; I’m happy my hard work’s paid off.”

Although outside hitter Carmen Annevelink led the team with 24 kills – including the match-winner on a shot into Los Gatos’ back row – Koehler’s kills were particularly timely for Los Altos in the 25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 home victory.

After the Wildcats scored to cut the Eagles’ lead to 20-18 in the fourth game, Koehler delivered a shot that dropped toward the backline. Los Gatos rallied again, narrowing Los Altos’ advantage to 22-20, before Koehler came up with another kill. The Wildcats scored the next point, but Koehler responded once more – firing a right-side shot that prompted her to jump for joy.

Sarah Tritschler served for the match, finished off by Annevelink’s kill.

This marked the Eagles’ third win over the Wildcats this season; the previous two meetings were in SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“We knew they were going to come in and play hard,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said of Los Gatos. “It’s a school with volleyball tradition and they have a lot of pride.”

All but the first game was close; the Eagles (31-5) jumped to a 19-6 advantage and never allowed the Wildcats (21-13) to threaten.

The second game was a different story. Los Altos’ lone lead came at 6-5, after which Los Gatos went on a 5-0 run. The Eagles tied the game at 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23, but the Wildcats always had an answer and won by two.

A refocused Los Altos team scored the first three points of the third game – two on kills from Michelle Albright – and quickly built a 16-4 lead. Los Gatos rallied to cut the deficit to 20-16, but the Eagles persevered to win on a dump shot by Kristen Liu.

“It was a match of ups and downs,” Kim said. “We were there, then we lost it, and then we were there again. I think we played a little tight, but we were able to overcome that.”

The coach praised his four seniors for coming through when they were needed most. Along with Koehler’s big night, Meghan McDermott totaled 12 kills and 16 digs, Albright had eight kills and three blocks and Katie Tritschler registered 29 digs.

Next up for Los Altos: No. 3 St. Francis (24-12). The semifinal match is scheduled 5:30 p.m. today at Los Gatos.

“I’m extremely excited to make the semifinals,” Koehler said. “We played St. Francis in a tournament and lost, but we didn’t have a very good match. We thought we could have won, so maybe we can redeem ourselves.”

St. Francis beat visiting No. 6 Woodside 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22 in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Homestead advances

No. 2 Homestead moved on to the CCS Division I semifinals by beating No. 7 Gunn 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 Saturday in Cupertino.

The Mustangs (24-7) are slated to meet No. 3 Salinas (22-9) 7:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara High.

Pinewood prevails

Pinewood, the third seed in Division V, topped Trinity Christian 25-15, 28-26, 25-14 in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Mehra den Braven – the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division MVP – led the Panthers (14-11) with 26 kills.

Pinewood is scheduled to face No. 2 Woodside Priory (14-12) 7:30 p.m. today at St. Thomas More in the semifinals.

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