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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 golfers finish 5th at state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team – featuring, from left, Nancy Xu, Caitlin Crosby, Bibilani Liu, Alexis Opsasnick, Valerie Wang and Jacqueline Sun – won the NorCal title last month.

Doomed by a bevy of bogeys, the St. Francis High girls golf team finished far from first at last week’s state championships. The Lancers took fifth out of six teams, 74 strokes behind winner Torrey Pines.

St. Francis’ top five finishers (whose rounds counted toward the team score) combined for 33 bogeys and 19 double bogeys, while totaling just three birdies.

Not the kind of day the Lancers – who claimed the Northern California crown two weeks earlier – expected or could overcome against the state’s top teams.

Although the Nov. 20 event was held in the north, squads from the south felt right at home on the course at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Defending champ Torrey Pines shot 364; runners-up Diamond Bar and Walnut each tallied 396 to beat fourth-place Palo Alto by 27 strokes.

“Those SoCal schools are really good,” St. Francis coach Phil Marrone said. “Torrey Pines is flat-out amazing.”

While the Lancers were less than amazing, Marrone deemed the event beneficial to the growth of his young team.

“The state tournament was good experience for us,” he said.

West Catholic Athletic League champ St. Francis won the NorCal title – the first in program history – with a lineup comprising two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen.

“I’m pleased and excited for the girls – not only for this season, but for some seasons to come,” said Marrone, whose team had never before made it to state. “We have a solid core of young players in the top six.”

Freshman Bibilani Liu led the Lancers last week, shooting a 3-over-par 75 to tie for 13th individually. Sophomore Valerie Wang followed with an 80, tying for 30th, and senior Nancy Xu shot 84 to place 38th at state. Xu qualified for state as an individual last year, finishing 33rd.

Boys water polo

In a back-and-forth game, No. 3 Menlo-Atherton edged second-seeded St. Francis 9-7 last week in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

The Lancers led 2-1 after the first quarter, but the host Bears tied the game at 3 by halftime. In the third quarter, St. Francis pulled ahead again, 6-4, only to watch Menlo-Atherton go on a 2-0 run in the fourth to force overtime. The Bears sustained their momentum in OT, outscoring the Lancers 3-1 to advance.

“It is always tough to lose your last game, especially such a well-played, competitive game like (this one),” St. Francis coach Terry O’Donnell said after the Nov. 19 semifinal. “Menlo-Atherton and St. Francis both battled, and I thought both defenses were amazing.”

Sophomore Andrew Goodenough was the lone Lancer to score more than one goal, tallying two. Shawn Welch, Trevor Raish, Quinn Vitakis, Adam Antony and Sean Elmurib added a goal each.

St. Francis finished the year with a 12-17 record and placed fourth in the ultracompetitive WCAL.

“This has been a great season for us,” O’Donnell said. “We worked hard everyday and really had a great attitude.”

Field hockey

For the second consecutive year, St. Francis’ season ended in the CCS semifinals. No. 2 Los Gatos edged the third-seeded Lancers 2-1 Nov. 20 at Leland.

St. Francis went 18-2-1 this year.

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