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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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Three local girls finish in top 11 at state meet


Courtesy of Kristin Colonna
Pinewood’s Nicole Colonna, center, placed eighth in the Division V girls race Saturday at the state meet in Fresno.

Local girls didn’t rule Saturday’s CIF State Cross Country Championships, but they came pretty close.

Gunn High senior Sarah Robinson and Pinewood School junior Nicole Colonna finished among the top 10 in their respective races, Los Altos High sophomore Lauren Jacob placed 11th and Mountain View High senior Melissa Reed took 22nd.

Robinson – a Los Altos Hills resident – Colonna and Jacob ran the fastest times among runners from the Central Coast Section in their respective divisions.

CCS champ Robinson finished fourth in Division I and seventh overall Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. She ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 16 seconds. That was the fastest time ever run by a CCS girl at state until San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell clocked a 17:08 a few hours later in the Division IV race.

“I think overall I was happy with my performance,” said Robinson, who broke her personal record on the course by 40 seconds. “I think I could have finished stronger, but I am glad I improved my time.”

So did her coach PattiSue Plumer.

“Sarah ran a great race (Saturday),” said Plumer, whose team finished 14th at state. “The DI race was the most competitive race of the day and it went out really fast; the first mile was about a 5:20 pace. She went for it and hung on for a huge PR but didn’t quite have the closing speed she needed after going so fast.”

Robinson’s effort was good enough to earn an invitation to Saturday’s national meet in Portland, Ore., where she is slated to compete against the top high school runners in the country.

Fellow Los Altos Hills resident Colonna came in eighth in the Division V race with a time of 19:17.

“I was happy to place in the top 10 at the state meet,” she said. “I worked hard this year, put in a lot of miles, and finishing eighth against tough competition is fantastic.”

Jacob led the Los Altos girls, who placed 20th as a team in Division II, by finishing under 18 minutes for the first time on a 5-kilometer course. Jacob’s time of 17:52 broke her school record on the course by 24 seconds. It was good enough to take 26th overall.

Mountain View’s Reed finished 40th overall after running the Division I race in 18:08. Teammate Amy Lynch placed 127th overall and 56th in Division I with an 18:44.

Ailing St. Francis High freshman phenom Julia Bounds finished 154th in Division II. Coach Roberta Chisam said Bounds, suffering from bronchitis for more than a week, “had all the intentions to run a strong race, (but) her body was not ready.”

St. Francis placed 16th as a team, paced by sophomore Melissa Seaman (66nd, 19:06). Seaman and the Lancers’ next-best finishers – freshman Emily Skahill (99th, 19:36), and junior Hannah Kim (106th, 19:40) – also ran personal-best times on the course.

The St. Francis boys finished 12th in their division, powered by sophomore Xander Olivero’s 39th-place time of 15:56. Senior Gaurav Begur (16:24) was 80th.

The Los Altos boys placed five spots behind St. Francis in Division II. Sophomore Ben Zaeske led Los Altos, finishing in 16 minutes flat for 42nd place.

This marked Zaeske’s best time on a 5k course, according to coach Dan Oren.

Three other Eagles placed in the top 130: seniors Dane Tippett (99th, 16:36), Konrad Niemiec (128th, 16:51) and Kevin Glass (130th, 16:51).

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