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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Eagles down Redwood in NorCal semis to earn rematch with mighty Monarchs


Town Crier file Photo
Joyce Christiansen-Salameh notched 14 assists and six digs in Los Altos High’s NorCal semifinal win over Redwood.

No matter what happened Tuesday, the Los Altos High girls volleyball team would have a hard time deeming this season anything but a smashing success.

The Eagles were slated to play at Mitty Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s deadline) for the Northern California Division II championship and a berth in this weekend’s state final. This is Los Altos’ first trip to the NorCal final.

“We are so excited that we have made it this far,” senior Meghan McDermott said after the third-seeded Eagles edged No. 2 Redwood (Larkspur) in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal. “I am still in shock, because I never could have dreamed we would be having such an incredibly successful season.”

Los Altos improved to 34-6 with Saturday’s road win, which went five games. The Eagles prevailed 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11.

“The key to winning that game for us was to play loose,” said McDermott, who recorded six kills, two aces and 12 digs. “As a team, we play much better when we are relaxed. We pass well, we get kills and overall we play much better as a team.”

Los Altos did just that in the first two sets, but the Giants (42-5) swung the momentum in their favor in the middle games.

“In the third and fourth sets, Redwood fought back and started getting some really nice kills on us. In response, we tensed up and played much tighter,” McDermott said. “Fortunately, we came back together as a team in that fifth set to win the match.”

Fellow outside hitter Carmen Annevelink paced the Eagles with 19 kills Saturday. The junior added four aces, 23 digs and two solo blocks.

Senior setter Hanna Koehler contributed 10 kills and 23 assists. Senior right-side hitter Michelle Albright also notched 10 kills.

The Eagles would likely need another team effort to challenge top-seeded Mitty (39-4), the defending state champ and No. 1 ranked squad in the nation.

Los Altos took the Monarchs to five games in the Nov. 23 Central Coast Section final, twice serving for match point before losing the fifth game 16-18.

“They are an amazingly talented team,” McDermott said of Mitty, “and I know both teams are going to come out fighting for that NorCal Championship title.”

The winner is scheduled to take on the Southern California champ 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

Mustangs fall in semis

Homestead – the third seed in the NorCal Division I playoffs – saw its season come to a close in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Mustangs, who feature four Los Altos residents, lost in four games to No. 2 St. Francis of Sacramento. The host Troubadours triumphed 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 29-27.

Homestead, the CCS Division I champs, finished the season with a 27-8 record.

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