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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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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

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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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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LA's historic season comes to a close: Eagles fall to Mitty in regional final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Meghan McDermott bumps the ball in last week’s NorCal final.

When the Los Altos High girls volleyball team looks back at this season, the players and coaches probably won’t dwell on their lopsided loss to Mitty in last week’s Northern California Division II final.

After all, few people expected them to hang with the Monarchs – ranked No. 1 in the nation – for a second time this year.

The Eagles are more likely to reflect fondly on the journey that took them farther than any team in school history.

“I think every single one of us, especially me as a senior, is going to look back at this and just be amazed at all we’ve accomplished this whole season and be proud of the team and the program we’re going to be building for the future,” co-captain Meghan McDermott said after the Dec. 3 match Mitty won 25-20, 25-12, 25-14.

While outside hitter McDermott, setter Hanna Koehler, opposite hitter Michelle Albright and libero Katie Tritschler won’t be part of that future – all four starters graduate in the spring – coach Peter Kim intends to return. He guided Los Altos to a 34-7 record this season, his third at the helm.

“This team has accomplished so much this year,” Kim said. “I’ll look back on it fondly and with a smile. It’s a great group of players, great admin, great parents. It’s been like a total family thing. Everyone’s going to remember this forever.”

Although the Eagles’ stellar season didn’t produce any championships – they finished second in their league, section and region – the squad achieved a new level of success. This is the first Los Altos team in any sport to advance to a NorCal final.

“I’m just super proud of these girls for getting to this point,” said Kim, whose team won two road matches to reach the final.

Stunning the defending state champs in their gym proved too tall a task for a Los Altos team not as tall – or as seasoned – as the Monarchs (40-4), especially with their kill leader back at full strength.

When the squads met in the CCS Division II final 10 days earlier, 6-foot-3 outside hitter Clare Powers played sparingly due to an ankle injury and the Eagles nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the playoffs. They took the top seed to five sets, twice serving for match point before Mitty eked out the victory.

Powers looked like a different player in the NorCal final, notching 12 kills and 14 digs.

“I think she’s a huge leader on the court and definitely a phenomenal hitter and passer,” McDermott said. “I think having her back on the court made the team jell a little bit better. That was a huge key for them tonight.”

Powers notched five kills in the first set, including the game-winner on a shot up the middle.

Teammate Alexa Dryer – who at 6-4 was the most imposing figure on the court – also tallied 12 kills, along with four solo blocks. The junior middle blocker scored three points in the Monarchs’ 8-2 run to start the match.

Los Altos fought back, however, tying the game at 17 on a crushing kill by outside hitter Carmen Annevelink. The junior recorded five of her team-high 11 kills in the first set.

The Eagles weren’t able to take the lead, though. Mitty scored the next three points – two courtesy of kills by Powers – prompting a Los Altos timeout. The Eagles responded with back-to-back points, the second on Tritschler’s ace.

With their lead narrowed to 20-19, the Monarchs called timeout. They regrouped and quickly regained control by scoring four straight points – the last on a far-corner kill by Powers. Los Altos mustered one more point, thanks to a Mitty service error, before Powers put the set away.

The Eagles scored the initial point of the second set on a Koehler ace for their first lead of the night. The teams traded points before the Monarchs went on a major run after Albright’s cross-court kill tied the score at 3. Los Altos used both its timeouts during the 12-2 spurt and didn’t get closer than nine points of Mitty the rest of the set.

The Eagles scored first in the third set on an Annevelink kill and notched another one on a perfect set from Koehler that gave them a 4-3 lead. The Monarchs answered with a six-point run and never trailed again. Los Altos got as close as 10-8 on McDermott’s kill down the left sideline. Mitty scored the next three points and soon pulled away.

“Like the great team they are, they really came out to play,” Kim said of Mitty. “They played super defense over on their side. If you don’t have the big guns like they do, it’s hard to compete with them.”

McDermott – who recorded three kills, two solo blocks and 12 digs in the match – agreed.

“Mitty has phenomenal players all around. They’re definitely a very strong team,” she said. “The only way we knew we could win was if we played together as a team and played loose. I think we didn’t have our best match of the whole season, but this match is not going to define our season. We had so many other incredible matches that we won and played really well, so I’m proud of us.”


2013 girls volleyball: Los Altos High School vs. Mitty in CIF Final - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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