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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Mountain View High girls soccer team driven to make CCS playoffs once again


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High freshman Allie Coyne heads the ball in last week’s game against Santa Clara

Don’t be fooled by the lack of licensed drivers on the Mountain View High girls soccer team – the Spartans are still steering toward a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I think trying to make CCS is always the main goal for our program, so that doesn’t change,” said coach Ivan Bandov, whose young team is off to a 3-1 start.

Although Mountain View has an overwhelming number of underclassmen – 14 of the 19 players, nine of whom are sophomores – nearly half the team has varsity experience. Six of the eight returnees started on last season’s squad, which reached the playoffs after finishing second in the formidable SCVAL De Anza Division.

Midfielders Erica Higa and Danna Weintraub are tri-captains with another senior, defender Neha Cheemalavagu. Juniors Morgan Matthews and Morgan DeAngelis return to the starting lineup as well, along with fellow forward Ysabel Baluyot, a sophomore.

All but center back Cheemalavagu – whose main job is to prevent goals, not score them – produced points last season. They combined for 40 goals and 46 assists. Baluyot topped the team in goals (14), followed closely by Matthews (13). Higa’s 26 assists were more than three times as many as the next-best player in that category.

Matthews and Baluyot each scored a pair of goals in Mountain View’s 4-1 win over Santa Clara Dec. 10, while Higa notched two assists.

New starters include returnees Rachel Ng, a sophomore defender, and senior goalie Sophie Brotzel, who “has been solid,” Bandov said.

Three newcomers are also playing significant roles on the team.

“Freshman Allie Coyne has been terrific so far at left back and has played every minute so far,” Bandov said. “Freshman Grace Descourouez has seen a good amount of time at center mid as well. Sophomore Kasey Cruz has done a nice job for us as well.”

The Spartans may not be as deep as last season’s team (17-4-3 record; CCS semifinalist) or the previous year’s squad (17-2-3; CCS champion), but Bandov sees something special in these girls.

“We’ll have to overachieve to have similar seasons to the past, but one thing I really like about this team is we have amazing girls who work really hard,” he said. “(There are) no attitudes or egos that will get in the way of creating a great chemistry. That’s one thing that will help us have a successful season, I think.”

Mountain View – which lost 3-1 at Menlo Thursday despite outshooting the Knights 21-3 – is slated to face Hillsdale 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

2013 girls soccer: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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