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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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Foothill College men and women reach state semifinals in soccer

The Foothill College men’s soccer team’s sensational season could be described as an international effort.

The Owls reached the state semifinals for the first time in 27 years with a roster featuring 10 players from foreign countries.

“I feel that’s one of my strengths as a coach – blending players from different cultures,” said Tom Liner, who this month capped his 17th season at Foothill. “I played overseas for three years in Austria and understand what it’s like to be from a different culture than a lot of your teammates.”

The coach noted that Foothill has always attracted a large contingent of international students, so it’s not unusual to have several foreign players on the squad. This year’s roster included seven athletes from Sweden, two from Brazil and one from Austria.

Two of the Swedes – sophomore defenders Eric Bohlin and Robin Skarvik – have played together since age 10. Bohlin was recently named an All-American.

Freshman goalie Marcel Berghofer of Austria posted the best goals-against average in the state.

Leading scorer Edgardo Molina is from the area. The freshman from Menlo-Atherton High tallied 13 goals. He shared captain duties with Bohlin and Skarvik.

Skarvik’s goal off a corner kick in the 93rd minute lifted the Owls to their playoff-opening win, 1-0 over visiting Feather River. Seventh-seeded Foothill – in the postseason for the seventh straight year – then went on the road and beat American River 5-3.

The Owls’ next game was much closer. Foothill edged host Santa Rosa 1-0 on a shot by Brazilian forward Nikolas Ferro in the 89th minute.

The victory sent the Owls (14-4-5) to the state semis in Sacramento, where they faced four-time defending state champ Mt. San Antonio. After a scoreless first half, Foothill fell 2-1.

Soon after Bohlin’s late goal cut the Owls’ deficit in half, forward Octovio Perez nearly scored the equalizer.

“He missed by a foot to the keeper’s left with about five minutes to go,” Liner said.

Although this ranks as his most successful season, Liner won’t rate it higher than past years: “They’re all satisfying.”

He credited much of this year’s success to “the real family atmosphere” surrounding his team. He added that the aura extended to the women’s team, which advanced to the state semis as well.

“We like to think of it as one whole program as opposed to two teams,” Liner said.

The women reached the state final four for the first time.

“This was a special season for us,” coach Owen Flannery said of his 16-6-3 squad. “The girls were dedicated and very hardworking from the very first practice.”

The Owls upset two higher-ranked teams – Fresno and Cosumnes River – on their way to the semis, where they lost 7-0 to defending state champ Cerritos.

Sophomore forward Brittany Squarcia, a Homestead High graduate, led Foothill with 18 goals and 10 assists this season.

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