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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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Los Altos High boys beaten by Bells in Monta Vista Tournament title game


Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos High senior Steven Garverick scored a team-high 58 points in last week’s Monta Vista Tournament.

With his Los Altos High boys basketball team facing a Bellarmine squad it stunned a month earlier, coach Bob McFarlane predicted that Saturday’s Monta Vista Tournament final would be a “slugfest.” He was right.

The Bells prevailed 49-46, avenging their 52-47 setback to the Eagles in the Cupertino Tournament. Los Altos fell to 8-5 overall; Bellarmine improved to 5-3.

The Eagles outscored the Bells by five points in the second half Saturday, but they were doomed by a slow start. Los Altos trailed 21-14 at halftime, limited to four points in the second quarter.

As they did throughout the tourney, Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini led the Eagles in scoring. Garverick totaled 17 points in the final and fellow senior Malgesini scored 16.

In Friday’s semifinal – a 67-42 rout of host Monta Vista – Garverick poured in 29 points

“He was an absolute beast, and they had no answers for him,” McFarlane said.

In Thursday’s 60-55 opening-round victory over Liberty, Malgesini tallied 25 points.

“He was unstoppable,” his coach said.

The Eagles are scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play 7 p.m. today at Milpitas.

In other boys basketball action last week:

• St. Francis remained perfect, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 50-42 Friday in nonleague play. The Lancers improved to 10-0. Christopher Lewis paced St. Francis with 16 points.

• Pinewood went 3-0 to win the Head Royce Tournament. The Panthers edged the host team 38-36 in Saturday’s title game. Ryan Brice (nine points in the final) was named tournament MVP and Greg Naumann (eight) made the all-tourney team.

“Our guys have done a great job embracing the team concept aspect of basketball,” coach Mani Messy said.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to seven games with Friday’s 59-41 flogging of Fairfield.

Tied at 10 after the first quarter, the Eagles (8-3) took control in the second period with a 17-11 run and pulled away from there.

Rachel Glein led Los Altos with 15 points and Meghan McDermott added 13.

Opening the game with a 17-2 run, St. Francis made quick work of Washington Saturday. The host Lancers (7-4) prevailed 69-27 behind 17 points from sophomore guard Marisa Mondave.

Girls soccer

Los Altos played host Santa Teresa to a 1-all tie Saturday in non-league action.

Sophomore Stephanie Kouvelas scored for the Eagles (2-2-1).

St. Francis skunked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Friday, improving to 2-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2 overall.

Peyton Cassin notched three goals and an assist; Annie Kingman recorded two goals and three assists.

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