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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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Panthers put up 80 in victory


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School guard Marissa Hing puts up a shot in Friday’s game against Valley Christian-Dublin. She scored 12 points.

Friday’s rematch of girls basketball teams that met in the Northern California Division V semifinals – Pinewood School and Valley Christian-Dublin – featured virtually the same players as last year, but the score was vastly different.

Pinewood won again, only this time it wasn’t close. The host Panthers prevailed 80-41 over the Vikings, who never led in the non-league contest. Eleven players scored for Pinewood, paced by sophomore Chloe Eackles’ 13 points.

“We shot well tonight,” said coach Doc Scheppler, whose team made only 10 of 47 shots from the field in the 37-30 win at Valley Christian last March. “That’s how we can play. It’s not like we played a terrible team. To beat them by that much shows we’re pretty good.”

Each team entered Friday’s game with just one loss and surely could meet again in the NorCal playoffs. The Panthers, off to an 11-1 start, have set their sights on returning to Sacramento for another shot at the state crown.

“We’ve improved so much from last year,” Pinewood senior Leeana Bade said. “I think we can make it to state this year and hopefully we win this time.”

If the Panthers continue to play like they did Friday, that’s a distinct possibility.

“We’ve been playing a lot like this lately,” said Bade, whose stat line included four points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. “This is how we should always be playing.”

Pinewood jumped to a 9-0 lead just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Monique McDevitt started it off by burying a baseline 3 and Eackles dropped in a pair of treys from the top of the key.

By quarter’s end, McDevitt drilled another 3 and Gabi Bade (Leeana’s younger sister) knocked one down as well. Coupled with layins from Kendahl Wallis-Lang and Leeana Bade, the Panthers led 19-12.

Pinewood, which nailed five of its eight shots from 3-point range in the opening quarter, made three more in the second to pull away from Valley Christian (9-2). Eackles, Gabi Bade and freshman Priya Sundaresan connected from 3 on consecutive possessions, part of a 16-0 run featuring points from six players.

Point guard Marissa Hing capped the spurt by scoring three points the hard way – making a layin after getting knocked to the floor, then hitting the free throw. This put Pinewood ahead 36-14 with 3:07 remaining in the half.

“By and large, we got shots, got to the rim and finished plays,” Scheppler said. “That’s a classic Pinewood game.”

The Panthers closed the half with a layin by freshman Akayla Hackson just before the buzzer. Hing set it up by driving the lane, attracting the defense’s attention, before dishing the ball to Hackson under the hoop.

Hing totaled six assists, 12 points and four rebounds.

“Marissa was awesome,” Scheppler said.

Ahead 42-21 at intermission, Pinewood pushed its advantage to 27 points by the end of the third quarter on Hing’s right-side trey with two ticks left.

The Panthers turned to their bench for much of the fourth, playing four freshmen at times. All of them scored in the quarter and Sundaresan finished the game with 11 points.

“I think I was most pleased by our group in the fourth quarter,” Scheppler said. “They didn’t let down – they got shots and defensively did a great job against their starters that were still in the game. Our freshmen came in and did a great job.”

Pinewood is scheduled to host International 6:30 p.m. today – its final tune-up before starting West Bay Athletic League play.


2013 girls basketball: Pinewood School vs. Valley Christian - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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