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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 boys & girls basketball teams off to successful starts in league

With a fourth-quarter flurry, the Los Altos High boys basketball team turned a close game into a rout last week at Milpitas.

The Eagles, ahead by only two at the end of the third quarter, outscored the Trojans 25-7 the rest of the way to win their SCVAL De Anza Division opener 85-65.

Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said the Jan. 8 game changed when his team “decided to increase the intensity of our defense and the execution of our offense.”

Joe Malgesini scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth period. The senior buried a trio of 3-pointers in the contest. Danny Rosenbaum added 21 points, while Steven Garverick contributed 17 and “probably had the best overall game, playing excellent post defense and taking efficient shots,” McFarlane said.

Pinewood is off to a 2-0 start in the West Bay Athletic League. The Panthers topped host Harker 49-45 Jan. 7 and defeated Woodside Priory 52-44 Friday in another road game.

Greg Naumann put up 17 points for the Panthers (10-2 overall) against Harker.

After a 10-0 start to the season, St. Francis has dropped two consecutive games to open West Catholic Athletic League play. The Lancers followed a 69-42 loss at Mitty Jan. 7 with a 63-47 setback to visiting Serra Friday. Matthew Tripaldi scored 12 points in Friday’s contest.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to eight games by edging Santa Clara 47-46 Jan. 7 in the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for both teams.

The visiting Eagles outscored the Bruins 25-16 in the second half.

Allegra Maeso scored 12 points for Los Altos (9-3 overall) and Rebecca Andrews added nine.

A 17-8 fourth-quarter spurt pushed Pinewood to a 59-51 win over International Jan. 8 in non-league play. Leeana Bade and Marissa Hing scored 15 points each to pace the Panthers (12-1).

St. Francis began its WCAL slate with a 59-57 home loss to Mitty Jan. 8. The Lancers were outscored 15-8 in the fourth quarter. Marisa Mondave and Kiana Tom totaled 12 points each for St. Francis.

The Lancers rebounded Friday by beating host Notre Dame-Belmont 55-26. Tom scored 18 points and Mondave 16 for St. Francis (8-5 overall), which jumped to a 30-11 lead by halftime.

Boys soccer

Mountain View’s 3-0 win at Fremont Friday to open De Anza Division play marked coach Jim McGuirk’s 250th victory. McGuirk has coached the Spartans for 25 years and graduated from the school when it was known as Awalt.

St. Francis played Serra to a 1-1 draw Saturday in WCAL action. Luke Newquist scored for the Lancers (3-1-1 league, 4-1-3 overall).

Girls soccer

In its SCVAL De Anza Division opener, Los Altos played Palo Alto to a 2-all tie Jan. 8.

Trailing 2-0 at intermission, the Eagles evened the score on goals by Katie Winters (penalty kick) and Rebecca Andrews (assist Julia Goupil).

Visiting Los Altos went to 2-2-2 overall.

After opening WBAL Foothill Division play with a pair of losses, Pinewood capped last week with a 4-1 home win over Notre Dame-San Jose. Etelle Stephan and Olivia Biggs scored two goals each.

Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaf said the Panthers (2-9 overall) “can feel good about the way we played (Saturday).”

Wrestling

St. Francis topped Sacred Heart Cathedral 38-33 in WCAL action Jan. 8.

Robert Kresge (182 pounds), John Casarez (195) and Takoa Ahoia (285) earned pins for the visiting Lancers.

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