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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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Inexperienced Eagles hope to squeeze into soccer playoffs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Farzan Fallah, center, battles two Palo Alto players for the ball.

A year after guiding the most-experienced team in his 16 seasons at Los Altos High, boys soccer coach Vava Marques finds himself with perhaps the least-experienced squad of his tenure.

The Eagles lost 14 players to graduation last spring, leaving Marques with only four returnees this winter.

“We’re a very young team,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of seniors or kids who played (varsity) last year.”

The Los Altos roster comprises four seniors, 13 juniors and six sophomores. Of the seniors, only midfielder Eylam Fried played significant minutes last season.

Yet having all that experience a year ago did not translate into wins. Los Altos went 4-10-5 overall and finished fifth in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Marques expects to do better this season, though he’s not promising a Central Coast Section championship.

“We’re an OK team – we’ll be in the middle of the pack (in league),” he said. “We’re hoping to go over .500 and get to CCS. Maybe we can squeeze into third place and get an automatic (playoff) berth.”

The Eagles opened league play last week with a 3-1 loss to Palo Alto, a team Marques considers a title contender, along with defending champ Mountain View. Los Altos trailed 2-0 at halftime of the Jan. 8 home game. The Eagles scored early in the second half on a shot by Kunal Patel, assisted by Max de Visser.

Marques ranks Patel and fellow junior forward Farzan Fallah as the team’s top players on offense.

“They’re very fast and can beat players one-on-one,” the coach said. “We hope they can open up (chances) for someone else or they score themselves.”

Goals have been difficult to come by for Los Altos, which has mustered just 10 over seven games. In their six non-league matches – which they split – the Eagles only twice scored more than one goal.

Los Altos lacks a dominant scorer, getting goals from several players.

“We’re balanced,” Marques said.

The team’s strength is on defense, according to the coach. The Eagles have surrendered 12 goals, posting shutouts against Pajaro Valley and Menlo-Atherton.

Fullbacks de Visser (a junior) and Nicky McConnell (sophomore) spearhead the defense.

“They’re tall, aggressive and good on the ball,” Marques said. “They’re good leaders, too.”

Juniors Ricardo Juarez and Chris Lytle split time in goal.

“Ricky is shorter and Chris is taller; they’re pretty even,” the coach said. “I’ve been happy with them.”

Midfielders Fried and Matt Schonher, a junior, are co-captains of the team.

“They’re doing a good job,” Marques said.

Schonher, who also plays football, “is stronger this year and will help us,” the coach added.

Although Los Altos hasn’t looked that strong lately – dropping four consecutive games after a 3-0 start – Marques sees plenty of potential in his youthful squad. He pointed to the Dec. 11 match against Menlo-Atherton – a 3-0 home victory – as proof of what the Eagles are capable of doing.

“It was a very intense game against a very good team,” Marques said. “We matched their intensity and were extremely composed. It was the best game we’ve played so far.”

Los Altos’ next game is slated 3:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara.


2013 boys soccer: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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