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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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MV boys struggle against Mustangs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cory Fitz, shooting, led Mountain View High with 11 points Friday against Homestead.

It might be time to declare a drought in Mountain View. A scoring drought, that is. The Mountain View High boys basketball team continues to struggle when it comes to producing points.

The Spartans opened SCVAL De Anza Division play with a 49-31 loss to visiting Homestead Friday night and fell 53-40 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday in non-league action.

Mountain View (4-9 overall) is averaging just 38.7 points per game.

“To say we’re inconsistent is to put it too optimistically,” coach Jim Forthoffer said. “We sometimes shoot very poorly, but once in a while we have a nice shooting game.”

The Spartans have reached the 50s only twice – and lost both games. The team’s highest-scoring game came in a 63-55 setback to St. Ignatius Jan. 3.

“We had a great shooting night against St. Ignatius, although we lost, but it was a close game and a moral victory,” Forthoffer said. “We’ve also had some horrible shooting nights.”

Count Friday among them. Mountain View made just 11 of 42 shots from the field and was a woeful seven of 32 from 3-point range. The Spartans’ starting backcourt went scoreless.

Cory Fitz was the only Mountain View player in doubles figures (11 points); fellow forward Blake Jarrell was the team’s next-best scorer (seven).

Fitz and Jarrell, both seniors, combined to score all nine of the Spartans’ points in the opening quarter. Fitz made the game’s first basket (a putback) and drilled a 3-pointer in the closing minute. Jarrell capped the quarter with a midrange jumper, cutting Homestead’s lead to 14-9.

Fitz buried back-to-back 3s late in the second quarter – Mountain View’s only field goals in the period. The Spartans trailed 25-17 at intermission.

The Mustangs (8-4 overall) pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Mountain View 15-6. Guard Troy Whitford, a Los Altos resident, notched five of his game-high 17 points in the period.

“Troy is a heck of a player,” Forthoffer said, “and it’s hard to contain him.”

Whitford spearheaded Homestead’s 7-0 run to begin the fourth, scoring five points. The senior made a putback, a free throw and a spinning scoop shot.

Mountain View’s first points of the fourth came at the 3:12 mark when reserve guard Kevin Ives drained a 3-pointer from the left side. The Mustangs still had a comfortable lead, however, at 47-26.

The Spartans are scheduled to visit Los Gatos 7 p.m. today.


2013 boys basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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