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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

Los 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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Mtn. View girls fall at home to Wilcox


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Jayme Hughes, looking to shoot, scored a team-high 10 points in Friday’s league loss to visiting Wilcox.

Her team lost its league opener 57-41, yet Mountain View High girls basketball coach Judy Auclair wasn’t discouraged by the way the Spartans played Friday against visiting Wilcox.

“I thought we did a pretty good job tonight,” said Auclair, who expects the Chargers (11-1 overall) to go undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division. “Our girls are feeling really good about this game and what they’ve done. Everyone else is getting beat by 30 points against them. That’s a great compliment to these young ladies – that they stuck with it.”

Wilcox’s superior size bothered the Spartans (7-5 overall) on both ends of the court. Led by imposing 6-foot-4 senior Joesetta Fatuesi, who recently committed to the University of Utah, the Chargers scored several times inside and made Mountain View think twice about venturing into the paint.

“It was tough covering all those tall girls,” Auclair said, “and we were a little afraid of driving in on them.”

The Spartans got off to a sluggish start – down 12-4 midway through the first quarter – but showed signs of life late in the second period. They turned a 26-12 deficit into a nine-point game with 1:48 remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Jayme Hughes scored half of her team-high 10 points during the run.

“Jayme has been sick/tired and made only two practices this week, but she did the best she could,” Auclair said.

Wilcox regained control in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points.

Forward Karen Kauffman broke the streak by making a flip shot on a drive down the middle for Mountain View. The sophomore totaled seven points.

The Chargers countered with a trey by Fatuesi – her second of the night – for a 42-22 advantage with 4:49 left in the period.

Mountain View responded with a 7-0 run highlighted by Hughes’ second 3-pointer of the game.

The Spartans wouldn’t get closer than 14 points the rest of the way and found themselves down 55-34 after Fatuesi scored inside with 4:50 left to play. She finished with 12 points.

Mountain View made 14 of 46 shots from the field Friday.

“Our shots just didn’t fall,” said Auclair, whose squad committed 21 turnovers.

The Chargers turned the ball over 20 times and connected on 22 of 49 shots. They nailed eight treys, three courtesy of guard Caitlin Brown (11 points total).

The Spartans are slated to host Milpitas 6:15 p.m. Friday.


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

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