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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 beat Paly in league basketball game


R. ALan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Danny Rosenbaum puts up a shot after driving into the lane against Paly.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team has looked worthy of that promotion to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Elevated after an undefeated season in the El Camino Division, the Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in the De Anza Division. Los Altos followed a 20-point win at Milpitas with a 68-60 victory over visiting Palo Alto last week.

“It was a solid win over a very good team,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose Eagles improved to 10-5 overall.

Los Altos jumped to a 19-11 lead after one quarter, but the Vikings rallied to lead by two at halftime and by three entering the final quarter of the Jan. 15 game.

That’s when the Eagles made their move. Los Altos outscored Paly 24-13 in the fourth.

“Fortunately, we had the last of the runs and time ran out with us up and (we got) the win,” McFarlane said.

Danny Rosenbaum spurred the rally, scoring nine of his 18 points – including a deep 3 – in the period. The junior “had an explosive run to finish the game,” McFarlane said, “and his solid decision-making and assertive play was the difference for us offensively.”

Steven Garverick totaled 20 points to pace the Eagles; Lambie Lanman added 13 and Joe Malgesini scored 11, including what McFarlane called “a clutch 3-pointer.”

Flourishing in the fourth quarter, Mountain View beat Los Gatos 40-30 Jan. 15. The Spartans outscored the Wildcats 13-3 in the period for their first De Anza Division win of the year.

John McAlister poured in 19 points – which included four 3-pointers – to lead visiting Mountain View (1-1 division, 5-9 overall).

Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League standings by defeating King’s Academy 60-49 Jan 14.

Kyle Murphy and Ryan Brice tallied 14 points each for the Panthers (3-0 league, 11-2 overall).

“The team played really well,” Pinewood coach Mani Messy said.

After facing little resistance prior to league – winning its 10 games by an average of 25 points – St. Francis has encountered plenty of it in the West Catholic Athletic League. The Lancers fell to 0-3 with last week’s 53-51 home loss to Valley Christian.

St. Francis entered the fourth quarter with a three-point advantage Jan. 14, but the Warriors outscored them 18-13 the rest of the way.

Noah Stapes led the Lancers with 16 points.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to nine games with last week’s 36-29 decision at Fremont. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the El Camino Division and 10-3 overall.

Meghan McDermott scored 11 points and Meg Enthoven added 10 for Los Altos, which created separation from the Firebirds with a 10-4 third-quarter run.

Girls soccer

Host Pinewood came from behind to top Woodside Priory 2-1 Thursday in a WBAL Foothill Division game.

After surrendering a goal off a corner kick, the Panthers tied the match off a corner of their own in the 33rd minute. Nicole Colonna’s kick soared to Etelle Stephan, who headed the ball to Courtney Copriviza and she booted it into the goal. Stephan scored the game-winner in the 75th minute off a free kick, heading the ball into the net.

“The girls played their hearts out,” said Michael Tetzlaff, whose Pinewood squad improved to 2-3 in the WBAL and 2-10 overall, “and as a coach you thrive on those kinds of games where either team could have won, but your team pulls it out with five minutes to go.”

Tied at 1 at halftime, St. Francis scored two second-half goals to beat Presentation 3-1 Jan. 14.

Sophia Villalta, Xochitl Hunter and Delaney Baie Pridham scored for the visiting Lancers, who improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 8-3 overall.

Wrestling

Los Altos fell 45-34 at Cupertino Thursday in El Camino Division action. The undermanned Eagles (1-1 league) had to forfeit four weight classes.

Five of Los Altos’ six wins came via pin: Joseph Donnelly at 106 pounds, Zachary Cano at 132, Carter Lee at 138, James Sobrino at 145 and Javier Contreras at 160. Sean Lanoza (152 pounds) produced the Eagles’ other win, an 11-2 decision.

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