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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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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Eagles lose element of surprise


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Julia Goupil, front, battles a Monta Vista player for the ball. Host Los Altos prevailed 6-0.

Returning 16 players and nearly every starter from last year’s talented team, the Los Altos High girls soccer squad doesn’t lack for much this season. The Eagles’ biggest loss may have been the element of surprise.

After winning the 2013 Central Coast Section Division II championship with a stunning playoff run that included upsets of Mitty and St. Francis, the Eagles are a marked team.

“It’s going to be a much more difficult road to CCS this year,” said midfielder Allie Crum, who scored game-winning goals against Mitty in the semifinals and St. Francis in the final. “Since we are no longer under the radar, teams expect much more, and therefore want to take us down.”

That may help explain Los Altos’ so-so start. The team entered league with a 2-2-1 record. After tying Palo Alto to open SCVAL De Anza Division play, the Eagles blew out Monta Vista last week.

“I don’t know if it was the best game yet,” Crum said of the 6-0 home win, “but we definitely played well and developed our chemistry.”

Los Altos used a balanced attack to whip the winless Matadors (0-7-1), getting goals and/or assists from five players Jan 15. Sophomore Tess Wendelken and freshman Emily Pye scored two goals each for the Eagles, while junior Rebecca Andrews and senior Julia Goupil had one apiece. Pye and Crum both notched two assists; Andrews and freshman Stephanie Campos earned an assist each.

Pye has a team-high 13 points this season; Andrews is next with nine and Crum’s six ranks third.

The defense dominated Monta Vista as well, posting its second shutout of the season. Junior Elena Strawn and sophomore Carrie Wendelken (Tess’ twin) split time in goal, combining for three saves. Carrie Wendelken, who starred in the playoffs, has 22 saves this year.

“We are still concentrating on our overall team defense that was so important to our success last year,” Crum said, “but we are also focusing on our attack and making opportunities in the final third of the field.”

Los Altos finished third in league a year ago, just behind Los Gatos and Mountain View. The Eagles are scheduled to host the rival Spartans 3:30 p.m. today.

“Like the last few years, Los Gatos and Mountain View will be tough competitors,” Crum said, “Palo Alto is also back in our league, and they are a very talented team. But as we learned firsthand last year, it’s really anyone’s game.”

While repeating as CCS champs is the ultimate goal, Crum stressed the importance of performing well in league to achieve that objective.

“We need to keep reminding ourselves that it’s possible to go far in CCS, but we also can’t go into any game with the mindset that we are automatically going to win,” she said. “It’s a long journey to CCS, so we’re taking it one game at a time.”

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