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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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Mountain View boys rout Fremont in soccer

In a triumphant return from injury, Brad Bumgarner led the host Mountain View High boys soccer team to a 7-0 flogging of Fremont. The senior striker scored four goals Friday.

Bumgarner – sidelined for three weeks with an ankle injury – provided a “huge lift for the team,” coach Jim McGuirk said.

Edi Aguilar, Drew Bosset and Drew Mitchner scored the Spartans’ other goals.

“Everyone played great,” said McGuirk, whose team improved to 6-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 12-2-1 overall.

Mountain View is scheduled to visit Los Gatos (7-0-1 division) 3:30 p.m. today with first place on the line.

Host St. Francis clipped Valley Christian 2-1 Jan. 29 on goals by Alec Prusa and Mitch Cunningham. The Lancers went to 5-2-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2-5 overall.

Girls soccer

Los Altos earned a win and a tie last week, boosting its record to 4-1-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-3-3 overall.

The host Eagles edged Los Gatos 1-0 Jan. 27 on a late goal by Allie Crum, assisted by Katie Winters. Two days later, Los Altos played visiting Palo Alto to a scoreless tie.

Mountain View also posted a win and a tie last week, putting its record at 3-0-4 in the De Anza Division and 7-2-5 overall.

The visiting Spartans skunked Saratoga 4-0 Jan. 27, getting two goals from Ysabel Baluyot and one each from Morgan Matthews and Erica Higa. Danna Weintraub notched three assists.

Weintraub scored host Mountain View’s lone goal in Friday’s 1-all tie against Homestead.

Pinewood fell 4-2 to Castilleja Thursday, sinking the team’s record to 2-7 in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division and 3-14 overall. Nicole Colonna and Olivia Biggs scored for the Panthers on assists from Etelle Stephan.

Pinewood “lacked intensity and focus,” according to coach Michael Tetzlaff, who noted that his squad had only 11 players available.

Behind a pair of second-half goals, St. Francis beat Notre Dame-Belmont 2-0 Saturday.

Annie Kingman recorded a goal and an assist for the Lancers, who improved to 6-3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 11-4 overall. Peyton Cassin scored the other goal.

Boys basketball

Overcoming a rough second quarter, Los Altos rallied to beat Los Gatos 45-37 last week to remain atop the De Anza Division standings. The visiting Eagles, outscored 16-4 in the second period, went on a 17-3 run in the third to take the lead.

Daniel Rosenbaum totaled 14 points for Los Altos; Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini added 11 each.

The Jan. 29 win pushed the Eagles’ record to 6-0 in league and 14-5 overall.

Mountain View dropped a 45-36 De Anza Division game at Homestead Friday. The Spartans fell to 2-5 in league, 6-13 overall.

St. Francis dropped its fifth consecutive game, 69-48 at Serra Saturday, to slump to 1-8 in the WCAL and 11-8 overall.

Girls basketball

St. Francis won a pair of WCAL games last week: 54-45 at Mitty Jan. 28 and 64-40 over visiting Notre Dame-Belmont Friday. Marisa Mondave scored 11 points in each game for the Lancers (5-3, 13-7).

Mountain View lost 59-44 at Wilcox Friday, outscored 35-18 over the second and third quarters. The Spartans fell to 2-5 in the De Anza Division, 10-8 overall.

Wrestling

Los Altos crushed Homestead 54-20 Thursday, improving to 3-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division.

Brian Wong (120 pounds), Christopher Villa (126), James Sobrino (145) and Sean Lanoza (152) posted pins for the visiting Eagles.

St. Francis routed Riordan 49-18 Thursday in WCAL action. The Lancers won 10 weight classes, six via pin.

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