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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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