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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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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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Team effort propels Bobby Sox team to national tourney

Perhaps the best thing about Bobby Sox softball, according to Cathy DiLeonardo, is that if you're on the team, you'll get on the field.

"Everybody plays," said DiLeonardo, manager of the Mountain View Bobby Sox 4A Division All-Stars. "It's fair."

And in Mountain View's case, the 13 team members did more than just play. DiLeonardo said each one of them contributed to Mountain View's success this summer.

"It was every girl who made the difference for this team at some point or another," she said.

The team of 16-and-under players from Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale recently capped a season in which it "did the best any Mountain View team has ever done," DiLeonardo said.

After winning its district in dramatic fashion, the squad placed fifth out of 16 teams in the Bobby Sox National Tournament of Champions.

Mountain View went 2-2 at the double-elimination tourney, held Aug. 2-4 in Buena Park, and was the only team to knock off eventual champ Pico Rivera.

Mountain View's roster changed a little from the district to the national competitions - a few players had previous commitments - but others stepped up in their stead.

"They were incredible," said DiLeonardo, whose husband Carl was on her coaching staff. "They worked hard and everything turned out great."

Mountain View began the national with a pair of wins. The girls topped Claremont 10-7 in the opener, with half their runs coming in the first inning when they batted around.

"They came out hitting phenomenally," DiLeonardo said. "They did really well."

Mountain View then squeaked by host team Pico Rivera 2-1. Celeste Guasch helped preserve the victory by running down a long fly ball in the seventh inning with two outs and runners on.

"It was an incredible catch," DiLeonardo said. "I thought it was gone; the field didn't have fences."

Earlier in the game, Guasch stole home for what proved to be the winning run.

Mountain View was eliminated from the event with back-to-back losses to Lakeside and the same Pico Rivera team it beat earlier. Mountain View fell 7-1 to Lakeside and 8-2 to Pico Rivera.

In the district tourney, played June 29-30 in Milpitas, Mountain View won five of its six games to advance to the national.

DiLeonardo said Mountain View's "bats were alive" in the district competition.

Alicia Olmos totaled 10 hits to lead the team with a .588 batting average; Genny DiLeonardo hit safely in all six games (nine hits total) and led Mountain View in slugging percentage (.684); Briahna Rousseau, Caitlin Mulloy and Ellie Aragon each had seven hits; Stephanie Jackson blasted a grand slam; and Megan Keefhaver produced five hits.

The team's top pitchers for the season included Olmos and Keefhaver, with Ciara Mirana turning out what the manager described as "a gutsy" pitching performance in the district tourney.

Also helping out along the way with clutch plays in the field and at the plate were Venice Higareda, Patty Garnero, Dana Schmitz and Lindsay O'Hearn.

With such a young team - the players were all between the ages of 13-15 - DiLeonardo said Mountain View should be able make another run at the national title next summer.

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