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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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Prep softball & Water Polo

In one of the closer games on the Peninsula this season, Mercy-Burlingame downed Pinewood 9-8 last Tuesday to remain atop the Private Schools Athletic League with a 7-0 mark. Second-place Pinewood (6-2 league, 8-4 overall) started off shaky, allowing three runs in the first inning and trailing 6-1 after four frames.But thanks to a two-RBI triple by Kacey Scheppler, run-scoring single from Andrea Hajjarian and several walks, the Panthers cut the deficit to 6-5 in their half of the fifth. "We broke it open a little bit," said Pinewood Coach Christy Eustice. The Panthers' Kari Burnett then led off the next inning with a double and scored the tying run.Runs piled up for both teams in the seventh: Mercy scored three, but Pinewood could only answer with two, thus suffering its second loss to the league leaders this season. The Panthers' downfall was leaving nine runners stranded on base.On the pitching end, Scheppler (6-3) struck out nine and allowed five hits. From the plate, she raised her average to about .500 with a 3-for-4 performance (triple, double, single and three RBIs).Pinewood bounced back against Valley-Dublin on Thursday with a 10-4 victory. Leading the hit parade was Scheppler with three (and 15 Ks from the mound) and Ali Harvey with two. In Saturday's nonleague action, tough Menlo downed the Panthers 8-1.Although Pinewood couldn't crack Mercy during the regular season, it may get a shot at them in the Central Coast Section playoffs ­ if the Panthers qualify. Eustice said her team must win the rest of its league games (plus Saturday's nonleague meeting with Sacred Heart Prep) to contend for an at-large berth.

ADD SOFTBALL: In last weekend's Mission City Invitational, Los Altos (21-5 overall) beat Mitty 1-0 in the second round, but lost to Presentation 3-0 in the quarterfinals and again to Mitty 2-0 in the semis. Eagles Yma Garcia and Sabrina Quintero made the all-tournament team.Mountain View (17-6-1) also had a run-in with eventual Mission champ Presentation, losing 4-3. In league action last week, St. Francis got two hits apiece from Cindy Hirsch and Saskia Gazenbeek and strong pitching from Catherine Hallada to knock off Los Gatos 3-0. The Lancers are 3-3 in league.

GIRLS WATER POLO: St. Francis was the only local team to qualify for last week's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs. The Lancers downed Monta Vista 5-3 in the opening round on Wednesday, but lost to powerhouse Menlo-Atherton 12-4 the following day. Against Monta Vista, a strong defensive effort ­ led by goalie Sarah Wilhalm ­ pulled the Lancers through, said Coach Steve Yamamoto. St. Francis goal scorers included Crystal Melin (two), Ashley Scheel and Andrea Canning. But in the battle for third place ­ and a CCS playoff spot ­ Homestead beat St. Francis 6-4 on Friday, thus ending the Lancers' season with a 7-4 record.

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