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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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Locals hope to shine in county all-star game

Like any all-star exhibition, the participants in next week's Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game intend to have fun. However, this doesn't mean these high school standouts won't take the game seriously.

Just ask Mountain View High fullback Mike Caldwell.

"I want to have fun, but I also want to do well," Caldwell said. "It's a big game and I want to help our team win."

St. Francis offensive lineman Joe Escobar agrees.

"I think every one's playing to win," Escobar said. "No one's willing to lose an all-star game."

Caldwell and Escobar are among eight seniors from the area slated to play in the county all-star game at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at San Jose State's Spartan Stadium.

Joining them on the North team will be defensive back Ryan Gutierrez of Los Altos, kicker Bryan Beall of St. Francis, defensive back Fred Shepherd and tight end Brent Bower of Gunn, plus defensive lineman Matt Kenney and linebacker Chris Brooker of Homestead.

In all, more than 100 players from the class of 1998 are expected to take part in the 24th annual charity game, which pits North vs. South. The all-star classic is named after the former Los Gatos High football coach who's been fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease since 1977.

The teams have been practicing since July 8, with the North working out at Lynbrook High. And so far, Gutierrez likes what he's seen from his teammates.

"I'm excited because we have a lot of good players," Gutierrez said. "And we seem to be working well together."

Playing well as a team and individually can only help these players further their careers.

Escobar, for example, doesn't plan to play football this fall, but said he hopes to transfer from UC-Riverside to Cal-Berkeley next year to continue his career. He knows an impressive performance in front of the throng of recruiters expected at the game will improve his chances.

"I look forward to meeting (the scouts)," Escobar said.

Gutierrez, who's also taking a year off from football, is eager to please the scouts as well.

"I just want to go out there and shine," he said.

Another player hoping to make an impression is Caldwell. He intends to play at West Valley College this fall and then transfer to a four-year school.

"It's a great honor to play in this game, and if I do well it can only help me," Caldwell said.

Perhaps no player is more excited about making the all-star team than Shepherd, a former Los Altos Hills resident.

"This is my dream," said Shepherd, who will play for Cabrillo College this fall. "I planned on making this game before last season even started."

Tickets to the game are $8 (kids under 5 get in free) and can be purchased in advance by calling the San Jose Box Office at (408) 246-1160.

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