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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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St. Francis/Bellarmine Football

Whenever St. Francis and Bellarmine meet on the gridiron, you can pretty much expect a low-scoring affair with plenty at stake between the two teams that get along as well as Republicans and Democrats.

Last Friday night was no exception, as a crowd of 8,000 fans filled Fisher Field to celebrate St. Francis' 40th anniversary and witness the top two teams in the Central Coast Section do battle for control of the West Catholic Athletic League.

Executing an eight-minute scoring drive in the second half, Bellarmine squeezed out a memorable 14-7 win over St. Francis to the end the Lancers' 23-game WCAL win streak and in all probability give the Bells the league title.

Bellarmine's ability to contain the Lancers' potent running attack with various defensive schemes propelled the Bells to its first victory over St. Francis since 1991.

St. Francis (3-1 league, 7-2 overall) opened the game in impressive fashion by marching 52 yards in nine plays, culminating on quarterback John Gall's 1-yard touchdown sneak for a 7-0 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter. Charles Tharp gained 43 yards on the drive with four carries.

Bellarmine (3-0, 7-0) countered on its second possession to tie the game at 7-7. The 72-yard drive featured a 41-yard pass completion and ended on a Tim Foley 2-yard plunge with 11:06 remaining in the half.

Despite a 7-7 halftime score, the Lancers did not attempt a pass in the first half and were held to just 16 yards in 10 plays following their opening scoring drive.

With the Lancers struggling offensively, Bellarmine put together a series of plays in the second half that may forever be known to Bells fans as "The March."

The Bells took their second possession of the half and marched 81 yards in 15 plays - consuming a whopping 7:52 - to take a 14-7 lead on Blake Elliott's 1-yard run with 10:54 remaining in the game.

Bellarmine converted three third-down attempts on the drive with a variety of runs and short to medium passes.

St. Francis' final opportunity to pull even began at its own 3-yard line with 2:39 to play.

The Lancers converted a crucial third and 15 when Gall connected with Tharp for 32 yards to their 40 with a minute left. Following a 17-yard run by Gall and a 3-yard completion to Tim Cross, St. Francis called a timeout with 33 seconds remaining and the ball at the Bells' 40.

With the capacity crowd on its feet, Gall again hooked up with Tharp for a 24-yard gain. But Tharp was stripped of the ball at the Bellarmine 16-yard line, and the Bells recovered the loose ball to preserve victory.

Bellarmine outgained the Lancers in total yards 242-167. Tharp led the Lancers with 65 yards rushing on 11 carries; Gall completed four of seven passes for 66 yards.

There is a good chance St. Francis and Bellarmine will meet again in the CCS playoffs, where they have met seven times since 1979 with the Lancers winning four.

Bellarmine............0 7 0 7 - 14

St. Francis.............7 0 0 0 - 7

SF - Gall 1 run (Beall kick)

B - Foley 2 run (Hege kick)

B - Elliott 1 run (Hege kick)

Attendance - 8,000.

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