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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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Spartans rally to beat Burlingame in football


Photo By: Courtesy of Pam Lytle
Photo Courtesy Of Pam Lytle

Los Altos High water polo player Paul Bergevin shoots against Homestead last week.

Putting their disappointing football opener behind them, the Mountain View High Spartans rallied to beat Burlingame 30-27 Friday.

Trailing 27-15 midway through the third quarter, visiting Mountain View scored the final 15 points to prevail. After fullback Chad Schaumburg scored on a short run late in the third, the Spartans received two points on a safety early in the fourth and quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Avery with just more than a minute to play (kick failed).

“Our quarterback came through for us,” coach Toure Carter said. “He’s getting more and more confident.”

The Spartans, shellacked 27-3 at home by Sacred Heart Prep the prior week, are scheduled to host rival Los Altos 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foothill College. It is Mountain View’s homecoming game.

The start of the season went from bad to really bad for Los Altos, as Sacred Heart Prep routed the visiting Eagles 70-0 Saturday. Los Altos, which lost its opener 53-8 to Santa Clara a week earlier, trailed 49-0 at halftime of Saturday’s non-league game.

“We did not execute on either side of the ball and specialty teams continue to have major issues,” coach Rudy Alcala said. “This week we will work on just fundamentals – catching, running, blocking and tackling.”

Boys water polo

Los Altos won a pair of games last week, topping Gunn 13-10 Sept. 11 and routing Homestead 15-7 Thursday. Sam Lisbonne scored seven goals versus Gunn and Ian McColl tallied six against Homestead.

Paced by Michael Magee’s five goals, Mountain View defeated Monta Vista 13-9 Thursday to remain undefeated (6-0).

St. Francis beat Serra 12-8 Sept. 12, helped by Jamie Olson’s five goals, to open the season.

Volleyball

St. Francis split its four matches at last weekend’s Mitty Varsity Tournament. The Lancers opened with wins over Oak Ridge and Dos Pueblos, then fell to host Mitty and Santa Margarita.

Earlier in the week, the Lancers (10-3) defeated Homestead and Menlo-Atherton in non-league play. Chloe Lott led St. Francis with 25 kills and 18 digs against Homestead Thursday; Cassie Wes tallied 13 kills in the Sept. 11 victory over Menlo-Atherton.

Los Altos’ four-game loss at Sacred Heart Prep Thursday evened the Eagles’ record at 4-4. Meghan McDermott notched 13 kills for Los Altos and Michelle Albright added eight.

Girls golf

St. Francis dropped to 0-3 with a 203-209 loss to St. Ignatius Sept. 12 at Shoreline Golf Links. Valerie Wang earned medalist honors by shooting a nine-hole score of 37 for the host Lancers.

Girls tennis

Los Altos claimed the Division 3 championship at the California High School Tennis Classic, held Sept. 7-8 in Fresno.

Host Mountain View edged Gunn 4-3 Sept. 12 behind wins from Vivian Li (No. 1 singles), Polina Gorshenina (No. 2), Sheila Ahi (No. 3) and Megan Joseph-Kaye Yap (No. 1 doubles).

Girls water polo

Mountain View fell 8-6 to Monta Vista Thursday, despite three goals from Emma Frerichs.

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