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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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Panthers defend title with defense


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Pinewood’s Roshan Bal lays up a shot against Alma Heights in the CCS Division V final.

With pressure defense, the Pinewood School boys basketball team overwhelmed Alma Heights Christian 57-23 Friday night to win its third consecutive Central Coast Section Division V title.

The suffocating full-court press helped the second-seeded Panthers (13-11) hold the top-seeded Eagles (26-4) scoreless in the third quarter and to just seven points in the second half.

Guard Greg Naumann paced Pinewood with 10 points, one of 11 Panthers to score.

“It’s a testament to the dedication and all the hard work the players put in right from the beginning of the season,” said Mani Messy, in his first year as head coach. “To get to this point and be playing this well, it’s just – the team did it and they did a wonderful job.”

Messy added that his team’s defensive effort helped awaken an offense that shot just 35.8 percent from the floor in the first half.

“That’s our ammo,” he said. “We believe that when we play good team defense, we can compete with anybody. That’s what got us to this point.”

Eagles coach Mark Bermudez, who defeated the Panthers 54-53 during preseason play in December, said his team’s 28 turnovers proved costly.

“We knew they were going to come and give us pressure,” Bermudez said. “We planned for it, but my guys just, you know, it’s the big stage and they weren’t quite ready for it. The turnovers are what really hurt us tonight.”

Leading 29-16 at halftime, the Panthers pushed their defense into overdrive to open the second half. The Eagles missed all nine of their shots in the third quarter and committed 10 turnovers.

Pinewood’s offense, meanwhile, continued to pad its 13-point halftime lead with a 10-0 scoring run in the first three minutes of the third.

Sophomore guard Ryan Brice kick-started the offense, draining a 3-pointer with 6:57 to go, followed by a layup 22 seconds later for five of his nine points in the game. Senior Lewis Owen added a jumper at 5:32, while Naumann completed a 3-point play at 4:57 after getting fouled on a layup and sinking the free throw.

“We just saw things opening up,” Brice said. “We started driving and kicking (out), playing team ball and hitting the open shots.”

The Panthers continued their pace in the fourth, outscoring the Eagles 16-7 while shooting 7-of-16 from the floor. Roshan Bal led the Panthers with four points in the quarter. The Eagles ended their scoreless drought with 6:02 left in the game when guard Gabe Bautista drew a foul and sank one of two free throws.

Leading comfortably at 50-21 in the fourth, the Panthers finished the game on a 7-2 run, limiting the Eagles to just one layup in the game’s final 4:40.

With the CCS tournament behind them, Messy said his Panthers will now turn their sights to the Northern California playoffs. Pinewood is scheduled to open NorCal against visiting Head-Royce (24-5) of Oakland 7 p.m. today.

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