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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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Eagles & Spartans earn split

The schedule took some of the luster off Thursday’s track and field meet between high school rivals Mountain View and Los Altos – several standouts saved themselves for Friday’s Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet – but not all of it.

Los Altos’ last home meet of the season – and Mountain View’s regular-season finale – featured stellar showings by a slew of competitors, a few of whom set personal records.

“It was a good meet with many good performances and friendly crosstown rivalries,” Spartans coach Lance Thayer said.

The schools split the De Anza Division meet: the Los Altos boys prevailed 81-42; the Mountain View girls triumphed 78-43.

The Los Altos boys’ 4x100-meter relay “ran extremely fast,” co-head coach Dave Barth said, beating Mountain View by more than two seconds. The foursome – Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Willem Van Eck – ran a personal-best time of 43.95.

“I am very proud of these boys,” Barth said. “They are all juniors and seniors who have been hard at work since freshman year.”

Three of these sprinters shined in the 100 dash as well. Tien placed first (11.59) and Polen and Van Eck tied for second (11.60).

Not to be outdone, the Los Altos girls’ 4x100 relay also ran its fastest time of the year. The team of Sarah Wobber, Amanda Mell, Kalie Oku and Romy Aboudarham ran a 51.17 to finish a close second to Mountain View (50.90).

Wobber then competed in the triple jump – “an event she never really does,” Barth said – and won by springing 32 feet, 11 inches.

The Los Altos girls’ four other wins came from Amanda Mell in the 200 dash (28.97) and long jump (15-7), Taylor Peterson in the 400 run (1:07.45) and Alexandria Bahl in the discus (87-10).

The Mountain View girls claimed 10 events, two courtesy of Kolisa Nhlapo. The junior won the 100 hurdles (17.87) and 300 hurdles (49.57).The Spartans also received wins from Krysta Korpontinos in the 100 dash (13.44), Amy Lynch in the 800 run (2:32.59), Carina Gwennap in the 1,600 run (5:41.08), Maya Weigel in the 3,200 run (12:12.14), Sydney Magana in the shot put (26-2), Sara Winick in the high jump (4-6) and the 4x400 relay team (4:46.79).

The Mountain View boys managed four wins: David Williams in the 300 hurdles (44.57), Zheng Teng in the 800 run (2:10.10), Eric Theil in the shot put (40-5) and the 4x400 relay (3:48.24).

The Yeager brothers – senior Danny and sophomore Brian – played major roles in the Eagles’ victory. Danny (15.93) and Brian (16.33) finished one-two in the 110 hurdles, Danny claimed the high jump (6-3), Brian won the triple jump (43-2) and his brother took third (41-4) in the event.

Los Altos’ other winners included Jerry Liu in the long jump (20-3.75), Dane Tippett in the 1,600 run (4:38.60), Arthur Bogdanovich in the 400 run (52.38), Andreas Godderis in the 3,200 run (10:23.54), Van Eck in the 200 dash (23.34) and Sami Fakalolo in the discus (133-08).

Friday at the Top 8 Meet in San Jose, Brian Yeager won the frosh-soph boys high jump (personal-record 6-2) and 65 hurdles, and placed second in the long jump.

In their best times of the season, Los Altos’ varsity boys and girls 4x400 relay teams placed third and 11th, respectively.

For more photos of the Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School Track and Field teams, click here.

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