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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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LA lacrosse team rolling toward playoffs


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Los Altos High’s AJ Guralas, left, has totaled 17 goals in the past three games.

All those goals the Los Altos High boys lacrosse team has scored lately – 53 over the past four games – haven’t gone to waste. The Eagles won every game and find themselves on the verge of making the league playoffs.

“We have been on a roll,” coach Greg Mengis said.

The latest victory – 14-11 over Woodside April 23 – guaranteed Los Altos its third consecutive winning season and put the team in prime position to secure one of the two playoff berths granted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

“This win puts us in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot,” Mengis said, “as we control our own destiny with two league games remaining.”

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Carlmont Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) in what the coach called a “giant contest” and close the regular season 4 p.m. today at home against Saratoga.

In the win over Woodside, “AJ Guralas dominated with a monster game,” Mengis said. The sophomore tallied eight goals and three assists. Bailey Thayer and Cam Putnam chipped in two goals each.

Boys tennis

Dominating doubles, Los Altos clipped Cupertino 4-3 April 22 to end the regular season.

The Eagles swept the doubles – with Braden Holt and Christian Beck cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the top spot – and received their other win from No. 3 singles player Ovi Fritsch.

Visiting Los Altos improved to 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division, good enough for second place.

Two days later, Eagles Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides combined forces to win the league’s doubles championship for the second straight year. The win qualifies the seniors for the CCS individual tournament.

The same day at the West Bay Athletic League individual tourney, Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens claimed the singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Crystal Springs Uplands’ Connor Soohoo.

Baseball

St. Francis scorched St. Ignatius 12-1 April 23. The visiting Lancers boosted their record to 10-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 23-1 overall.

Winning pitcher John Gavin improved to 9-0. Kort Peterson went 2-for-3, belting a home run and a double. He drove in three runs and scored three times.

Snapping a three-game losing streak, Los Altos edged host Gunn 2-1 April 24. James Oleson pitched a complete game for the Eagles, surrendering seven hits and setting down the Titans in order in the seventh inning.

Patrick McColl scored both runs for Los Altos (6-7 De Anza Division, 11-12 overall). Max Wilbur added a double.

Behind Josh Rose’s one-hitter, Pinewood beat Crystal Springs Uplands 5-0 April 23. Rose struck out five batters and walked four. He also scored a run.

Ryan Knotts contributed three hits and two runs for the visiting Panthers, while Oscar Fick produced two hits and two RBIs.

Pinewood went to 2-3 in the WBAL and 7-6 overall.

Softball

Led by Lizzy Beutter, visiting Los Altos topped Los Gatos 6-1 Thursday in De Anza Division play. Beutter pitched a three-hitter to earn the win and collected two hits.

The Eagles improved to 7-2 in league, 15-7-2 overall.

Boys volleyball

Mountain View rebounded from its first loss of the season – St. Francis swept the Spartans April 22 – by beating Los Gatos in four games. Kurt Dentinger notched 10 kills and four blocks for Mountain View in the April 24 road win.

The Spartans improved to 9-0 in the De Anza Division and 23-1 overall.

St. Francis followed the win over Mountain View with a sweep of Serra in WCAL action April 23. Steven Dinneen posted 11 kills for the visiting Lancers (9-3 league, 21-8 overall).

Golf

Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan shared medalist honors in leading Menlo to a 198-201 victory over Sacred Heart Prep April 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf Club.

Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights, who completed an undefeated WBAL season.

Swimming & diving

Los Altos’ Austin Campitelli finished second in girls diving April 24 in a tri-meet against Monta Vista and Saratoga. She earned a score of 205.95. Teammate Lindsay Emrick placed seventh (164.5).

On the boys side, Eagles Miles Contreras (165.1) and Jacob Behar (90.45) took second and third, respectively.

The St. Francis girls routed Notre Dame-Belmont 144-34 Thursday, while the Lancer boys swam past Serra 119-66.

Courtney Batcheller and Florina Yang led the girls – winning individual and relay events – and Benjamin Ho paced the boys with victories in all four races in which he competed.

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