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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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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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Rosenberg takes coaching job at Linfield College


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After 11 years as men’s basketball coach at Foothill College, Shanan Rosenberg is leaving for Linfield. That’s Linfield College, a private liberal arts school in McMinnville, Ore., with approximately 1,900 students.

“It’s one of the few places I’d consider leaving Foothill for,” said Rosenberg, hired April 19 to succeed longtime coach Larry Doty at the NCAA Division III college. “It has beautiful facilities and amenities. Almost 40 percent of the students are athletes, and they value athletics and a quality education, and there’s a lot of alumni support.”

Rosenberg added that he was already familiar with Linfield – he spent three years as an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark College in nearby Portland before coming to Foothill – and that McMinnville (population of 32,187 in the last census) is an ideal place for him and his family to live.

“It’s a great move for me professionally and for my family,” said the teacher and coach, who is married with three young children. “It’s a terrific fit.”

But if the move doesn’t work out, Rosenberg has the option to return to Foothill for the 2014-15 school year. He requested and received a one-year leave of absence from Foothill, according to athletic director Susan Gutkind.

Rosenberg downplayed the option, however. He made it clear that he intends to coach at Linfield for the long haul, calling it “a dream job.”

Rosenberg was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants, according to a Linfield press release, and will oversee the varsity and junior-varsity teams, as well as teach health and kinesiology classes.

“I believe Shanan is a great fit for Linfield,” athletic director Scott Carnahan said. “He has all the attributes we were looking for and has achieved great success in every coaching opportunity he has had.”

Foothill compiled a 186-131 record under Rosenberg, who guided the Owls to the playoffs eight times. His most recent team went 22-5 in the regular season – the best mark in program history – and ranked as high as third in the state.

While the wins were nice, Rosenberg is most proud of how many of his players transferred to four-year schools – all but one, who entered the military, he said – and the bonds they formed.

“The feeling in the locker room at the end of every season is impactful and lasting,” he said. “There’s growth, love and brotherhood.”

Although Rosenberg is excited about starting his new job – he teaches classes at the Los Altos Hills community college through June – the St. Francis High graduate said he will look back fondly on his days at Foothill.

“I’ll miss a lot of things,” he said, “but what I’ll miss most are the relationships, especially with the players.”

Gutkind acknowledged that Rosenberg will be missed as well.

“Shanan’s leadership has provided Foothill with a men’s basketball program that does an outstanding job of preparing young men for whatever their futures might bring,” she said. “He emphasizes academic commitment and personal responsibility and the team regularly does a great job in the classroom. He’s been an excellent teacher of the game as well, so his teams have regularly achieved strong results because of his efforts.”

Gutkind – who added that the Linfield position “is a great opportunity” for Rosenberg and wished him success – must now find his successor. Whoever takes the job will have the title of “acting coach,” according to Gutkind, since Rosenberg has not resigned.

“We are evaluating our options for the coming season and hope to have a decision soon,” she said.

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