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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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All A’s


Photo By: Courtesy of Keith Higgins
Photo Courtesy Of Keith Higgins

The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League A’s capped a perfect season by winning the Minors AA Division championship Thursday at Purissima Park. Front row, from left Johnny Colet, Sameer Singh, Corey Wang, Cameron Wang, Andy Higgins, Cole Cox, Lance Kluge, Matt Poppitz, Nasir Naqvi, Rohan Agarwal and Matthew Kumpf. Back Coaches An-Ti Wang, Tom Poppitz, Keith Higgins (head coach) and Jeff Cox. Not pictured Player Cedric Chan.

These A’s truly were amazing.

The Athletics of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League completed a perfect season Thursday with a one-run win over the Cubs in the finals of the Minors AA Division tournament.

“Our kids had a season I think many will remember for the rest of their lives,” head coach Keith Higgins said. “We worked very hard, we had a lot of fun, we got a lot better and we had a very successful and rewarding season.”

The A’s finished 23-0, which may make them the first Minors AA squad (ages 8-10) in league history to go undefeated.

“We don’t know for sure – they don’t track every season – but to the best of one of the commissioner’s recall, it’s never happened before,” said Tom Poppitz, A’s assistant coach. “But the 23-0 can’t be disputed – that’s locked in.”

The last five wins came in the 10-team league tournament at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills. The A’s routed the Red Sox 18-3 in their May 30 opener, edged the Giants 8-6 two days later and crushed the Cardinals 13-2 June 7 to reach the championship round.

Facing a team that was also 3-0 in the double-elimination tourney, the A’s needed to beat the Cubs twice to claim the crown. The A’s clipped the Cubs 16-14 June 8 and eked out a 7-6 win Thursday.

“The Cubs are a very good team and very well coached,” Higgins said, “and we had to play our absolute best in the final game.”

The A’s jumped to an early lead in the title-clinching contest. They scored three runs – all during a two-out rally – in the first inning and two in the second. After three innings of what Higgins described as “stingy defense,” the A’s allowed two runs in the fourth that made it a 5-2 game.

But the defense flourished in the fifth, as A’s shortstop Andy Higgins made “two heroic outs,” Poppitz said, to keep the Cubs from getting closer.

The A’s added two runs in the bottom of the fifth frame for a 7-2 advantage.

But that almost wasn’t enough. The Cubs refused to surrender, scoring four times in the sixth. They had two men on base – with the tying run on third – when the final out of the game was made.

“For anyone who watched, it was one of the most exciting, well-played AA games this year,” said coach Higgins, who attributed the quick contest (approximately 65 minutes) to “the great defenses of both teams.”

While proud of the perfect season, coaches Higgins and Poppitz were just as pleased with the manner in which their A’s went about it.

“It was a thrill to watch our boys develop so much as skillful players, as selfless dedicated teammates and as individuals that won gracefully,” said Poppitz, who worked alongside assistant coaches An-Ti Wang and Jeff Cox. “I couldn’t possibly be more proud of them.”

Added Higgins, “Our kids showed great sportsmanship during the season and battled hard in several games down the stretch that were very close.”

Team members included Rohan Agarwal, Cedric Chan, Johnny Colet, Cole Cox, Andy Higgins, Lance Kluge, Matthew Kumpf, Nasir Naqvi, Matt Poppitz, Sameer Singh, Cameron Wang and Corey Wang.

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