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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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A dream realized


Photo By: Courtesy of Victoria Hayward
Photo Courtesy Of Victoria Hayward

Mountain View High graduate Victoria Hayward batted .372 this season for the University of Washington softball team.

Victoria Hayward first watched the Women’s College World Series on TV nearly a decade ago and hasn’t missed one since.

This year, the Mountain View High graduate did more than watch – she was part of the action.

Hayward helped the University of Washington softball team advance to the eight-team tournament in Oklahoma City, where the NCAA Division I champion is crowned each June.

The Huskies didn’t take home the title, tying for third, but Hayward cherishes the experience.

“It was honestly a dream come true to play at the World Series,” the starting right fielder said. “Every year since I was 13 or so, I have watched the tournament on television dreaming of (one day) playing college softball.”

Hayward experienced a pinch-me moment just before Washington played its first game of the weeklong series.

“Once we were finally there, it didn’t hit me that it was actually the World Series until they announced my name at the beginning of the Nebraska game in front of almost 10,000 people,” she said.

Washington won the May 30 opener – 4-3 in extra innings – and Hayward came up with one of the biggest hits of the game. The junior drilled a one-out triple in the seventh and eventually scored the tying run.

Hayward called that “the highlight of the tournament for me.”

The Huskies prevailed an inning later on Kim Souza’s walk-off homer.

Washington dropped its next game, 1-0 to Tennessee June 1, but bounced back the next day with a 4-1 win over Michigan in which Hayward notched a hit and scored a run. The Huskies’ season ended that night, however, as eventual champ Oklahoma eliminated them from the series in a 6-2 decision.

With the core of the team returning next year, Hayward is hopeful Washington will get another crack at the title in 2014.

“We want to be back in Oklahoma City competing for a national championship and vying for a Pac-12 championship as well,” she said. “We can’t wait to get back together and start our next – and my last – road to Oklahoma City and a national championship.”

The Huskies posted a 45-17 record this year and ranked fourth nationally. Hayward played a major role in the team’s success. She batted .372 with six doubles, six triples, five home runs, 21 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Hayward’s batting average ranked 139th among NCAA Division I players and her six triples ranked 12th.

“As the leadoff hitter throughout the season, I set the tone for our offense at the top of the lineup,” she said. “I was very pleased with my performance this year, although we didn’t end up with the trophy we’ve dreamed of.”

Hayward’s efforts did not go unnoticed. She was named First Team All-Pacific Region and to the All-Pac-12 First Team.

Born in Toronto, Hayward will play for the Canadian National Team this summer.

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