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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Mountain View High graduate Fisher nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year


Matt Mitgang/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View native Marilee Fisher leaves Washington University in St. Louis with the fourth-most assists in school history.

Four years after walking onto the women’s volleyball team, Marilee Fisher is walking away from Washington University in St. Louis with a diploma, a national championship and a nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year.

“It turned out better than I could have ever dreamed,” the Mountain View High graduate said of her college career.

Fisher added that “Never in a million years” would she have expected so much success. She arrived at Washington – a private school with approximately 7,300 students that boasts one of the top NCAA Division III volleyball programs in the nation – as a walk-on slated to be the third-string setter

The team’s senior starter suffered an injury prior to training camp that summer, however, leaving Fisher to compete with a returnee for the role of No. 1 setter. Fisher not only won the job, she played an integral role in the Bears’ run to the 2009 national championship. The 5-foot-8 freshman led the nation in assists per set (11.40) and was named second team All-American and NCAA Central Region Most Outstanding Player.

Fisher ranked that sensational season as one of the two highlights of her college career.

“The other was being able to work and play alongside such dedicated, passionate and hardworking teammates for the past four years,” she said. “I have made lifelong friends in them and feel very lucky to be their teammate.”

Washington didn’t nab another national title during Fisher’s time on the team, but the Bears exceeded 30 wins in each of the past three seasons. They went as far as the NCAA regionals last fall, losing to Elmhurst College in the final.

“Although we did not end up doing as well as we could have, my senior season was a great way to spend my last year of competitive volleyball – alongside great teammates,” Fisher said. “Although I received personal recognition, I would have given all of it up for our ultimate team goal – winning the national championship.”

The Mountain View native earned first team All-America honors her senior, junior and sophomore seasons. Fisher is one of only four players in Washington history to start at setter all four years, according to head coach Rich Luenemann. She totaled 4,475 assists in her career, which ranks fourth on the school’s all-time list.

“Marilee is an extraordinary setter and an even finer young woman,” Luenemann said. “She is very coachable and trained diligently to enhance her setting from both a skills and a leadership perspective.”

Those characteristics factored into Fisher’s latest honor – an NCAA Woman of the Year nomination. The list of 455 contenders across all NCAA divisions was revealed in June.

Although Fisher wasn’t among the 140 conference honorees announced Thursday who remain in contention for the award, she appreciated being nominated. Fisher said she was “surprised, excited and humbled all at once” when Washington’s sports information director called to tell her that college officials had chosen her for consideration. NCAA schools can submit the names of no more than two graduating student-athletes to their conferences for nomination.

“I did not expect to be chosen in the conference round,” Fisher said. “The University Athletic Association is revered for its academic excellence and is a Division III powerhouse in athletics. I felt incredibly humbled to have been chosen to represent such a distinguished and well-respected conference.”

Fisher surmised that her “determination, hard work and dedication to things I am passionate about led to my nomination.”

While her volleyball career at St. Louis is over, Fisher isn’t through with the sport – or the school.

After graduating in the spring with a degree in chemistry (and a 3.59 GPA), Fisher said she is returning to St. Louis next month to take a year of classes in preparation for the Graduate Record Exam. She plans to apply to graduate schools for pharmacology.

When Fisher is not studying, expect to see her setting.

“Absolutely yes!” Fisher said when asked if she plans to continue playing volleyball. “I jumped on that as soon as I could – I joined a club team in St. Louis and traveled to Louisville, Ky., to play in club nationals back in May. I look forward to playing more indoor volleyball as well as grass and sand volleyball.”

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