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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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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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