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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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Youth soccer player from Los Altos Hills earns chance to train in Spain for a year


Courtesy of Jackie Pynadath
Joshua Pynadath and his family plan to move to Spain next month so the 11-year-old can play on the Real Madrid’s Alevin A academy team for at least one year.

Joshua Pynadath’s recent trip to Spain wasn’t in vain. The Los Altos Hills resident performed so well in his second trial with Real Madrid that he was asked to join the famed soccer club’s academy program in the fall.

The 11-year-old and his family will move to Madrid at the end of August “to make Joshua’s dream happen,” his mother Jackie Pynadath said.

Thrilled to have the opportunity to turn that dream into a reality, Joshua intends to make the most of his yearlong commitment to Real Madrid’s Alevin A team.

“I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid,” he said. “They told me that I was the first American that they have ever accepted into their academy. I told them that I would set a good example.”

Joshua added that he’s been a fan of Real Madrid’s pro team since he took up soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo – the club’s superstar striker – is his all-time favorite player and someone he tries to imitate, according to Jackie.

Like Ronaldo, Joshua is known for his footwork. A highlight video of Joshua playing for the De Anza Force Soccer Club – which shows off his acute ability to dribble, pass and score – is what first drew Real Madrid’s interest a year ago. Club officials were so impressed with what they saw in the video, submitted by De Anza Force technical director Jeff Baicher, that they invited Joshua to train with the club during Thanksgiving week.

He played well enough to be invited back to Spain in the spring for an extended trial with Real Madrid and for an initial tryout with FC Barcelona, another world-renowned soccer club.

“I was really excited to get the news that Real Madrid was inviting me back for another trial. That meant there could be a real chance for me to make the actual Real Madrid academy team. The second trials are usually when they make the decision on if a player is good enough to join their team,” Joshua said. “I received another surprise when I found out that Barcelona was interested in taking a look at me as well.”

Joshua started his 17-day journey in Barcelona, where he admitted to being “a little bit nervous, since I don’t speak the language. But once the soccer started, I was fine.”

Joshua’s confidence seemed to grow with each session.

“I enjoyed my time at Barcelona,” he said, “and was happy to hear the coaches tell me that I was a very good player and that I improved every day of the trial.”

By the time he reached Madrid, Joshua felt right at home.

“The Real Madrid academy team and coaches seemed very excited to have me back,” he said. “It was like I had never left.”

He added that the second trial was even more intense than his first tryout with Real Madrid. Seeing action at striker, wing and halfback, Joshua trained with the academy team and scrimmaged with talented players from throughout Europe also vying for a berth on the squad.

“Both trials were very serious, as kids are fighting to either keep a spot or to earn a spot,” said Joshua, who just completed the fifth grade at St. Nicholas School. “It was a very good feeling to be able to play well against this top competition since the level and speed of play over there is amazing.”

Joshua’s stint included playing in a regulation match – and he didn’t disappoint.

“My biggest highlight of the trip was scoring a goal in a Real Madrid uniform in their match against another team,” he said. “That was a dream come true, and the team was so happy for me. I think they were even more excited than I was.”

Joshua hopes to score several more goals for Real Madrid in the next year.

“I can’t wait to get started over there,” he said. “They already have an amazing team that went 25-1 in their league, so I know that playing with them every day is going to make me that much better.”

Joshua and younger brother Jason – who will play on Real Madrid’s satellite team for his age group – will attend the American School of Madrid, according to Jackie. She expects the family to stay in Spain until at least next summer.

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