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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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Meteoric rise for NOVA


Courtesy of Hung Le
NOVA’s 10U C team qualified for the recent Western Regional Championships in San Diego after claiming the NorCal Tournament crown. The squad placed fifth in the regional. Front, from left: Logan Winn, Amanda Le, Karla Hernandez Cid, Kiana Castro, Jocelyn Lee and Serena Thompson. Middle: Coach Hubie Chou, Quincy Penners, Cassie Chou, Sophia Trujillo, Nadia Schmid, Katelyn Albrecht, Haley Gustavsen and coach Maria Cid. Back: Coach Alfredo Hernandez, coach Billy Gustavsen and manager Linda Trujillo.

Teams playing in Mountain View-Los Altos Girls Softball’s summer travel program, Nova, recently capped a successful summer.

Four of the six Nova teams captured a championship this summer: the 8U and 12U B teams won their respective divisions at the ASA Bat Buster Tournament in Brentwood; the 10U C team claimed the NorCal Tournament championship in Sunnyvale; and the 10U B team took home top honors at the Incline Village Tournament in Lake Tahoe.

Nova squads placed in the top five at several tournaments: the 8U team took second at the Zebra Classic in San Jose; the 10U B team secured second at the ASA Bat Buster and third at NorCal; the 12U B team finished second at the Bagby Classic in San Jose and tied for fifth at NorCal; and the 14U C team took second at NorCal.

Due to their success at NorCal, the 10U C and 14U C teams qualified for the Western Regional Championships in San Diego, and the 10U B and the 12U B squads advanced to the ASA Western National Championships in Arizona. The 10U C team finished fifth out of 19 participants at the regional.

For more information on Nova, visit mvlags.org.

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