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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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Brushback caps stellar season, moves on to the next one


Courtesy of Kris Mims
Brushback Baseball Club’s 12-and-under team recently capped a 56-24 season. Front row, from left: Cole Baker, Nate Geiger, Zach Espiritu, Phillip Carey and Jared Norris. Back: Assistant coach Jojo Perez, Ethan Jean, Justin Nam, Derrick Turner, Johnson Ku, Stephen Johnson, Ryan Swearingen and head coach Kris Mims.

Playing a game known for numbers, Brushback Baseball’s 12-and-under team posted plenty of impressive stats.

The local travel team recently capped a 56-24 season that included six tournament titles, three second-place finishes and the sixth spot at a prestigious tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. Brushback ranked second in points among USSSA Majors teams from Northern California.

“The kids worked hard and it showed,” head coach Kris Mims said.

Brushback notched 10 shutouts and was blanked only twice all season. The team won 23 games on the 10-run mercy rule and averaged 7.44 runs per game.

Brushback got off to a so-so start, returning from an October trip to Las Vegas with a 12-12 record. Several rainouts followed, according to Mims, and the team didn’t play again until early January.

The team “took off” from there, the coach said, winning 44 of its final 56 games. Brushback went 5-1 in its bracket at Cooperstown – losing to the eventual champ – before splitting its last two games in the single-elimination playoffs. The squad belted 13 home runs in the tourney, five of them from Derrick Turner.

Turner topped the team in homers (nine) and RBIs (74) this season. Johnson Ku led Brushback in hits (86), runs (82), doubles (11) and stolen bases (56). Justin Nam pitched a team-high 61 innings, racking up the most wins (eight) and strikeouts (74) and the lowest ERA (2.93). Nate Geiger finished with the best fielding percentage (.983).

“Overall it was a great 12U season for Brushback Baseball,” Mims said. “Let’s hope that in 2013-2014 we will continue to build on that success.”

The team began its 13U season last week.

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