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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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Eagles expect to compete for league crown


Town Crier file photo
Meghan McDermott is one of four seniors on the Los Altos High volleyball team.

Graduation has gutted several volleyball teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division, putting the league title “really up for grabs,” according to Los Altos High coach Peter Kim.

So can the Eagles – with five returning starters – grab it?

“I’m hoping,” Kim said. “We have a lot of experience and talent. It’s one of our goals – we’d definitely like to be in the mix.”

Los Altos returns nine players in all, many of whom contributed to last season’s playoff team, which finished fourth in the league and 22-15 overall.

Returnees include senior setter Hanna Koehler and junior outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, who earned first-team all-league honors a year ago, and senior libero Katie Tritschler, a second-team selection. Seniors Meghan McDermott (outside hitter) and Michelle Albright (right-side hitter), along with juniors Jenna Hoover (middle blocker) and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh (setter), are also back after playing significant roles last season.

The Eagles have added just five players to the roster, including talented transfer Megan Wilhelm from powerhouse-program Mitty.

“She’s in the race for playing time,” Kim said of the 5-foot-9 sophomore, who plays right-side and outside hitter. “But that’s going to be hard to get for some of the nonstarters.”

As new starters go, Los Altos has one for sure – 5-10 junior Kristen Liu, who Kim said will play alongside the 6-1 Hoover in the middle. Christiansen-Salameh may join the starting lineup as well, teaming with Koehler at setter if Los Altos opts for a 6-2 offense.

“I’m leaning toward it,” the coach said of running a two-setter system. “It frees up three hitters consistently in the front row and gives Hanna more of a chance to pass and hit.”

Koehler and McDermott have been named co-captains of the team.

“Hanna is the perfect captain – she’s always upbeat, has a great attitude and is a good athlete,” Kim said. “We’re also going to lean on Meghan’s leadership. She’s super competitive and super consistent.”

Tritschler – whose sophomore sister Sarah is on the team as well – “is one of the better liberos in our league,” the coach said. “She gets a lot of balls, reads offenses well and is competitive.”

Kim also had high praise for outside hitter Annevelink, the team’s tallest player at 6-2.

“She’s our best hitter,” he said. “I expect big things from her this year. She should be one of the strongest players in the league.”

On the right side, 6-footer Albright “has gotten a lot better over the years,” Kim said, and “her blocking is really important” to the team’s success.

The coach expects two other players to bring the blocks as well. Middle blockers Hoover and Liu “will be super important to what we do,” Kim said.

This weekend the Eagles get a chance to show what they can do. They open the season at Spikefest I, an all-day tournament scheduled to begin 8 a.m. Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.

“I’m very fired up to get this season started,” Kim said. “We want to start off running and build as much momentum as possible.”

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