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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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Spartans shut out in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High tight end Frank Kapp is tackled after catching a pass during a 45-0 loss to Burlingame Friday.

An 87-yard touchdown by Burlingame’s Robbie Baumgarten on the game’s opening kickoff proved ominous for Mountain View in a 45-0 loss to open the season Friday.

The opening score was part of a 31-point first-half outburst for the Panthers (1-0 overall), who gained 156 yards rushing and another 108 yards through the air against the Spartans (0-1 overall). Mountain View, meanwhile, managed 193 yards of total offense – including 155 yards rushing – but committed three turnovers in the loss.

Spartans head coach Shelley Smith conceded that his team was a work in progress.

“This is a building process, and I thought we’d get off to a better start than what we did,” Smith said following his first game at the helm of the Spartans football program. “Now we have to kind of lick our wounds and start over. We’ll use it as a learning experience. We have to – it’s the only way we’re going to get better.”

Burlingame struck early and often in the first quarter. On Mountain View’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Anthony Avery turned the ball over on a botched halfback pitch, resulting in a 34-yard field goal by Seamus Gill with 9:42 to go and a 10-0 Panther lead. Five minutes later, Burlingame struck again with an eight-play, 52-yard drive that ended an 11-yard touchdown run from Griffin Intrieri for a 17-0 lead.

Mountain View’s offense sputtered early, advancing no farther than Burlingame’s 32 in the first half. The Spartans saw a promising drive fall short early in the fourth quarter, driving 60 yards on 11 plays before Nico Mayoral dropped Jorge Hernandez’s halfback pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

Still, Smith credited Avery – a converted wide receiver – for his play under center. The senior quarterback finished the game just 7-of-17 passing for 38 yards and an interception, but led the team with 55 yards rushing.

“For his first varsity game, I have to say, he did well,” Smith said of Avery. “He’s going to learn as he goes, but he’s committed to trying to get the job done.”

The Panthers added two more touchdowns in the second quarter – getting a 3-yard touchdown run from Intrieri with 10:32 left, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Avery Gindraux to Steven Cosenza at 4:41.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns in less than a minute, getting an 8-yard touchdown pass at 8:33 from Gindraux to Cosenza and a 20-yard touchdown run at 7:49 by Gill – who also converted all point-after attempts for the Panthers. Gill’s touchdown came after a fumbled kickoff return by the Spartans.

Los Altos earns lopsided win in opener

Los Altos scored 41 points in the first quarter of a 61-0 final over Burton Saturday, giving Trevor Pruitt his first win as head coach of the Eagles football program.

Senior Victor Ruiz scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams – hauling in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Lambie Lanman before scoring on an interception and returning a punt for a third score.

Lanman finished the game 3-of-5 passing for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on three carries – including a 79-yard scamper. Running back Patrick Vargas also scored twice in the season-opening win.

Lancers blank Oak Grove

The St. Francis football team scored four touchdowns in the first half en route to a season-opening 28-0 road win Friday at Oak Grove.

In his first game as the Lancers’ sixth head coach since 1958, Greg Calcagno saw his team’s offense combine for 222 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the win. Cameron Meszaros led the team with 76 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Alex Andrighetto combined for 60 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Cole Cassidy added 46 yards on 10 carries as well.

Linebacker John Powers led the Lancers on defense with three of the team’s six sacks in the win over the Eagles.


2013 Football: Mountain View High School v. Burlingame - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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