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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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CIF survey says participation in prep sports is at all-time high

High school sports participation in California is at an all-time high, according to the results of a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) survey released last month.

The survey shows 758,474 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs, an increase of 0.08 percent compared to last year’s survey.

“It’s no surprise that education-based athletics continues to see increased participation,” said Roger L. Blake, executive director of the CIF, which governs the state’s high school sports. “All the experiences gained from being part of a high school team help produce well-rounded individuals in our communities. At its best, athletic competition can hold intrinsic values for our society.”

Along with the overall participation increase in high school athletics, three sports saw noticeable increases across both genders. The biggest increase came in water polo – a combined 2.8 percent, or 862 more participants (1.2 percent, or 179 increase for girls; 1.9 percent, or 683 increase for boys), followed by cross-country with a 1.9 percent increase, or 1,057 more participants (2.5 percent, or 604 increase for girls; 4.3 percent, or 683 increase for boys). Participation in track and field increased by 1.4 percent, or 1,375 student-athletes (1.0 percent, or 473 increase for girls; 1.6 percent, or 902 increase for boys).

Football continues to lead the boys’ sports with 102,505 participants, followed by track (55,221) and soccer (47,861), which increased participation by 0.2 percent since 2012. Basketball (43,776) and baseball (43,253) round out the top-five sports for boys.

For girls, track continues to reign as the top sport with 44,200 participants. Soccer remains a close second (43,282), followed by volleyball (40,271), basketball (33,411) – which saw a 4.9 percent dip in participation over the past year – and softball (32,097).

The CIF’s 1,527 member schools participated in the survey as part of a National Federation of State High School Associations nationwide survey.

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