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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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Los Altos edges Overfelt in football; Mtn. View volleyball falls to Westmont


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Elyse Fitzsimons notched eight kills for Mountain View in a loss at Westmont.

Running back Sean Lanoza’s fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the game-winner for the Los Altos High football team, which edged host Overfelt 17-10 Friday night.

Lanoza rushed for 66 yards in the nonleague game, 10 of which came on the TD run.

The Eagles (2-0) overcame three turnovers, two missed field goals and the absence of quarterback Lambie Lanman.

With Lanman out for what coach Trevor Pruitt described as “family reasons,” receiver Patrick McColl moved from receiver to quarterback. McColl – who tossed a first-quarter touchdown pass to Victor Ruiz – “led our team to a great victory,” Pruitt said.

The Eagles are scheduled to play their homecoming game 7:30 p.m. Friday against rival Mountain View at Foothill College.

After two games, Mountain View still seeks its first points of the season. The Spartans fell 48-0 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday; they lost 45-0 to Burlingame the previous week.

Mountain View trailed 14-0 after one quarter of Saturday’s game and 34-0 at halftime.

“Defense played well for the first quarter, (but) injuries caused some issues with depth,” Spartans coach Shelley Smith said. “(We) really did not execute very well after the first quarter on both sides of the ball.”

Mountain View committed five turnovers in total – three interceptions and two fumbles.

Pinewood kicked off its season of eight-man football with a 40-6 rout of Stuart Hall.

Girls volleyball

Mountain View dropped to 1-5 with a four-game loss at Westmont Thursday.

Elyse Fitzsimons tallied eight kills and five blocks for the Spartans; Rosa Lutz and Moira Huang added five kills each.

Los Altos split a pair of road games last week to go to 5-2. The Eagles beat Westmont in four games Sept. 10 and lost to Burlingame in four Friday.

Carmen Annevelink led Los Altos in kills both days, tallying 28 against Westmont and 16 versus Burlingame.

After sweeping Aptos to start last week, St. Francis dropped four-game matches to Bishop O’Dowd and Menlo to fall to 5-3. Taylor Poncetta notched 12 kills in the Sept. 9 win over Aptos.

Girls water polo

Mountain View went 2-1 at last weekend’s Lincoln Tournament. The Spartans bounced back from a 10-2 opening-round loss to Pioneer by beating Santa Teresa 13-6 and Silver Creek 12-3.

In the final game, freshman Kate Atherton scored five goals on seven shots.

“(That) forced Silver Creek to double-team her, which opened things up for the rest of the team,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose Spartans improved to 4-2.

The St. Francis Invitational went to the home team. The Lancers knocked off league foe Sacred Heart Prep 9-4 Saturday in the title game of the tournament.

St. Francis beat Burlingame, Mitty and Clovis West to reach the final. Senior Courtney Batcheller scored seven goals in the 12-4 semifinal win over Clovis.

Boys water polo

Host Menlo defeated St. Francis 10-5 Friday in nonleague action. Shawn Welch scored twice for the Lancers (0-1).

Girls golf

Paced by medalist Nancy Xu, St. Francis opened the season with a 202-224 win over Menlo Sept. 11 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View.

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