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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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Mountain View sinks Harker in girls water polo

There was no doubt about this one. The Mountain View High girls water polo team dominated Harker from start to finish Thursday, prevailing 17-0.

The Spartans led 5-0 after one quarter, doubling their advantage by halftime. Eight players scored for Mountain View in its first shutout of the season.

Spartans coach Drew Enlow said junior Arlynda Huerta “was strong on both offense and defense,” totaling three goals, three assists and two steals.

Mountain View, which crushed Cupertino 19-5 two days earlier, improved to 2-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 6-2 overall.

Los Altos opened its SCVAL De Anza Division slate with a 14-3 loss at Gunn Thursday.

Kimberlyn Tilley scored twice and Ellen Roper had the Eagles’ other goal. Goalie Romy Aboudarham made 18 saves.

The Eagles then fell 15-6 to Leland Friday; Tilley and Ya’el Wiener scored two goals each.

Host St. Francis skunked Menlo-Atherton 9-0 Friday, scoring six goals by halftime. Courtney Batcheller totaled four goals.

Girls volleyball

Los Altos swept host Harker Thursday, raising its overall record to 6-2. Michelle Albright and Carmen Annevelink tallied 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for the Eagles.

Behind a balanced attack, Mountain View topped Lynbrook in three games Friday. The Spartans improved to 2-6 with strong performances from Megan Robinson (nine kills, six aces, 14 assists), Elyse Fitzsimons (eight kills, two blocks), Rosa Lutz (eight kills, three aces) and Moira Huang (five kills, three aces).

Earlier in the week, Mountain View lost in three games to Presentation. Maegan Nevalsky (five kills), Fitzsimons (four kills, six blocks) and Robinson (two kills, five blocks, five aces) led the Spartans Sept. 16.

Paced by Taylor Poncetta, St. Francis won three nonleague matches at home last week. The senior notched 15 kills Sept. 16 in a sweep of Menlo-Atherton, 17 in a four-game victory over Salinas and 11 Thursday in a sweep of Burlingame.

The Lancers improved to 8-4.

Pinewood opened play in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division with a straight-set loss at Mercy Burlingame Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted 22 kills for the Panthers, while setter Tehmi den Braven recorded 24 assists.

Pinewood, which earlier in the week swept Woodside Priory, went to 3-2 overall.

Girls golf

St. Francis remains atop the WCAL after winning both its matches last week.

The Lancers followed a 209-274 rout of Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 16 with a 212-219 win over Presentation Sept. 18.

Bibi Liu posted the best score both days – tying teammate Valerie Wang for medalist honors against Notre Dame – at Shoreline Golf Links (par 36).

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