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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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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 High's strength is in singles, but coach is counting on doubles, too


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Kacey Incerpi, playing No. 2 singles, is undefeated this season.

The Los Altos High girls tennis team relies heavily on all the single ladies, but the doubles players will most assuredly have to contribute if the Eagles are going to be a hit this season.

“Our strength is in singles, like last year, but you also need strong doubles to win high school matches,” said coach Hung Nguyen, whose team is off to a 4-3 start. “We need the doubles to pick it up and take some pressure off the singles, and I think they will.”

The singles ladder is anything but rickety, featuring the formidable foursome of Juliette Martin, Kacey Incerpi, Carina Burdick and Whitney Mathews. They entered this week with a combined record of 23-3.

Sophomore Martin is in the top spot, just ahead of senior Incerpi, who played No. 1 last year.

Martin “is stronger than last year,” Nguyen said. “She has a bright future and should dominate by senior year.” Martin has a 5-2 record.

Incerpi is undefeated (7-0) and “playing her best tennis,” the coach said. “She’s been really good this year. She has drawn interest from several colleges, according to Nguyen.

Burdick sports the same spotless record, wowing the coach with her play.

“She has all the shots,” said Nguyen, who added that the versatile sophomore excels in doubles as well. “She’s the most gifted, in terms of strokes.”

Although Burdick is at No. 3 singles, the coach said she and No. 4 player Mathews “are very close” and the two have swapped spots on occasion. Mathews, a junior transfer, is 6-1.

Unlike in singles, Los Altos is stocked with seniors in doubles. Five of the team’s six seniors are doubles players, but only a few of them saw extensive action last year.

Nguyen said he is still “trying to find the right combinations” in doubles. Avery Ikeda and Anica Nangia are establishing themselves as the top team – winning both matches at No. 1 last week – while fellow seniors Elizabeth Fuchs and Haley Jones are in the second spot.

Junior Nina Kamangar and sophomore Niki Moha have been playing No. 3 doubles, though junior Brittany Cheng and senior Laura Shea “are in the mix, too,” Nguyen said.

Another player may soon join that mix. Madeline Bourquin, a transfer from St. Francis, “is waiting in the wings,” Nguyen said. The junior will be eligible to play Oct. 7, according to the coach, who envisions the junior playing No. 3 doubles or in relief in singles.

If the doubles players continue to improve, which Nguyen is confident they will, the Eagles might just exceed last season’s success. Los Altos reached the third round of the Central Coast Section playoffs after tying Lynbrook for third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

“This year, my hope is to finish alone in third or maybe second,” he said.

After opening the season by going 2-2 in the top division of the California High School Tennis Classic in Fresno, Los Altos won two of its three matches last week. The Eagles fell 4-3 to Saratoga in their division opener, beat Milpitas 6-1 in nonleague play and blanked rival Mountain View 7-0. Los Altos won all but one of Thursday’s matches against the Spartans in straight sets.


2013 girls tennis: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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