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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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Temple named boys lacrosse coach at St. Francis


For the second time in three months, St. Francis High has hired a head coach for its varsity boys lacrosse team.

School officials last month announced that Noah Temple will run the program instead of Will Callegari, who in June was hired to replace Greg Derus, the team’s coach the past two springs. Callegari, an assistant coach at Florida State last season, “decided not to move out west and take our offer this summer,” St. Francis athletic director Michael Pilawski said Sept. 18.

Temple has served on the St. Francis coaching staff since the program started, first as the junior-varsity assistant coach and the past two years as the varsity assistant.

“We are extremely excited to have Noah Temple as our new head boys lacrosse coach,” Pilawski said. “Noah knows our school and program very well and is passionate about continuing the growth and commitment to excellence our school stands for.”

A three-year starter at Trinity Pawling High School in Pawling, N.Y., Temple played club lacrosse at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Named First Team All-West Coast Lacrosse League in college, he helped the Mustangs reach the championship game.

“I am very excited to get back on the field with our exceptional group of student-athletes and continue the brand of St. Francis High School lacrosse that we have worked hard to create,” Temple said.

Temple will oversee the entire boys lacrosse program, including the junior-varsity team, according to Pilawski.

Derus, who returned to the Midwest, guided the Lancers to a 12-7 overall record and a third-place finish in the West Catholic Athletic League last spring.

“St. Francis High School would like to thank Coach Derus for all of his dedication and hard work for the past two years with our boys lacrosse program,” Pilawski said. “He has worked tirelessly to lay the foundation for a very solid program.”

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