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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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Special Sections

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 holds on, beats Mills 28-26


Town Crier file photo
Sean Lanoza rushed for 187 yards in the Eagles’ 28-26 win over Mills Friday night.

The fourth quarter belonged to Mills, but the football game ultimately went to Los Altos High. The Eagles held on to beat the Vikings 28-26 Friday night, despite getting outscored 19-7 in the final quarter.

Linebacker Duke Myers, who registered 11 tackles and an interception, snuffed out Mills’ two-point conversion attempt with just more than a minute left in the nonleague game.

Halfback Sean Lanoza “put our offense on his back,” Eagles coach Trevor Pruitt said, rushing for 187 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Lambie Lanman tossed two touchdown passes, both to receiver Patrick McColl.

Los Altos improved to 4-0; Mills fell to 3-1.

Girls volleyball

With a sweep of St. Ignatius, Los Altos claimed the Cupertino Classic Saturday. The Eagles improved to 12-2 for the season.

St. Francis beat Amador Valley 25-20, 25-10, 25-15 Friday in nonleague play. Taylor Poncetta had 13 kills for the Lancers (10-4).

Mountain View sank to 0-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 2-8 overall with Thursday’s straight-game loss to Los Gatos. Moira Huang posted six kills for the Spartans.

Two days prior, Gunn topped Mountain View in four games, despite nine kills each from Rosa Lutz and Maegan Nevalsky.

Gunn – featuring three Los Altos Hills residents – swept Monta Vista in its next league match to improve to 2-0 in the De Anza Division and 4-4 overall.

Pinewood eked out a five-game win at King’s Academy Thursday. Mehra den Braven racked up 39 kills and 12 aces for the Panthers (2-1 WBAL Skyline Division, 6-2 overall).

Girls water polo

St. Francis dominated last weekend’s Amanda MacDonald Invitational at Menlo School, outscoring its four opponents by a combined 52-6. The Lancers drubbed Sir Francis Drake 13-3 in the final.

In WCAL play earlier in the week, St. Francis stomped St. Ignatius 13-3 behind five goals from Courtney Batcheller.

Fremont rallied in the second half to beat host Mountain View 15-11 Thursday in SCVAL El Camino Division action. The Spartans were outscored 7-2 after intermission.

“Mountain View senior Sophie Brotzel had a strong game for the Spartans,” Mountain View coach Drew Enlow said, “but a six-goal third quarter by Fremont senior Rea Brakaj was too much for the Spartans to overcome.”

Brotzel was one of six Mountain View players to score. Samantha Hartman’s four goals led the Spartans (2-1 league, 6-3 overall).

Boys water polo

St. Francis lost 12-9 to De La Salle Saturday in the fifth-place game of the St. Francis Invitational.

Three days earlier, the Lancers dispatched St. Ignatius 10-9 in WCAL play. Sean Elmurib and Shawn Welch each scored three goals for St. Francis.

Mountain View finished 15th in the St. Francis Invitational, capping it off with a 14-11 win over Monte Vista of Danville Saturday. Coach Gabor Sarusi said he was “delighted to see his young Spartan team put together a full effort for four quarters.”

Rey Castillo scored five goals for Mountain View.

Girls tennis

Mountain View last week earned its first victory of the season. The host Spartans dispatched Pinewood 4-2 in nonleague action Sept. 23.

They followed that match with league losses to Gunn (6-1 result) and Lynbrook (7-0). The Spartans’ lone win came from No. 1 singles player Sheila Ahi.

Mountain View dropped to 0-4 in the De Anza Division and 1-5 overall.

Girls golf

St. Francis suffered its first loss of the year, 225-233 to St. Ignatius Sept. 25 at Lake Merced Country Club. The Lancers – who edged Valley Christian 217-219 the day before behind co-medalist Valerie Wang’s 39 at Silver Creek Country Club – went to 4-1 in the WCAL.

Field hockey

Monta Vista squeaked by Los Altos 1-0 Thursday. The Eagles fell to 0-2 in league, 0-5-1 overall.


2013 tennis: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van  Houtte/Town Crier

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