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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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Mustangs make it through


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Homestead High senior Casey Carroll, a Los Altos resident, has secured an athletic scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After surviving an arduous nonleague schedule, coach Gary Carroll said his Homestead High volleyball team – featuring four girls from Los Altos – welcomed the start of SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“I think we’re battle-tested and ready for league,” he said prior to Thursday’s opener at Palo Alto.

Although the division is filled with formidable foes, Carroll can’t imagine it being more daunting than the slate of teams the Mustangs faced in recent weeks. Twelve of their 13 opponents won at least 20 matches last season and two claimed state championships. Homestead tangled with four teams from the vaunted West Catholic Athletic League and ventured to Las Vegas for one of the most competitive tournaments on the West Coast.

Carroll said his team was “tired and beat up” after three weeks of what he described as “the toughest schedule in Northern California.” The Mustangs kept their heads above water, however, posting a 7-6 record with a win over WCAL power Presentation, a 4-3 mark in the desert at the Durango Tournament and victories over Harker and San Benito.

“I hope it bodes well for us,” Carroll said.

So far, it has. Homestead won its league opener in five games, the team’s first victory at Palo Alto in 14 years. The Mustangs and Vikings shared the division title last season.

The coach said his daughter Casey Carroll “blew it up” Thursday night. The senior from Los Altos recorded 22 kills (on 41 swings), 25 digs and four blocks. The team’s other outside hitter, fellow senior Morgan Robinson, added 18 kills.

Carroll, Robinson and juniors Katie Barker (of Los Altos) and Connor Bunka make up a fearsome foursome of hitters. Robinson has already surpassed 100 kills, the 6-foot-1 Casey is closing in on the century mark – despite missing a few matches with a sprained ankle – while Bunka and Barker are in the 50-kill range.

“I don’t think anyone (in the league) can deal with that four-prong attack,” coach Carroll said. “Throw in Maria and Breanna, and we’re tough to beat.”

That would be junior setter Maria Balus, a transfer from Monta Vista, and sophomore middle blocker Breanna Rachel. Each has more than 20 kills.

Homestead can get it done on defense as well. Senior libero Allison Inanoria was voted team MVP last year and the Mustangs should have another big-time back row player when junior defensive specialist Olivia Poulos returns from a leg injury that has sidelined her since their third match.

“We need her,” coach Carroll said of Los Altos resident Poulos, whom he expects back as early as next week. “Not only for her defense, but for her quiet leadership skills.”

Homestead doesn’t seem to lack for leaders, though. The team has three captains: Inanoria, Robinson and Casey. The coach called Casey – a four-year varsity player – “the all-around leader,” adding that her will to win often sets the tone for the Mustangs.

“She has that competitive fire,” coach Carroll said of his daughter, bound for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a scholarship. “She’s the best competitor in the league, as far as pure desire to win.”

Homestead is scheduled to visit Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.


2013 girls volleyball: Homestead High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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