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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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Spartans score 20 goals in girls water polo win


Town Crier file photo
Mountain View High’s Elyse Fitzsimons goes for the block.

Cupertino’s goal must have looked as big as a commercial fishing net to the Mountain View High girls water polo team, which pasted the Pioneers 20-2 Thursday.

The host Spartans put up 11 goals in the second quarter to lead 15-2 at halftime.

Nine players scored in the game for Mountain View, led by Kate Atherton’s four goals.

Senior Izzy Dickerson “had a great all-around game,” coach Drew Enlow said, notching three goals, two assists and four steals.

“She did all of this with no turnovers or ejections in the game,” the coach added.

Samantha Hartman and Hope Moseley also scored three goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 6-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division, 10-3 overall.

Los Altos defeated Palo Alto 8-4 in SCVAL De Anza Division play Oct. 8. Jenna Gavenman paced the visiting Eagles (4-2 league, 6-9 overall) with four goals and Ya’el Weiner had three.

Boys water polo

Mountain View shut out Los Gatos in the middle quarters of Thursday’s De Anza Division game and won 7-5 on the road.

Spartan coach Gabor Sarusi dubbed goalie Charlie Niehaus the player of the game. He totaled 10 saves, blocking all four of the Wildcats’ six-on-five chances.

Rey Castillo and Matt Dunn scored four and three goals, respectively, for Mountain View (5-2 league, 6-5 overall). Castillo tallied six goals in a 17-12 win over Lynbrook earlier in the week.

Host Bellarmine beat rival St. Francis 12-6 Oct. 8 in West Catholic Athletic League action. Shawn Welch scored four goals for the Lancers (0-2 league).

Girls volleyball

Los Altos suffered its first league loss of the season – in four games to Palo Alto Thursday – but the host Eagles didn’t fall out of first. Los Altos is tied with Paly and Homestead for the top spot in the De Anza Division at 4-1.

Mountain View picked up its first De Anza Division victory Thursday, beating Monta Vista in four games. The Spartans went to 1-4 in league and 4-10 overall.

Three Mountain View players totaled double-digit kills: Rosa Lutz (14), Elyse Fitzsimons (13) and Megan Robinson (10).

St. Francis evened its WCAL record at 1-1 with a sweep of St. Ignatius Oct. 8. Jenna Adams recorded 14 kills for the visiting Lancers (15-6 overall).

Pinewood swept Immaculate Conception Oct. 9, improving to 3-3 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

Field hockey

Kira Winner scored Los Altos’ lone goal in a 4-1 home loss to Cupertino Oct. 8. The Eagles slumped to 0-4 in the SCVAL.

Girls golf

St. Francis easily defeated Notre Dame-Belmont (209-226 score) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (225-250) last week in WCAL play. Nancy Xu earned medalist honors Oct. 9 against Notre Dame with a 35; Bibi Liu’s 40 led the way versus Sacred Heart Oct. 8.

Cross country

The Los Altos girls set a school record on the Woodward Park course (101 minutes, 35 seconds) and finished 10th in their division at Saturday’s Clovis Invitational.

Girls tennis

Los Altos topped rival Mountain View 6-1 in De Anza Division play Thursday.

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