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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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Two LA tennis players remain perfect, help Eagles edge Saratoga


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High tennis players Kacey Incerpi, above, and Carina Burdick are undefeated in singles this season.

Los Altos High girls tennis coach Hung Nguyen estimates his team’s chances of making the playoffs at “70 to 75 percent” after Thursday’s 4-3 win over first-place Saratoga.

Two Eagles who have won 100 percent of their matches – senior Kacey Incerpi and sophomore Carina Burdick – played critical roles in Thursday’s regular-season finale.

Soon after Incerpi prevailed at No. 2 singles, No. 3 player Burdick “took us over the top,” Nguyen said. She clinched the home match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

“The undefeated girls came through for us,” said Nguyen, whose team locked up third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with an 8-4 record and improved to 12-7 overall. “They’ve had incredible years.”

While the coach expected a stellar season from Incerpi – who played No. 1 singles last year – he didn’t expect Burdick to “be so dominant as a sophomore.”

Nguyen added that the entire singles ladder has excelled. Sophomore Juliette Martin has held her own at the top spot with an 11-5 record and No. 4 player Whitney Mathews, a junior, is 16-2.

Then there’s the No. 1 doubles team – seniors Haley Jones and Elizabeth Fuchs – who “have played really well,” the coach said.

Nguyen and his players must wait until Saturday’s Central Coast Section seeding meeting to find out if they’ve made the playoffs, scheduled to start next week.

“You never know, but I’m hopeful,” he said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

Volleyball

Los Altos bounced back from a five-game loss to Homestead early in the week by sweeping Palo Alto Thursday to remain in contention for the SCVAL De Anza Division title.

The Eagles went to 8-2 in league, putting them behind only the Mustangs (10-1) and just ahead of the Vikings (7-3) in the standings. Los Altos entered this last week of the regular season scheduled to face teams at the bottom of the league: rival Mountain View at home Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) and Monta Vista on the road 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Carmen Annevelink notched 22 kills for the Eagles (22-5 overall) in the win at Paly and Hanna Koehler recorded 20 assists.

Los Altos played in the Spikefest II tournament Saturday and lost to Homestead in the semifinals. The Mustangs won the Gold Division with a 6-0 record, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral in the final at Independence.

Mountain View won the tourney’s Blue Division to place 13th.

Behind Alex Espinosa’s eight kills, St. Francis (22-11 overall) edged Harker in five games Friday in non-league play.

Boys water polo

Behind a big day from Matt Dunn, Mountain View capped the regular season with an 18-13 win over Lynbrook Thursday. The junior scored six goals, made three steals and drew two ejections.

Rey Castillo added five goals for the Spartans (8-4 De Anza Division, 11-10 overall).

Charlie Niehaus posted 13 saves for Mountain View, up 7-2 lead after one quarter. He made 10 saves and four steals in an 8-7 loss to Gunn two days earlier.

Castillo, Randy Kenyon and Alex Paulsen each scored twice.

Girls water polo

Los Altos edged Palo Alto 6-5 Thursday to conclude the regular season.

Casey Vanneman scored three goals and goalie Romy Aboudarham collected 18 saves for the Eagles (7-5 De Anza Division).

Earlier in the week, Los Altos routed Lynbrook 14-7 behind three goals each from Vanneman and Kimberlyn Tilley.

Mountain View’s Senior Night belonged to the seniors, six of whom scored goals in a 15-4 blowout of Monta Vista Thursday.

Samantha Hartman “dominated both ends of the pool,” coach Drew Enlow said, tallying six goals, five assists and five steals. Fellow seniors Sophie Brotzel and Audrey Gerughty had two goals each for the Spartans (11-1 SCVAL El Camino Division, 16-6 overall).

After a 21-0 start to the season, St. Francis suffered back-to-back defeats Saturday in the NorCal Water Polo Championships. The Lancers fell 9-4 to Campolindo in the semifinals of the tournament, then lost 6-5 to Sacred Heart Prep in the third-place game.

Field hockey

Los Altos earned its first win of the year on Senior Day, 1-0 over Homestead Thursday.

Nicole Atkins scored for the Eagles (1-8-2 SCVAL, 1-10-3 overall).

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