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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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St. Francis girls golf team claims NorCal title, heads to state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team shows off the championship trophy it won at last week’s Northern California final. The Lancers advance to the state championships next week in Carmel Valley.

The St. Francis High girls golf team didn’t have a player shoot better than 6-over-par at last week’s Northern California championships in Ripon, but it didn’t matter. The Lancers still won the team title.

That’s because no participant shot below par at the Nov. 4 event – played in windy conditions on the challenging course at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club – and St. Francis was the only team to have four competitors post scores below 90.

“The course was deceptively difficult,” said coach Phil Marrone, whose Lancers shot 423 to top runner-up Palo Alto by six strokes. “The scores were much higher than I expected, but the girls hung tough and won. The back of our order finished really strong with some of their best individual scoring of the year.”

Senior Nancy Xu and sophomore Valerie Wang led St. Francis with rounds of 6-over-par 79, tying for sixth individually. Freshman Bibilani Liu and senior Caitlin Crosby each shot 87, while freshman Jacqueline Sun tallied a 91 to round out the Lancers’ top five finishers (which make up the team score).

Xu, who advanced to NorCal as an individual last year, described her team’s effort as “one of our best performances of the season.” The Lancers finished second at Central Coast Section championships the previous week and won the West Catholic Athletic League crown a week before that.

“I feel like, as a whole, the team did really well on average,” Xu said. “We were consistent.”

St. Francis – along with Palo Alto and third-place Amador Valley (444) – advance to the state championships, scheduled Nov. 20 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Los Altos High senior Kelsey Kawaguchi, who competed at NorCal as an individual, won’t be joining them. She shot a 10-over-par 83 and missed qualifying for state by two strokes.

“The course was tough (Nov. 4) and the wind and the greens were the fastest I have played in a little while,” Kawaguchi said. “After hitting what I thought was a perfect second shot onto the green, my ball bounced off the green and into the (out of bounds) behind it. The course was playing a little bit longer with the strong winds sometimes. I learned from my mistakes and know what I need to work on.”

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