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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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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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Priory pounces on Pinewood


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School defenders try to bring down Woodside Priory halfback James McDaniel in Friday’s game. McDaniel rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns.

Pinewood School’s eight-man football team not only suffered from another slow start – this one was painful as well. The Panthers were down 22-0 and a key player by the end of the first quarter Friday at Woodside Priory.

Standout running back/safety Aidan Lucero (shoulder) didn’t come back, and neither did Pinewood. Priory prevailed 56-22 to complete a perfect season (7-0), denying the Panthers (5-2) a share of the Mission Trail Athletic League title.

“We’ve had some trouble coming out of the gates in most games – it takes us a little bit to get going,” said coach Matt Irvin, whose team had to settle for third place. “Unfortunately in that time, we lost Aidan Lucero, one of our leaders out here and one of our best players.”

Pinewood played Priory even in the second quarter – each team scored a touchdown – but the Panthers lost another player along the way. Greg Naumann, who replaced Lucero in the backfield, was ejected for a personal foul with just under two minutes left in the half.

“That was an unfortunate penalty on Greg – a call we’ll be reviewing,” said Irvin, who questioned the official’s claim that Naumann intentionally pulled off an opponent’s helmet. “When you lose those two guys, it gets a little tough.”

Just a few plays earlier, Naumann threw a halfback pass that set up Pinewood’s first score of the afternoon. His 52-yard bomb to quarterback Kevin Tracy put the Panthers at the 3-yard line and Jack Sweat plowed through the middle on the next play for the touchdown.

“We just threw that in this week,” Irvin said of the trick play. “I thought they were kind of overplaying one side, so we snuck Kevin out there. Greg threw a nice pass and Kevin made a nice run to get close to the touchdown. We had to do something to break the ice a little bit, and it worked.”

The two-point run failed, leaving Priory with a 28-6 lead. The score remained static until the first play of the fourth quarter when Priory’s Garrett Weber rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 247-pound junior – listed as a defensive lineman – shed several would-be tacklers along the way.

Priory gashed Pinewood with its ground attack throughout the game, racking up 420 yards on 51 carries. Senior running back James McDaniel did most of the damage, totaling 239 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries.

“He’s just a great back and hard to bring down,” Irvin said. “We played a little too high today. Against a back like that, we’ve got to get lower and go for the ankles instead of the shoulder pads. If we’d have done that, maybe it would have been a different outcome.”

Pinewood had its moments running the ball as well. Sophomore halfback Matthew Murphy raced 65 yards for a touchdown on a sweep left four minutes into the final quarter. Tracy’s two-point pass to receiver Wilson Fields cut Priory’s advantage to 40-14.

Fields wasn’t done producing points for the Panthers. The junior snared a pass across the middle from Tracy for a 64-yard touchdown and hooked up with the quarterback again on the two-point conversion. This cut Priory’s lead to 48-22 with 4:07 left.

The deficit widened on the next play from scrimmage, however, as McDaniel escaped for a 55-yard touchdown.

“Priory’s a tough team,” Irvin said. “They’re physical, ran some great plays, they’re tough tacklers and tough guys to bring down. They’re just a great football team.”


2013 football: Pinewood vs. Woodside Priory School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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