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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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Eagles fall to Wildcats in CCS quarterfinals


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
No. 3 player Whitney Mathews posted Los Altos’ lone win in singles Friday against St. Ignatius.

After clipping Leland in the second round of the Central Coast Section playoffs, the Los Altos High girls tennis team met its match in the quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Eagles fell 4-3 to No. 5 St. Ignatius Friday.

“They have a little more depth than we do,” Los Altos coach Hung Nguyen said of the Wildcats, champions of the West Catholic Athletic League. “We were just one match short. But I’m proud of my girls – they played as hard as they could.”

None of the seven matches went to three sets.

Host Los Altos mustered just one win in singles, courtesy of No. 3 player Whitney Mathews. The Eagles top two doubles teams – Carina Burdick-Avery Ikeda and Elizabeth Fuchs-Haley Jones – prevailed in straight sets as well.

Mathews, a junior, “won handily,” Nguyen said, while sophomore Burdick and senior Ikeda “took care of business” by not losing a game. Fuchs and Jones won both sets in tiebreakers.

Los Altos’ top two singles players didn’t fare as well. Sophomore Juliette Martin faced a tough opponent at No. 1, according to the coach, while senior Kacey Incerpi suffered her first loss of the year.

The Eagles, who edged visiting Leland 4-3 two days earlier, finished the season 13-8.

“I’m pretty happy – the season turned out better than I thought,” said Nguyen, whose team placed third in the daunting SCVAL De Anza Division. “Making it to the quarterfinals is pretty good.”

The season isn’t over for all the Eagles, however. Four girls have qualified for the CCS individual playoffs, scheduled Monday and Tuesday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos. Martin and Burdick made it in singles; Incerpi and Mathews will join forces in doubles.

Lancers also ousted

St. Francis lasted as long as Los Altos in CCS. The sixth-seeded Lancers fell 4-3 to No. 3 Monta Vista Friday in Cupertino.

St. Francis (14-6) crushed Carmel 7-0 in the second round.


2013 tennis: Los Altos High School girls play in CCS playoffs - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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