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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 advance in volleyball playoffs


R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink goes for the kill Saturday.

The second-seeded Los Altos High girls volleyball team turned to an unlikely player for kills to close out Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal match against No. 7 Los Gatos.

Setter Hanna Koehler notched five kills in the fourth game – three of them at crunch time – to help the Eagles reach the semifinals for the first time since 2004.

“It’s the best feeling as a setter to get kills,” said the senior, who totaled 10 kills, 29 assists and 13 digs Saturday. “I played beach volleyball in the summer, so I had to learn how to hit and do a lot of the other skills on top of setting; I’m happy my hard work’s paid off.”

Although outside hitter Carmen Annevelink led the team with 24 kills – including the match-winner on a shot into Los Gatos’ back row – Koehler’s kills were particularly timely for Los Altos in the 25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 home victory.

After the Wildcats scored to cut the Eagles’ lead to 20-18 in the fourth game, Koehler delivered a shot that dropped toward the backline. Los Gatos rallied again, narrowing Los Altos’ advantage to 22-20, before Koehler came up with another kill. The Wildcats scored the next point, but Koehler responded once more – firing a right-side shot that prompted her to jump for joy.

Sarah Tritschler served for the match, finished off by Annevelink’s kill.

This marked the Eagles’ third win over the Wildcats this season; the previous two meetings were in SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“We knew they were going to come in and play hard,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said of Los Gatos. “It’s a school with volleyball tradition and they have a lot of pride.”

All but the first game was close; the Eagles (31-5) jumped to a 19-6 advantage and never allowed the Wildcats (21-13) to threaten.

The second game was a different story. Los Altos’ lone lead came at 6-5, after which Los Gatos went on a 5-0 run. The Eagles tied the game at 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23, but the Wildcats always had an answer and won by two.

A refocused Los Altos team scored the first three points of the third game – two on kills from Michelle Albright – and quickly built a 16-4 lead. Los Gatos rallied to cut the deficit to 20-16, but the Eagles persevered to win on a dump shot by Kristen Liu.

“It was a match of ups and downs,” Kim said. “We were there, then we lost it, and then we were there again. I think we played a little tight, but we were able to overcome that.”

The coach praised his four seniors for coming through when they were needed most. Along with Koehler’s big night, Meghan McDermott totaled 12 kills and 16 digs, Albright had eight kills and three blocks and Katie Tritschler registered 29 digs.

Next up for Los Altos: No. 3 St. Francis (24-12). The semifinal match is scheduled 5:30 p.m. today at Los Gatos.

“I’m extremely excited to make the semifinals,” Koehler said. “We played St. Francis in a tournament and lost, but we didn’t have a very good match. We thought we could have won, so maybe we can redeem ourselves.”

St. Francis beat visiting No. 6 Woodside 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22 in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Homestead advances

No. 2 Homestead moved on to the CCS Division I semifinals by beating No. 7 Gunn 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 Saturday in Cupertino.

The Mustangs (24-7) are slated to meet No. 3 Salinas (22-9) 7:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara High.

Pinewood prevails

Pinewood, the third seed in Division V, topped Trinity Christian 25-15, 28-26, 25-14 in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Mehra den Braven – the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division MVP – led the Panthers (14-11) with 26 kills.

Pinewood is scheduled to face No. 2 Woodside Priory (14-12) 7:30 p.m. today at St. Thomas More in the semifinals.

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