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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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St. Francis golfers finish 5th at state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team – featuring, from left, Nancy Xu, Caitlin Crosby, Bibilani Liu, Alexis Opsasnick, Valerie Wang and Jacqueline Sun – won the NorCal title last month.

Doomed by a bevy of bogeys, the St. Francis High girls golf team finished far from first at last week’s state championships. The Lancers took fifth out of six teams, 74 strokes behind winner Torrey Pines.

St. Francis’ top five finishers (whose rounds counted toward the team score) combined for 33 bogeys and 19 double bogeys, while totaling just three birdies.

Not the kind of day the Lancers – who claimed the Northern California crown two weeks earlier – expected or could overcome against the state’s top teams.

Although the Nov. 20 event was held in the north, squads from the south felt right at home on the course at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Defending champ Torrey Pines shot 364; runners-up Diamond Bar and Walnut each tallied 396 to beat fourth-place Palo Alto by 27 strokes.

“Those SoCal schools are really good,” St. Francis coach Phil Marrone said. “Torrey Pines is flat-out amazing.”

While the Lancers were less than amazing, Marrone deemed the event beneficial to the growth of his young team.

“The state tournament was good experience for us,” he said.

West Catholic Athletic League champ St. Francis won the NorCal title – the first in program history – with a lineup comprising two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen.

“I’m pleased and excited for the girls – not only for this season, but for some seasons to come,” said Marrone, whose team had never before made it to state. “We have a solid core of young players in the top six.”

Freshman Bibilani Liu led the Lancers last week, shooting a 3-over-par 75 to tie for 13th individually. Sophomore Valerie Wang followed with an 80, tying for 30th, and senior Nancy Xu shot 84 to place 38th at state. Xu qualified for state as an individual last year, finishing 33rd.

Boys water polo

In a back-and-forth game, No. 3 Menlo-Atherton edged second-seeded St. Francis 9-7 last week in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

The Lancers led 2-1 after the first quarter, but the host Bears tied the game at 3 by halftime. In the third quarter, St. Francis pulled ahead again, 6-4, only to watch Menlo-Atherton go on a 2-0 run in the fourth to force overtime. The Bears sustained their momentum in OT, outscoring the Lancers 3-1 to advance.

“It is always tough to lose your last game, especially such a well-played, competitive game like (this one),” St. Francis coach Terry O’Donnell said after the Nov. 19 semifinal. “Menlo-Atherton and St. Francis both battled, and I thought both defenses were amazing.”

Sophomore Andrew Goodenough was the lone Lancer to score more than one goal, tallying two. Shawn Welch, Trevor Raish, Quinn Vitakis, Adam Antony and Sean Elmurib added a goal each.

St. Francis finished the year with a 12-17 record and placed fourth in the ultracompetitive WCAL.

“This has been a great season for us,” O’Donnell said. “We worked hard everyday and really had a great attitude.”

Field hockey

For the second consecutive year, St. Francis’ season ended in the CCS semifinals. No. 2 Los Gatos edged the third-seeded Lancers 2-1 Nov. 20 at Leland.

St. Francis went 18-2-1 this year.

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