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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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Three local girls finish in top 11 at state meet


Courtesy of Kristin Colonna
Pinewood’s Nicole Colonna, center, placed eighth in the Division V girls race Saturday at the state meet in Fresno.

Local girls didn’t rule Saturday’s CIF State Cross Country Championships, but they came pretty close.

Gunn High senior Sarah Robinson and Pinewood School junior Nicole Colonna finished among the top 10 in their respective races, Los Altos High sophomore Lauren Jacob placed 11th and Mountain View High senior Melissa Reed took 22nd.

Robinson – a Los Altos Hills resident – Colonna and Jacob ran the fastest times among runners from the Central Coast Section in their respective divisions.

CCS champ Robinson finished fourth in Division I and seventh overall Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. She ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 16 seconds. That was the fastest time ever run by a CCS girl at state until San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell clocked a 17:08 a few hours later in the Division IV race.

“I think overall I was happy with my performance,” said Robinson, who broke her personal record on the course by 40 seconds. “I think I could have finished stronger, but I am glad I improved my time.”

So did her coach PattiSue Plumer.

“Sarah ran a great race (Saturday),” said Plumer, whose team finished 14th at state. “The DI race was the most competitive race of the day and it went out really fast; the first mile was about a 5:20 pace. She went for it and hung on for a huge PR but didn’t quite have the closing speed she needed after going so fast.”

Robinson’s effort was good enough to earn an invitation to Saturday’s national meet in Portland, Ore., where she is slated to compete against the top high school runners in the country.

Fellow Los Altos Hills resident Colonna came in eighth in the Division V race with a time of 19:17.

“I was happy to place in the top 10 at the state meet,” she said. “I worked hard this year, put in a lot of miles, and finishing eighth against tough competition is fantastic.”

Jacob led the Los Altos girls, who placed 20th as a team in Division II, by finishing under 18 minutes for the first time on a 5-kilometer course. Jacob’s time of 17:52 broke her school record on the course by 24 seconds. It was good enough to take 26th overall.

Mountain View’s Reed finished 40th overall after running the Division I race in 18:08. Teammate Amy Lynch placed 127th overall and 56th in Division I with an 18:44.

Ailing St. Francis High freshman phenom Julia Bounds finished 154th in Division II. Coach Roberta Chisam said Bounds, suffering from bronchitis for more than a week, “had all the intentions to run a strong race, (but) her body was not ready.”

St. Francis placed 16th as a team, paced by sophomore Melissa Seaman (66nd, 19:06). Seaman and the Lancers’ next-best finishers – freshman Emily Skahill (99th, 19:36), and junior Hannah Kim (106th, 19:40) – also ran personal-best times on the course.

The St. Francis boys finished 12th in their division, powered by sophomore Xander Olivero’s 39th-place time of 15:56. Senior Gaurav Begur (16:24) was 80th.

The Los Altos boys placed five spots behind St. Francis in Division II. Sophomore Ben Zaeske led Los Altos, finishing in 16 minutes flat for 42nd place.

This marked Zaeske’s best time on a 5k course, according to coach Dan Oren.

Three other Eagles placed in the top 130: seniors Dane Tippett (99th, 16:36), Konrad Niemiec (128th, 16:51) and Kevin Glass (130th, 16:51).

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