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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 down Redwood in NorCal semis to earn rematch with mighty Monarchs


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Joyce Christiansen-Salameh notched 14 assists and six digs in Los Altos High’s NorCal semifinal win over Redwood.

No matter what happened Tuesday, the Los Altos High girls volleyball team would have a hard time deeming this season anything but a smashing success.

The Eagles were slated to play at Mitty Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s deadline) for the Northern California Division II championship and a berth in this weekend’s state final. This is Los Altos’ first trip to the NorCal final.

“We are so excited that we have made it this far,” senior Meghan McDermott said after the third-seeded Eagles edged No. 2 Redwood (Larkspur) in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal. “I am still in shock, because I never could have dreamed we would be having such an incredibly successful season.”

Los Altos improved to 34-6 with Saturday’s road win, which went five games. The Eagles prevailed 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11.

“The key to winning that game for us was to play loose,” said McDermott, who recorded six kills, two aces and 12 digs. “As a team, we play much better when we are relaxed. We pass well, we get kills and overall we play much better as a team.”

Los Altos did just that in the first two sets, but the Giants (42-5) swung the momentum in their favor in the middle games.

“In the third and fourth sets, Redwood fought back and started getting some really nice kills on us. In response, we tensed up and played much tighter,” McDermott said. “Fortunately, we came back together as a team in that fifth set to win the match.”

Fellow outside hitter Carmen Annevelink paced the Eagles with 19 kills Saturday. The junior added four aces, 23 digs and two solo blocks.

Senior setter Hanna Koehler contributed 10 kills and 23 assists. Senior right-side hitter Michelle Albright also notched 10 kills.

The Eagles would likely need another team effort to challenge top-seeded Mitty (39-4), the defending state champ and No. 1 ranked squad in the nation.

Los Altos took the Monarchs to five games in the Nov. 23 Central Coast Section final, twice serving for match point before losing the fifth game 16-18.

“They are an amazingly talented team,” McDermott said of Mitty, “and I know both teams are going to come out fighting for that NorCal Championship title.”

The winner is scheduled to take on the Southern California champ 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

Mustangs fall in semis

Homestead – the third seed in the NorCal Division I playoffs – saw its season come to a close in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Mustangs, who feature four Los Altos residents, lost in four games to No. 2 St. Francis of Sacramento. The host Troubadours triumphed 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 29-27.

Homestead, the CCS Division I champs, finished the season with a 27-8 record.

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