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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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Lancers face familiar foe in final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis halfback Alex Andrighetto races to the end zone as Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst watches from the sideline. Andrighetto rushed for three TDs and intercepted a Chryst pass Friday.

The St. Francis High defense held Keller Chryst – one of the area’s top passers – in check to easily defeat Palo Alto in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal game.

Winning the final will likely require doing the same to one of the section’s best runners – Los Gatos’ Joey Wood.

In a rematch of last year’s title game, the defending champion Lancers are set to take on Wood and the Wildcats 7 p.m. Saturday at Campbell’s Westmont High.

“I’m super excited to play them again,” said St. Francis’ standout running back/defensive back Alex Andrighetto, whose team prevailed 17-0 a year ago on a wet Westmont field. “There’s a rivalry with Los Gatos.”

The top-seeded Lancers and No. 2 Wildcats are both 9-3 and coming off blowout wins. St. Francis pounded Paly 45-21 Friday night, while Los Gatos mauled Menlo-Atherton 35-6 behind Wood’s 213 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Andrighetto’s effort wasn’t too shabby, either. The senior made a rousing return from the shoulder injury that had sidelined him for three games.

Andrighetto rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns, punctuated by a 54-yard scamper midway through the third quarter that put his team up 35-21 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point.

“I’m feeling great – especially after that win right there,” Andrighetto said when asked how his shoulder held up in Friday’s home game.

Andrighetto made an impact on defense as well, intercepting a Chryst pass in the second quarter. The Stanford University-bound senior tossed another interception on Paly’s next drive, this one snared by safety Conor Thane.

“We picked off a great quarterback a few times,” Andrighetto said. “We took it as a personal challenge – a DI (college) quarterback coming into our stadium – and we didn’t want to lose.”

Chryst – who threw for five touchdowns a week earlier in the Vikings’ playoff opener – had his struggles against a stingy St. Francis defense. He finished 15-of-34 passing for 291 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first half. The Lancers sacked Chryst three times and broke up six of his passes.

Chryst wasn’t helped by his ground game; Paly rushed for -5 yards Friday. The quarterback accounted for the Vikings’ longest run of the night – a 10-yard scramble in the fourth quarter.

St. Francis, meanwhile, had little trouble running the ball. Behind its big and physical offensive line, the team rushed for 362 yards on 57 carries.

Andrighetto wasn’t the lone Lancer to surpass 100 yards on the ground. Halfback Landon Baty totaled 121 yards, scoring on a 28-yard run on St. Francis’ first play from scrimmage. The senior broke through the middle and high-stepped into the end zone.

Baty fumbled on the Lancers’ next drive, however, and Paly (6-6) scored six plays later on Chryst’s 71-yard bomb to Eli Givens.

St. Francis produced the next two touchdowns on 5-yard runs by Andrighetto to lead 21-7 early in the second quarter.

But the Lancers fumbled the ball away on their following two possessions and the fifth-seeded Vikings took advantage of the second one. Chryst connected with Keesan Johnson on a 28-yard pass into the left side of the end zone. The extra point cut St. Francis’ lead to 21-14 with 1:56 remaining in the half.

That turned out to be plenty of time for the Lancers to respond. Less than a minute later, quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie completed his lone pass of the night (he only threw three) to receiver Trillion Hebert for a 68-yard score.

St. Francis’ 28-14 lead didn’t last long. Paly’s Malcolm Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

That’s as close as the game would get. The Vikings mustered only one first down in the second half, while St. Francis added touchdown runs by Andrighetto and Devin Hurtado, along with Fordham’s field goal for good measure.


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Palo Alto High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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