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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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MV edges LA in boys hoops


pecial to the Town Crier Mountain View’s Corey Fitz shoots over Pinewood player Kyle Murphy in last week’s game, the season opener for both basketball teams. Pinewood prevailed 31-21. The Panthers and Spartans each took third at a tournament last weekend.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team has found points hard to come by this season, but the Spartans didn’t need many to beat rival Los Altos.

Mountain View edged the Eagles 37-36 Saturday in the third-place game at the Cupertino Tournament. The Spartans – who four games into the season have yet to exceed 40 points – made six shots in the first half, but they were all 3-pointers.

Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said his squad “came out sluggish” before battling back in the second half behind better defense. The Eagles were in position to make the game-winning shot, but they botched the inbound pass with 1.5 seconds left.

Los Altos, which upset Bellarmine 52-47 Friday behind Joey Malgesini’s 16 points, fell to 1-2. The Spartans improved to 2-2.

Pinewood, which opened the season with a 31-21 home win over Mountain View Dec. 3, finished third in the Redwood Classic last weekend in Booneville.

The Panthers went 3-1 in the tourney, beating Bentley 64-44 in the third-place game behind Greg Naumann’s 26 points.

Girls basketball

Pinewood blasted Homestead 67-15 Thursday in the season-opening Lynbrook Tournament.

The Panthers jumped to a 35-6 lead by halftime and didn’t allow the Mustangs to score more than five points in any quarter.

Leeana Bade scored 13 points for Pinewood; Monique McDevitt and Chloe Eackles added 12 each.

Mountain View opened its season with a 41-36 loss to Lowell Dec. 4 in the Mills Tournament. Jayme Hughes tallied 10 points to pace Mountain View.

Third-quarter troubles doomed St. Francis in a 67-55 season-opening loss at Scotts Valley Dec. 4. The Lancers were outscored 18-9 in the period.

Daisha Abdelkader totaled 14 points for St. Francis and Dagney Duncheon contributed 10.

The Lancers rebounded Saturday, defeating Skyline 48-39 behind Adriana Frazier’s 17 points.

Los Altos secured its first win of the season Thursday, defeating Christopher 51-26 on the road. Rebecca Andrews scored 11 points for the Eagles (1-1); Meghan McDermott and Katie Munro contributed nine each.

Girls soccer

Los Altos split its first two games of the year, following a 3-0 loss to Woodside Dec. 3 with a 9-1 shellacking of Mills Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

Freshman Emily Pye tallied three goals and junior Allie Crum scored two.

St. Francis opened its season with a 7-0 rout of Scotts Valley Dec. 4. Annie Kingman and Sophia Villalta each scored twice.

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