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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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Repeat no easy feat for Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Katie Munro dribbles up court against visiting St. Francis last week. The sophomore starts at shooting guard.

Taking over a team that placed first in its division last season doesn’t make this season any easier, according to Los Altos High girls basketball coach Jaclyn Brode. It’s just the opposite.

“I think it’s tougher to defend the title than win the title,” she said, “but I still like our chances.”

The Eagles won’t have to contend with the team they shared the SCVAL El Camino Division championship with – rival Mountain View has been promoted to the De Anza Division – but there are other challenges.

Los Altos is learning a new system of offense (up-tempo) and defense (man-to-man) while adjusting to life without all-league guard Ideen Seyed, who graduated in June. Last season she totaled 325 points – 128 more than the Eagles’ second-highest scorer.

Replacing Seyed’s scoring will likely take a team effort. Not one of the Eagles’ six returnees averaged more than eight points per game and their top newcomer won’t be available until January.

“We’re missing that 3-point threat,” said Brode, whose team is off to a 2-3 start.

Meg Enthoven, who started as a freshman last year, will be counted on for scoring and rebounding. She grabbed double-digit rebounds in Los Altos’ first two games and scored a season-high 10 points in a loss to Willow Glen Dec. 3.

“She’s fearless around the rim,” Brode said of the 5-foot-8 Enthoven. “She worked on her guard skills over the summer and now feels stuck between a guard and a forward, and we’re asking her to do both. It’s a lot to ask, but the effort is there.”

Fellow sophomore Katie Munro – another returnee – “got a lot better over the summer,” according to Brode, who wants the guard to take more shots. Munro paced the Eagles with nine points in Thursday’s 46-15 rout of Prospect.

Los Altos has already benefited from the return of forward Meghan McDermott, who missed the first two games because she was part of a Los Altos volleyball team that reached the Northern California final. The 5-foot-9 senior scored a game-high 19 points in last week’s 54-33 setback to St. Francis.

“Meghan keeps improving and is one of our better players,” Brode said. “She knows how to get open in the low post.”

McDermott isn’t the only two-sport athlete on the squad. Junior Rebecca Andrews is on the soccer team, which has a similar season as basketball.

“Soccer is her top sport, so she makes it (to basketball) when she can,” Brode said. “She has excellent footwork and is a great defender.”

Andrews and senior Kelly Hamamoto handle the point-guard duties.

Brode hopes to gain more backcourt scoring when Allegra Maeso joins the team. Due to transfer rules, the sophomore won’t be eligible to play until Jan. 6 – the day before the league opener at Santa Clara.

Although Los Altos struggled against Maeso’s former school, St. Francis, Brode wasn’t completely discouraged by how her team played in the Dec. 10 home game.

“We lost to them by 54 last year,” said the coach, an Eagles assistant a season ago. “They are St. Francis. We just didn’t do things consistently enough to keep up with them. We gave up a lot of offensive boards – they were getting third, fourth and fifth shots – and you’re never going to win doing that.”

Los Altos is scheduled to visit Aptos 7 p.m. Saturday.

2013 girls basketball: St. Francis High School vs. Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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