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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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Foothill College men and women reach state semifinals in soccer

The Foothill College men’s soccer team’s sensational season could be described as an international effort.

The Owls reached the state semifinals for the first time in 27 years with a roster featuring 10 players from foreign countries.

“I feel that’s one of my strengths as a coach – blending players from different cultures,” said Tom Liner, who this month capped his 17th season at Foothill. “I played overseas for three years in Austria and understand what it’s like to be from a different culture than a lot of your teammates.”

The coach noted that Foothill has always attracted a large contingent of international students, so it’s not unusual to have several foreign players on the squad. This year’s roster included seven athletes from Sweden, two from Brazil and one from Austria.

Two of the Swedes – sophomore defenders Eric Bohlin and Robin Skarvik – have played together since age 10. Bohlin was recently named an All-American.

Freshman goalie Marcel Berghofer of Austria posted the best goals-against average in the state.

Leading scorer Edgardo Molina is from the area. The freshman from Menlo-Atherton High tallied 13 goals. He shared captain duties with Bohlin and Skarvik.

Skarvik’s goal off a corner kick in the 93rd minute lifted the Owls to their playoff-opening win, 1-0 over visiting Feather River. Seventh-seeded Foothill – in the postseason for the seventh straight year – then went on the road and beat American River 5-3.

The Owls’ next game was much closer. Foothill edged host Santa Rosa 1-0 on a shot by Brazilian forward Nikolas Ferro in the 89th minute.

The victory sent the Owls (14-4-5) to the state semis in Sacramento, where they faced four-time defending state champ Mt. San Antonio. After a scoreless first half, Foothill fell 2-1.

Soon after Bohlin’s late goal cut the Owls’ deficit in half, forward Octovio Perez nearly scored the equalizer.

“He missed by a foot to the keeper’s left with about five minutes to go,” Liner said.

Although this ranks as his most successful season, Liner won’t rate it higher than past years: “They’re all satisfying.”

He credited much of this year’s success to “the real family atmosphere” surrounding his team. He added that the aura extended to the women’s team, which advanced to the state semis as well.

“We like to think of it as one whole program as opposed to two teams,” Liner said.

The women reached the state final four for the first time.

“This was a special season for us,” coach Owen Flannery said of his 16-6-3 squad. “The girls were dedicated and very hardworking from the very first practice.”

The Owls upset two higher-ranked teams – Fresno and Cosumnes River – on their way to the semis, where they lost 7-0 to defending state champ Cerritos.

Sophomore forward Brittany Squarcia, a Homestead High graduate, led Foothill with 18 goals and 10 assists this season.

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