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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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Los Altos High boys beaten by Bells in Monta Vista Tournament title game


Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos High senior Steven Garverick scored a team-high 58 points in last week’s Monta Vista Tournament.

With his Los Altos High boys basketball team facing a Bellarmine squad it stunned a month earlier, coach Bob McFarlane predicted that Saturday’s Monta Vista Tournament final would be a “slugfest.” He was right.

The Bells prevailed 49-46, avenging their 52-47 setback to the Eagles in the Cupertino Tournament. Los Altos fell to 8-5 overall; Bellarmine improved to 5-3.

The Eagles outscored the Bells by five points in the second half Saturday, but they were doomed by a slow start. Los Altos trailed 21-14 at halftime, limited to four points in the second quarter.

As they did throughout the tourney, Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini led the Eagles in scoring. Garverick totaled 17 points in the final and fellow senior Malgesini scored 16.

In Friday’s semifinal – a 67-42 rout of host Monta Vista – Garverick poured in 29 points

“He was an absolute beast, and they had no answers for him,” McFarlane said.

In Thursday’s 60-55 opening-round victory over Liberty, Malgesini tallied 25 points.

“He was unstoppable,” his coach said.

The Eagles are scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play 7 p.m. today at Milpitas.

In other boys basketball action last week:

• St. Francis remained perfect, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 50-42 Friday in nonleague play. The Lancers improved to 10-0. Christopher Lewis paced St. Francis with 16 points.

• Pinewood went 3-0 to win the Head Royce Tournament. The Panthers edged the host team 38-36 in Saturday’s title game. Ryan Brice (nine points in the final) was named tournament MVP and Greg Naumann (eight) made the all-tourney team.

“Our guys have done a great job embracing the team concept aspect of basketball,” coach Mani Messy said.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to seven games with Friday’s 59-41 flogging of Fairfield.

Tied at 10 after the first quarter, the Eagles (8-3) took control in the second period with a 17-11 run and pulled away from there.

Rachel Glein led Los Altos with 15 points and Meghan McDermott added 13.

Opening the game with a 17-2 run, St. Francis made quick work of Washington Saturday. The host Lancers (7-4) prevailed 69-27 behind 17 points from sophomore guard Marisa Mondave.

Girls soccer

Los Altos played host Santa Teresa to a 1-all tie Saturday in non-league action.

Sophomore Stephanie Kouvelas scored for the Eagles (2-2-1).

St. Francis skunked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Friday, improving to 2-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2 overall.

Peyton Cassin notched three goals and an assist; Annie Kingman recorded two goals and three assists.

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