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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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Panthers put up 80 in victory


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School guard Marissa Hing puts up a shot in Friday’s game against Valley Christian-Dublin. She scored 12 points.

Friday’s rematch of girls basketball teams that met in the Northern California Division V semifinals – Pinewood School and Valley Christian-Dublin – featured virtually the same players as last year, but the score was vastly different.

Pinewood won again, only this time it wasn’t close. The host Panthers prevailed 80-41 over the Vikings, who never led in the non-league contest. Eleven players scored for Pinewood, paced by sophomore Chloe Eackles’ 13 points.

“We shot well tonight,” said coach Doc Scheppler, whose team made only 10 of 47 shots from the field in the 37-30 win at Valley Christian last March. “That’s how we can play. It’s not like we played a terrible team. To beat them by that much shows we’re pretty good.”

Each team entered Friday’s game with just one loss and surely could meet again in the NorCal playoffs. The Panthers, off to an 11-1 start, have set their sights on returning to Sacramento for another shot at the state crown.

“We’ve improved so much from last year,” Pinewood senior Leeana Bade said. “I think we can make it to state this year and hopefully we win this time.”

If the Panthers continue to play like they did Friday, that’s a distinct possibility.

“We’ve been playing a lot like this lately,” said Bade, whose stat line included four points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. “This is how we should always be playing.”

Pinewood jumped to a 9-0 lead just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Monique McDevitt started it off by burying a baseline 3 and Eackles dropped in a pair of treys from the top of the key.

By quarter’s end, McDevitt drilled another 3 and Gabi Bade (Leeana’s younger sister) knocked one down as well. Coupled with layins from Kendahl Wallis-Lang and Leeana Bade, the Panthers led 19-12.

Pinewood, which nailed five of its eight shots from 3-point range in the opening quarter, made three more in the second to pull away from Valley Christian (9-2). Eackles, Gabi Bade and freshman Priya Sundaresan connected from 3 on consecutive possessions, part of a 16-0 run featuring points from six players.

Point guard Marissa Hing capped the spurt by scoring three points the hard way – making a layin after getting knocked to the floor, then hitting the free throw. This put Pinewood ahead 36-14 with 3:07 remaining in the half.

“By and large, we got shots, got to the rim and finished plays,” Scheppler said. “That’s a classic Pinewood game.”

The Panthers closed the half with a layin by freshman Akayla Hackson just before the buzzer. Hing set it up by driving the lane, attracting the defense’s attention, before dishing the ball to Hackson under the hoop.

Hing totaled six assists, 12 points and four rebounds.

“Marissa was awesome,” Scheppler said.

Ahead 42-21 at intermission, Pinewood pushed its advantage to 27 points by the end of the third quarter on Hing’s right-side trey with two ticks left.

The Panthers turned to their bench for much of the fourth, playing four freshmen at times. All of them scored in the quarter and Sundaresan finished the game with 11 points.

“I think I was most pleased by our group in the fourth quarter,” Scheppler said. “They didn’t let down – they got shots and defensively did a great job against their starters that were still in the game. Our freshmen came in and did a great job.”

Pinewood is scheduled to host International 6:30 p.m. today – its final tune-up before starting West Bay Athletic League play.


2013 girls basketball: Pinewood School vs. Valley Christian - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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