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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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Inexperienced Eagles hope to squeeze into soccer playoffs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Farzan Fallah, center, battles two Palo Alto players for the ball.

A year after guiding the most-experienced team in his 16 seasons at Los Altos High, boys soccer coach Vava Marques finds himself with perhaps the least-experienced squad of his tenure.

The Eagles lost 14 players to graduation last spring, leaving Marques with only four returnees this winter.

“We’re a very young team,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of seniors or kids who played (varsity) last year.”

The Los Altos roster comprises four seniors, 13 juniors and six sophomores. Of the seniors, only midfielder Eylam Fried played significant minutes last season.

Yet having all that experience a year ago did not translate into wins. Los Altos went 4-10-5 overall and finished fifth in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Marques expects to do better this season, though he’s not promising a Central Coast Section championship.

“We’re an OK team – we’ll be in the middle of the pack (in league),” he said. “We’re hoping to go over .500 and get to CCS. Maybe we can squeeze into third place and get an automatic (playoff) berth.”

The Eagles opened league play last week with a 3-1 loss to Palo Alto, a team Marques considers a title contender, along with defending champ Mountain View. Los Altos trailed 2-0 at halftime of the Jan. 8 home game. The Eagles scored early in the second half on a shot by Kunal Patel, assisted by Max de Visser.

Marques ranks Patel and fellow junior forward Farzan Fallah as the team’s top players on offense.

“They’re very fast and can beat players one-on-one,” the coach said. “We hope they can open up (chances) for someone else or they score themselves.”

Goals have been difficult to come by for Los Altos, which has mustered just 10 over seven games. In their six non-league matches – which they split – the Eagles only twice scored more than one goal.

Los Altos lacks a dominant scorer, getting goals from several players.

“We’re balanced,” Marques said.

The team’s strength is on defense, according to the coach. The Eagles have surrendered 12 goals, posting shutouts against Pajaro Valley and Menlo-Atherton.

Fullbacks de Visser (a junior) and Nicky McConnell (sophomore) spearhead the defense.

“They’re tall, aggressive and good on the ball,” Marques said. “They’re good leaders, too.”

Juniors Ricardo Juarez and Chris Lytle split time in goal.

“Ricky is shorter and Chris is taller; they’re pretty even,” the coach said. “I’ve been happy with them.”

Midfielders Fried and Matt Schonher, a junior, are co-captains of the team.

“They’re doing a good job,” Marques said.

Schonher, who also plays football, “is stronger this year and will help us,” the coach added.

Although Los Altos hasn’t looked that strong lately – dropping four consecutive games after a 3-0 start – Marques sees plenty of potential in his youthful squad. He pointed to the Dec. 11 match against Menlo-Atherton – a 3-0 home victory – as proof of what the Eagles are capable of doing.

“It was a very intense game against a very good team,” Marques said. “We matched their intensity and were extremely composed. It was the best game we’ve played so far.”

Los Altos’ next game is slated 3:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara.


2013 boys soccer: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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