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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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Logan caps volleyball career; Quinlan named All-Freshman

Several college athletes with local roots enjoyed stellar seasons last fall. Their accomplishments follow.

• Los Altos High graduate Paige Logan capped her college volleyball career in November. Introduced on Senior Night as the “greatest player in Caltech history,” she promptly showed why – notching a career-high 25 kills and 18 digs in a four-game loss to West Coast Baptist. Logan leaves the program as the career leader in kills and second in blocks.

• Riley Quinlan of Los Altos, a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, was named to the Western Water Polo Association All-Freshman Team. The utility player recorded four goals, three assists and four steals while playing all 18 games for Air Force. Quinlan was captain of the Bellarmine boys team in 2012, which won the Central Coast Section Division I championship.

• Los Altos resident Olivia Quaglia was one of three members of the Dartmouth College field hockey team to earn All-Ivy League honors. The senior received Honorable Mention distinction after anchoring the Dartmouth defense by playing in the middle of the backfield. Quaglia started all 17 games for the fourth consecutive year. The St. Francis High graduate set career highs for goals (six), assists (six) and defensive saves (five).

• Los Altos High graduates and sisters Laura and Lisa Murphy played in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament. Laura, a junior, started at right defense for Mount Holyoke College; Lisa, a sophomore, played off the bench as a midfielder for Christopher Newport University. Laura’s team reached the round of 16, while Lisa’s squad advanced to the semifinals.

• Tori Carroll, a sophomore outside hitter on the Foothill College women’s volleyball team, was named First Team All-American. The Los Altos native and Homestead High graduate helped the Owls finish first in the Coast Conference South Division and reach the second round of the regional playoffs.

• Aided by Mountain View High graduate Jeremy Gomberg, the University of Redlands men’s golf team won the CSU San Marcos Classic, the final fall tuneup before the spring season. The senior shot a three-round total of 215 to finish sixth overall. The Bulldogs won the tournament by 30 strokes.

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