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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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Los Altos boys beat Paly in league basketball game


R. ALan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Danny Rosenbaum puts up a shot after driving into the lane against Paly.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team has looked worthy of that promotion to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Elevated after an undefeated season in the El Camino Division, the Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in the De Anza Division. Los Altos followed a 20-point win at Milpitas with a 68-60 victory over visiting Palo Alto last week.

“It was a solid win over a very good team,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose Eagles improved to 10-5 overall.

Los Altos jumped to a 19-11 lead after one quarter, but the Vikings rallied to lead by two at halftime and by three entering the final quarter of the Jan. 15 game.

That’s when the Eagles made their move. Los Altos outscored Paly 24-13 in the fourth.

“Fortunately, we had the last of the runs and time ran out with us up and (we got) the win,” McFarlane said.

Danny Rosenbaum spurred the rally, scoring nine of his 18 points – including a deep 3 – in the period. The junior “had an explosive run to finish the game,” McFarlane said, “and his solid decision-making and assertive play was the difference for us offensively.”

Steven Garverick totaled 20 points to pace the Eagles; Lambie Lanman added 13 and Joe Malgesini scored 11, including what McFarlane called “a clutch 3-pointer.”

Flourishing in the fourth quarter, Mountain View beat Los Gatos 40-30 Jan. 15. The Spartans outscored the Wildcats 13-3 in the period for their first De Anza Division win of the year.

John McAlister poured in 19 points – which included four 3-pointers – to lead visiting Mountain View (1-1 division, 5-9 overall).

Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League standings by defeating King’s Academy 60-49 Jan 14.

Kyle Murphy and Ryan Brice tallied 14 points each for the Panthers (3-0 league, 11-2 overall).

“The team played really well,” Pinewood coach Mani Messy said.

After facing little resistance prior to league – winning its 10 games by an average of 25 points – St. Francis has encountered plenty of it in the West Catholic Athletic League. The Lancers fell to 0-3 with last week’s 53-51 home loss to Valley Christian.

St. Francis entered the fourth quarter with a three-point advantage Jan. 14, but the Warriors outscored them 18-13 the rest of the way.

Noah Stapes led the Lancers with 16 points.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to nine games with last week’s 36-29 decision at Fremont. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the El Camino Division and 10-3 overall.

Meghan McDermott scored 11 points and Meg Enthoven added 10 for Los Altos, which created separation from the Firebirds with a 10-4 third-quarter run.

Girls soccer

Host Pinewood came from behind to top Woodside Priory 2-1 Thursday in a WBAL Foothill Division game.

After surrendering a goal off a corner kick, the Panthers tied the match off a corner of their own in the 33rd minute. Nicole Colonna’s kick soared to Etelle Stephan, who headed the ball to Courtney Copriviza and she booted it into the goal. Stephan scored the game-winner in the 75th minute off a free kick, heading the ball into the net.

“The girls played their hearts out,” said Michael Tetzlaff, whose Pinewood squad improved to 2-3 in the WBAL and 2-10 overall, “and as a coach you thrive on those kinds of games where either team could have won, but your team pulls it out with five minutes to go.”

Tied at 1 at halftime, St. Francis scored two second-half goals to beat Presentation 3-1 Jan. 14.

Sophia Villalta, Xochitl Hunter and Delaney Baie Pridham scored for the visiting Lancers, who improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 8-3 overall.

Wrestling

Los Altos fell 45-34 at Cupertino Thursday in El Camino Division action. The undermanned Eagles (1-1 league) had to forfeit four weight classes.

Five of Los Altos’ six wins came via pin: Joseph Donnelly at 106 pounds, Zachary Cano at 132, Carter Lee at 138, James Sobrino at 145 and Javier Contreras at 160. Sean Lanoza (152 pounds) produced the Eagles’ other win, an 11-2 decision.

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