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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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Singh tops elders at pair of FCWT golf tournaments


Forget her age – Simar Singh is proof that the only number that counts on the golf course is the score. The 13-year-old from Los Altos has already won two Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tournaments this season, despite being the youngest girl in the field.

In a span of only two months, Singh captured titles at FCWT junior tournaments at San Jose’s Coyote Creek Golf Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Links, beating golfers five and four years older, respectively.

“It’s good competition and fun to play with them,” she said of facing older players.

Singh’s most recent win occurred Jan. 12 at Half Moon Bay, where she won the girls 15-19 division. The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader shot a 155 over two rounds. She topped the leaderboard at the end of the first with a 76 and held on the second day to edge 17-year-old Clementina Rodriguez of South Carolina by two strokes.

“She was a really good player,” Singh said of Rodriguez, a junior being recruited by several colleges. “It was tough to battle with her, but it was really fun.”

In November, Singh defeated 18-year-old Sarah Archuleta of Oregon by three strokes to win the girls 15-18 division at Coyote Creek. Singh shot a two-round total of 152. She bagged five birdies, thanks in part to her proficient putting.

“I love putting,” said Singh, who considers it the strength of her game. “It’s probably my favorite part of golf. It’s really helped me a lot – especially at Half Moon Bay.”

Singh added that she sunk putts “that were crucial for me” against challenger Rodriguez, whom she described as “a great putter.”

But Singh said her best shot of the day was a drive on the par-3 13th hole (130 yards). Using her 8 iron, Singh stuck the ball 5 feet from the hole. She then made the birdie putt.

“That was a good momentum booster,” she said.

Singh doesn’t make such shots by accident – she practices six days a week at the Stanford University Golf Course. Not that Singh is complaining.

“Golf is different every day,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Singh took up golf at age 8 – dad Biri introduced her to the sport – and she’s been hooked ever since. Singh played her first tournament less than a year later and now competes in 30 to 40 events per year.

Next up: the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, an American Junior Golf Association tourney scheduled Feb. 14-16 in Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I’m super excited,” said Singh, who aspires to play collegiately at Stanford.

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