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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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Eagles lose element of surprise


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Julia Goupil, front, battles a Monta Vista player for the ball. Host Los Altos prevailed 6-0.

Returning 16 players and nearly every starter from last year’s talented team, the Los Altos High girls soccer squad doesn’t lack for much this season. The Eagles’ biggest loss may have been the element of surprise.

After winning the 2013 Central Coast Section Division II championship with a stunning playoff run that included upsets of Mitty and St. Francis, the Eagles are a marked team.

“It’s going to be a much more difficult road to CCS this year,” said midfielder Allie Crum, who scored game-winning goals against Mitty in the semifinals and St. Francis in the final. “Since we are no longer under the radar, teams expect much more, and therefore want to take us down.”

That may help explain Los Altos’ so-so start. The team entered league with a 2-2-1 record. After tying Palo Alto to open SCVAL De Anza Division play, the Eagles blew out Monta Vista last week.

“I don’t know if it was the best game yet,” Crum said of the 6-0 home win, “but we definitely played well and developed our chemistry.”

Los Altos used a balanced attack to whip the winless Matadors (0-7-1), getting goals and/or assists from five players Jan 15. Sophomore Tess Wendelken and freshman Emily Pye scored two goals each for the Eagles, while junior Rebecca Andrews and senior Julia Goupil had one apiece. Pye and Crum both notched two assists; Andrews and freshman Stephanie Campos earned an assist each.

Pye has a team-high 13 points this season; Andrews is next with nine and Crum’s six ranks third.

The defense dominated Monta Vista as well, posting its second shutout of the season. Junior Elena Strawn and sophomore Carrie Wendelken (Tess’ twin) split time in goal, combining for three saves. Carrie Wendelken, who starred in the playoffs, has 22 saves this year.

“We are still concentrating on our overall team defense that was so important to our success last year,” Crum said, “but we are also focusing on our attack and making opportunities in the final third of the field.”

Los Altos finished third in league a year ago, just behind Los Gatos and Mountain View. The Eagles are scheduled to host the rival Spartans 3:30 p.m. today.

“Like the last few years, Los Gatos and Mountain View will be tough competitors,” Crum said, “Palo Alto is also back in our league, and they are a very talented team. But as we learned firsthand last year, it’s really anyone’s game.”

While repeating as CCS champs is the ultimate goal, Crum stressed the importance of performing well in league to achieve that objective.

“We need to keep reminding ourselves that it’s possible to go far in CCS, but we also can’t go into any game with the mindset that we are automatically going to win,” she said. “It’s a long journey to CCS, so we’re taking it one game at a time.”

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