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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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ROBERT GRAHAM: Obituary Notices

Died peacefully on March 21, 2009, age 86. Predeceased by his beloved wife Chella in 2003, and by his only son Douglas in February 2009. Survived by brothers Eldon (Vicky) of Michigan, Donald (Phyllis) of Florida, and Loren (Pat) of Massachusetts. Also survived by three daughters, in California: Margaret Lovetro and Patricia (Brad) Caftel, and, in Arizona: Susan (Doug) Rusk and granddaughter Lauren. Born on his grandparents' farm in Indiana, Bob learned early the values of working hard and building a strong character. His father had to struggle during the Depression to find work as a school teacher. So poor that he was literally a starving student, Bob attended Purdue University. The degree in electrical engineering he earned there provided him a long career as an engineer working for Sylvania in Pennsylvania, New York, and Mountain View, and then for Varian Associates in Palo Alto. During World War II, he worked on a top secret project that helped win the war, the proximity fuze. He became an expert in high power traveling wave tubes, and for most of his career specialized in satellite communications. His co-workers say he was always helpful, and he mentored many younger engineers. He was pleased to be mentioned in Norm Pond's book The Tube Guys. Bob lived in Los Altos for more than 50 years. He and Chella enjoyed traveling, and he was proud to have driven a car in all fifty states, plus Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Bob was very handy and could fix just about anything. He loved Big Band music and had a playful sense of humor. Donations appreciated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At rest at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto. Arrangements by Colonial Mortuary, Mountain View.

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