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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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MARION LOUISE "MAY LOU" WINCOTE ELLIOTT: FEBRUARY 11, 1923 - FEBRUARY 13, 2010

Marion passed away peacefully at the age of 87. The daughter of Charles B. Wincote and Vivian Wincote, Marion was born and raised in San Diego, California and graduated from San Diego High School in 1941. An advocate for life-long learning, she continued her studies at San Diego State University, and later received an AA degree in Library Science and a BA in Art History from San Jose State University in 1978. During World War II she put her talents to work for her country as a draftsman for a San Diego aircraft manufacturer.

Marion was an accomplished athlete who excelled in badminton, tennis, horseback riding and sailing. As a highly creative and curious person, she loved to work in ceramics, textile crafts, jewelry, stained glass, and brass rubbing, but her greatest love was traveling the world and experiencing history in person. As an avid geneologist all her life, Marion compiled and published many detailed family histories, including an autobiography and other stories about her beloved grandfather, Admiral William H. Standley.

Marion was predeceased by her beloved child, Kent and brother, Standley B. Wincote. She is survived by her sister, Vivian Ray Wilson, her former husband, Dr. Hugh W. Elliott and her children, Vivian Wenger, Craig and Pam Elliott, Tracy and Edward Silva, and Kirk and Colleen Elliott. She will also be greatly missed by her cherished grandchildren Kayla Silva, Matthew Wenger, and Cole, Chase, and Craig Elliott.

A memorial service has been held on Saturday February 27, 2010 at Spangler’s Los Altos Chapel. 399 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos and was followed by a gathering of friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA 94043.

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