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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 Student Named National Semi-finalist at American Legion 76th Annual Oratorical Contest


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After winning the California Oratorical Contest, Los Altos student Kate Park represented the state at The American Legion’s 76th National High School Oratorical Contest. The oratorical contest is a constitutional speech contest. After winning quarterfinals, Park advanced to the semi-finals and received a $3,000 scholarship. News: Nationals: http://www.legion.org/oratorical/214872/nine-oratorical-contestants-advance-semifinals http://www.legion.org/oratorical California: http://www.calegion.org/ Menlo Park - Atherton patch: http://menlopark-atherton.patch.com/announcements/student-wins-1st-place-at-the-76th-annual-oratorical-contest Menlo School Newspaper: http://coa.menloschool.org/?p=6420

 

California Oratorical Champion Calls for America's Voice

On April 19, 2013, the American Legion hosted the 76th annual National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis.  The contest promotes awareness of the United States Constitution and obligations of citizens to our government among high school students.

Los Altos student Kate Park, junior at Menlo School, represented California at the National Finals on April 19 in Indianapolis.  At nationals, she advanced to the semi-finals and received a $3,000 scholarship.  Before competing at nationals, Park won the California state championship and an additional $2,000 scholarship.

At each round, the audience witness an incredible displays of young talent as students presented powerful orations on different aspects of the Constitution.  After delivering an 8 to 10-minute speech about the Constitution, each student speaks on a topic randomly selected by the audience.  The chosen topic at the California state championship and semi-finals was the right to bear arms, a controversial issue nationwide due to the recent Sandy Hook Shooting.  

Park's speech titled "The People's Voice" inspired the audience.  One judge commented that she was touched by the powerful message to speak up, and was sold by Park’s logic concerning gun control. Park commented, "The experience was challenging but rewarding.  This opportunity motivated me to research the Constitution and national issues.  I think wonderful that American Legion hosts this event for high school students.  I want to especially thank district commander Mr. Peters, Mr. Hale, and Department Commander and Oratorical Chair Mr. Robert Biby."  

 

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