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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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Tips for easing your child's anxiety about the first day of school: ARA Content

For children - and some parents - the summer vacation flies by, and all too soon it's time to head back to school. As fall approaches, so does back-to-school stress. School children worry about everything from their new teacher to missing the bus or forgetting their lunch. The worrying can be especially bad for children going to school for the first time, or for those moving on to middle or high school.

Parents can help make the transition a fun and exciting experience. Share a story from your school days with your child. Did you go to school one day in second grade without your homework? Did you get teased in middle school? Did you get lost the first day of high school? Sharing these stories will let your children know that you have been through what they're experiencing and that you've lived to joke about it.

Here are a few additional tips for making the switch from summer to school go more smoothly.

While these suggestions are especially helpful when dealing with younger children, some of them will be useful with older ones as well.

A week before the first day of school, have your children start going to bed at their school-night bedtime instead of the summertime bedtime.

Establish a routine that includes taking a bath or shower, brushing teeth and relaxing with a book. Set an alarm clock for the correct wake-up time. This will help with fears of not waking up and missing the school bus.

To help establish those important bedtime routines, give your children something to look forward to.

They can brush their teeth with toothbrushes and toothpaste featuring characters from the popular videos or Woody Woodpecker and slip into fun pajamas sporting Curious George.

Make shopping for school supplies a family affair. Most schools provide students with a list of required items, but even these necessities can be fun to shop for. The wide variety of styles and themes to choose from lets children express their individuality.

If your child is worried about getting lost in a new school, arrange for a tour before the start of the year.

Use the tour to find your child's classroom, the lunchroom, the bathroom and other landmarks. If your child is riding the bus for the first time, do a dry run of the bus route in your car so your child knows what to expect.

Get in the habit of choosing school clothes the night before. This will help the morning get off to a calm start.

If your children pick their own clothes you'll avoid arguments about what they want to wear, and getting them dressed will be less of a battle.

Have your kids load up their backpacks the night before. Check for lunch money, library books, school supplies and anything else they may need. This eliminates a mad rush around the house in the morning looking for that misplaced homework.

Sometimes children need encouragement to develop new, more efficient habits.

For example, they're more likely to use that new backpack if they've had a say in picking it out. If your children take lunch to school, they can choose a matching lunch box as well.

All of these simple steps add up to a happy start for the school term, setting the tone for a successful year to come. Who knows? Your children may even look forward to the first day of school.

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