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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 non-profit Hoopoe Books invokes oral traditions to promote Afghan literacy

Photo Courtesy Of Booksforafghanistan.org

Children in Afghanistan are learning to read, thanks in part to the efforts of Hoopoe Books, a Los Altos-based non-profit group.

A grant from the U.S. government and the work of a Los Altos-based non-profit has enabled stories from Afghanistan’s centuries-old oral tradition to teach reading and thinking skills to U.S. children since 1998. Now the published stories are being employed for the same purposes in their country of origin.

In 1998, Hoopoe Books, a division of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, began publishing a series of illustrated children’s stories from the storytelling tradition of Afghanistan. To date, more than 600,000 Hoopoe books have been distributed in the U.S., used in schools and educational agencies across the country.

The popularity of the books in the U.S. led Hoopoe to launch a project, Books for Afghanistan, to repatriate the stories to Afghanistan, with a goal to develop the core skills in Afghan children and revitalize a storytelling tradition disrupted by more than three decades of conflict.

With the support of the Afghan Ministry of Education, since 2009 Hoopoe has distributed books and ancillary materials to libraries, schools and orphanages throughout Afghanistan in collaboration with the Khatiz Organization for Rehabilitation.

In summer 2010, Hoopoe’s Books for Afghanistan program came to the attention of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, resulting in a Public Diplomacy Grant award of $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of State to print and distribute more than 2.5 million books.

“Almost three-quarters of all Afghans over the age of 15 are illiterate – a disproportionate number of them female – and 5 million of the country’s 12 million school-age children have no access to education,” said Hoopoe Director Sally Mallam. “The need to increase literacy for all Afghans is vital as their country struggles to achieve stability, autonomy and peace, so there’s a huge amount of work still to be done.”

For more information, visit www.booksforafghanistan.org, email Mallam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 948-0243.

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