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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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Thomas Robert Conlon, a devoted teacher, remained active in Los Altos Hills affairs

Thomas Robert Conlon, a 30-year resident of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully of cancer on Sept. 11. He was 71.

The firstborn son of native San Franciscans, "Tom" Conlon grew up an altar boy and on the ballfields of San Francisco's Portola district.

He was a graduate of St. Joseph's School (1953) and received his bachelor's degree from St. Patrick's Seminary (1955) and master's degree from the University of San Francisco (1967).

Mr. Conlon played tennis and rode his bike through the apricot orchards of Los Altos Hills long before the town was incorporated. He also served in the U.S. Army (Germany, 1959).

Known to his classmates as "Dink," Conlon was educated as a priest but called to teach.

For 36 years, Mr. Conlon was a master teacher at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.

There, he opened thousands of minds to Aristotle, Yeats and everything in between. His heart, home, family, library and travels were all as open to his students as his classroom.

The unofficial ambassador of Tripoli, Conn., Mr. Conlon was social and active in town affairs. If he didn't know you, he likely knew your neighbor or kin.

Husband of 42 years to June M. Conlon, Mr. Conlon is also survived by his brother and sister, Patrick J. and Sister Ann M. Conlon; four children, Thomas P. Conlon (Taylor McCandless), Pamela M. Sandhu (Kulwant), Edward D. Conlon (Elisa Stephens) and Hillary A. Conlon (Louis Demers); and seven grandchildren, Hanspreet, Chandpreet, and Raspreet Sandhu, Sage and Emma Conlon, and Elia and Brigitte Demers.

These and hundreds of other family members, friends, students, neighbors, colleagues, seminarians and Lions around the world will surely miss him.

A memorial service, with a reception to follow, will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 3, at Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post St. (at Mason), San Francisco. Interment will be private. Gifts to the Thomas R. Conlon Scholarship Fund are welcome: University of San Francisco Development Office, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco 94117.

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