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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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Doughnut shop to reopen with new name, new owners

Heidi Pizzo, co-owner of Donut du Jour, believes that it's time to renovate the doughnut.

Pizzo and her father and co-owner, Daniel Cottrell, 59, who was a journeyman baker for 25 years, intend to make eating a doughnut an experience of important culinary distinction.

Their shop will host a grand opening June 16 on State Street.

"I want to tweak the doughnut industry and improve its image," Pizzo said, referring to the somewhat staid image of the traditional doughnut shop serving a grease-laden array of doughnuts under harsh fluorescent lighting with linoleum floors.

"We're tearing out the linoleum floors and putting down wood floors," Pizzo said. "And those pink-colored walls will be earth tones."

She intends to take on the challenge of bringing the doughnut into equal status among consumers with a taste for croissants, biscotti and lattes. "The doughnut shop industry hasn't modernized," Pizzo said.

Donut du Jour will occupy a 600-square-foot space that has held a doughnut shop continuously since 1965. Most recently, Lucky Donuts occupied the space for about 20 years, before selling to Pizzo and Cottrell in April.

Cottrell's baking expertise should ensure that Donut du Jour delivers a superior product, Pizzo said.

"Not only does my dad know how to bake doughnuts, he has a few tricks that he adds to the recipes," Pizzo said. "My dad is a baker. He has it in his blood. It's who he is."

"Our plan is to regularly offer new products and flavors," Pizzo said. "How about a coconut cream-filled doughnut rolled in burnt coconut?"

She envisions a shop where a customer can sip a cup of coffee, eat a doughnut and relax.

"I want to know my customers by name and I want them to know us."

The shop will serve imported Italian Illy coffee, a selection of teas, homemade hot chocolate, milk, bottled water and sodas.

Menu items are priced from less than $1 to $1.75.

Donut du Jour is located at 108 State St. Hours are 5 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (408) 595-5923.

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