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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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Student Asian Unity group holds haiku contest

The Bay Area Asian Unity (BAAU) organization recently sponsored a haiku competition for Pinewood, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Gunn and Foothill high schools.

BAAU collected 300 student-composed haikus from the schools and awarded the authors of the 10 best entries $50 gift certificates to various local Japanese restaurants, including Fuki Sushi, Kaygetsu and Mikuni. The restaurants and E3 Youth Philanthropy co-sponsored the competition.

The winners of the competition were Cynthia Wang, Marco Siccardo, Keli Thurston, Sarah Foad, Anny Dow, Nhut T. Nguyen, Preethi Subramanian, Kelly Wang, Faye Cheng and Shweta Gouind.

According to Mingbo Gong, president and founder of BAAU and a junior at Pinewood, the purpose of the haiku competition was to expose students to Asian literature and spread awareness of Asian culture.

"From this project, we wanted students to learn more about Asian literature while having fun," Gong said. "The BAAU mission is to bring Asian culture to the community."

Gong said the project succeeded.

"I am satisfied (with the competition), and I hope that more schools will participate in our future projects so that we can expand awareness of Asian culture in a larger community," Allen Lee, BAAU member, said.

Members of BAAU are planning several other projects to promote Asian culture.

"We will have more projects, such as an Asian food drive, and we're planning to start an Asian culture magazine," Gong said.

BAAU has teamed up with One Dollar For Life, a non-profit organization, to help raise funds for the construction of an elementary school in Indonesia, a project in which 10 of its member high schools are participating. BAAU members have encouraged students who want to help with the project to donate money through classroom boxes in January, when fundraising for the Indonesia project will officially begin.

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