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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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Hold the phone for Foothill College spring musical Bells Are Ringing

Foothill College welcomes back the Golden Age of Broadway with its winter production of the vintage musical comedy, "Bells Are Ringing." The show opens Friday and continues through March 24 in the studio theater at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Evening performances are slated for Friday and Saturday, March 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at 8 p.m. Afternoon matinees will be staged March 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Under the direction of Foothill College Theater Arts Instructor Jay Manley, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" stars Mary Messano of Mountain View; Robert Solis and Doug Baird of San Jose; and Victoria Graham of Sunnyvale.

"'Bells Are Ringing' is pure fun," Manley said. "It's that kind of old-fashioned musical comedy where characters are likable, they face impossible and improbable challenges, and the inevitable happy ending is never in doubt.

"Most importantly, the entire proceedings are a joyous pretext for an explosion of song and dance. The Styne-Comden-Green team gives us songs that bubble up with warmth, humor, wit, exuberance, satire and infectious fun."

A cast of 24 student thespians will revive nostalgic tunes, including "The Party's Over," "I Met a Girl," and "Just in Time."

Additional cast members include Mark Baushke, Jacqueline Levy, Elizabeth Maggio, Kristi Rogers and Howard Stateman of Sunnyvale; Doug Brees of Menlo Park; Susan Callaway of Los Altos; Chuck Coley and Patti Schulz of Burlingame; Alan Lason, Jonathan Mann, Hisako Okada, David Palmer, Reggie Reynolds and Vicki Ulrich of San Jose; Ricardo Marenco of Milpitas; Barbara Mock and Leslie Shkolnik of Mountain View; Ron Packard of Fremont; Christopher Shore of Los Gatos; and Dina Stubbe of Saratoga.

With music composed by Jule Styne and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" is produced by Foothill College music theater, a program that works to present neglected or little-known shows worthy of revival.

Joe Ragey of Los Altos Hills is set designer; Janis Bergmann of Los Altos Hills is costume designer.

Advance tickets are $12 general; $10 for students and senior citizens; $8 for children under age 12. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Foothill College Box Office at 949-4444.

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