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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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Schools Briefs

Kindergarten information

Parents of preschool children who will be attending kindergarten in the Los Altos School District in the fall 1998 are invited to attend an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. on either Jan. 22 or Jan. 27 at Almond School's multipurpose room, 550 Almond Ave. in Los Altos.

Teachers and school district administrators will make presentations and hand out information.

To be eligible for the district's 98-99 kindergarten program, children must be five years old on or before Dec. 2, 1998.

They must also reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District. Student pre-registration will begin at all six Los Altos elementary schools at 7 a.m. Feb. 5.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

December was named Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by various community groups to educate residents about the dangers of drinking and driving and to provide solutions. Last year 103 teens in California were killed in alcohol-related crashes. For more information about how to ensure your teen will drive responsibly at all times, call (916) 444-8014, or visit the Office of Safety web site at www.ots.org/ots

Motorist warnings

Motorists will need to use extra caution when approaching a school bus as a result of new legislation that will go into effect tomorrow. According to the new law, bus drivers will be required to activate the flashing red lights at every location, whether or not children will be crossing the roadway, requiring motorists to stop.

Volunteer readers

Volunteers are needed to assist local second graders with reading and writing activities for six Tuesday mornings. With a ratio of two students per volunteer, children and volunteers will together make a journal of "Life in the Second Grade." Training will be provided by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. For more information, please call Linda at 940-6024.

Winter classes at Foothill

Winter classes at Foothill College start Jan. 5 and continue through March 27. Students of all ages and skill levels can enroll in the more than 1,000 courses being offered, including language arts, business science, biological and health sciences, and computer, technology and information systems.

Late registration can be made in person today and Thursday in the Admissions and Records Office.

For more information, call 949-7005.

Holiday giving

Students at Woodside Priory measured, cut and stitched handmade polar fleece blankets to be distributed throughout the winter to needy families and their newborn babies at Stanford Hospital.

Through the nonprofit organization "Thear," students also adopted two needy families for Christmas by giving them gifts specified on tags from a "giving tree."

LAHS graduates

Los Altos High School alumni are looking for the current names, addresses and phone numbers for students from all class years for the creation of the first alumni directory. For more information, contact Harris Publishing by calling 1-800-733-8859 or fax information to 1-800-238-8332. You many also send information to Los Altos Alumni Directory Project, c/0 Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, 313 E. Anderson Lane, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78752.

Scholarship information

Students can find information on how to receive academic funding and scholarships for college through the National Academic Funding Advisory's updated 1998 publication. To order a copy, send a No. 10 self-addressed, double-stamped envelope plus $2 to cover handling to the National Academic Funding Advisory, 188 Summer ST. Dept. M1, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

El Camino scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has several scholarships available for the 1998-99 academic year for students enrolled or planning to enroll in health professional programs.

For more information or to obtain an application, call the El Camino Hospital Foundation office at 940-7154. Applications are due by Jan. 31, 1998.

Hospital Auxiliary scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary is currently taking applications for health professional scholarships.

Applicants must be permanent residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Cupertino, who are enrolled or will be enrolling as full-time students (12 units or more) at an accredited California college or university. They must be enrolled in one of the following fields of study: clinical laboratory technology, diagnostic imaging, dietitian, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, pharmacy technology, physical therapy or physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy, radiological technology or respiratory therapy.

Deadline for completed applications is Feb. 28, 1998. For an application, write to Scholarship Committee, El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 7025, Mountain View 94039-7025, or call 940-7214.

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