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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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Local senior dancing all the way to 100

Photo Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos resident Regina Isbell, who enjoys line dancing, turns 100 on Sunday.

Regina Isbell turns 100 on Sunday, but the way she moves, you would never suspect it.

Especially when she line dances. Yes, line dances. Isbell faithfully arrives every Tuesday at the Los Altos Senior Center for her dance lessons, a weekly routine that goes back eight years.

"My motto is, ‘Keep on dancing,' said the active 99-year-old, a 55-year resident of Los Altos.

Isbell ascribes her longevity to "good genes," especially on her mother's side, where family members lived well into their 90s.

The native San Franciscan said she's always loved dancing.

"I've been dancing since I was (old) enough to put a record on my phonograph," Isbell said.

Still sharp, friendly and full of good humor, Isbell fondly remembers her youth, when she went dancing to Big Bands in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. When the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz celebrated its 80th anniversary with a television advertisement, Isbell saw a photograph of dancers that looked familiar.

"Look, there, that's me," she said. "I went dancing every weekend."

She misses the dinner and dancing venues, along with such swinging bandleaders as Anson Weeks ("Come dancin' with Anson," she recalled the catch phrase), and yes, Lawrence Welk. She's still a bit disappointed in her local public television station for pulling Welk show reruns off the air.

She remains independent, living in the same North Los Altos neighborhood home she and her husband, Lawrence, moved into in 1954. Isbell has a knack for remembering details, like the 11 apricot trees that once occupied their backyard. She apparently has no need for a GPS, because she knows exactly what street is connected to another and which house or business is on that street. Until this year, when she could not pass the driver's exam due to poor vision, Isbell had been driving her own car.

She grew up in the Mission District and attended San Francisco State University. She worked as a teacher for 11 years before settling down to raise a family. Her son, Steven, in his 60s, visits her often and is planning a party for her birthday. Her neighbors also threw a party for her, as did the senior center.

"As long as I have my son and my three beautiful grandchildren, I feel lucky," Isbell said.

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