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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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Camilla Molinari

Our beloved Camilla passed on peacefully to embark on her next adventure on November 18, 2009, just 15 months following her diagnosis of lung cancer.

A resident of Los Altos for most on her life, she was born Camilla Wehr in Bogota, N.J. on November 10, 1923. She lived in Mill Valley then San Jose, graduated from San Jose High School, established her career, and met her husband to be, Earl Molinari, folk dancing. They enjoyed a 50-plus year marriage. Loving a supportive always, they raised 2 daughters and took part in the lives of their 3 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, Camilla is survived by her children, Leah (Keith) Jones, Laura (David) Ludin, grandchildren Benjamin, Lucas and Carly, and by Camilla's half- siblings David (Nancy) Wehr, Paul (Christiane) Wehr, and Jeanine (Larry) Jones and their children and grandchildren.

Camilla was employed by Varian Associates in Palo Alto for 22-plus years where she was a valued employee, well loved by her coworkers.

Camilla will be remembered for her adventurous and fun-loving personality. She and her husband Carlo (Earl) continued dancing for many years and enjoyed trips through the U.S., Canada and Mexico, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. After Carlo's passing, Camilla continued onto Africa, Egypt, and Israel. Camilla appreciated the many cultures she experienced on her travels and was a great lover of animals and photography. She delighted in sharing the many spectacular photos of animals that she took.

Camilla will always be remembered for her artistic talents. Being the daughter of two artists, her artistry prevailed in her needlework and her love for growing flowers; she could make anything flourish.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on December 12th. Please contact family for more information. In Lieu of flowers, may we suggest a donation to Kaiser Hospice of Santa Clara or the American Cancer Society.

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