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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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Freestyle students talking eggs take animation film festival honors

Photo Photo Courtesy Of Freestyle Freestyle Academy students Irene Lee and Raime Shah, left, created an animated short film about eggs and their dreams, above. Their film took top honors in the under two-minute category.

Irene Lee and Raime Shah, Freestyle Academy students, recently won the Bay Street Animation Film Festival in the under-two-minute category for their production of a narrative animation about eggs.

Lee and Shah received $500 scholarships and earned $1,000 for the Freestyle Web program.

Their award-winning animation depicts eggs in a carton in a crowded grocery store explaining what they hope to be when they emerge from their shells. One egg wants to be a super-hero chicken, another wants to be the first chicken on the moon and the third wants to become a beautifully painted egg.

“We didn’t want to make a video that was too serious,” Lee said. “To me, animation is cute.”

The original assignment was to create an animation from one of the many narratives the Freestyle students were learning to write. The narratives could be on any topic, Shah said.

The two spent many hours after school working to perfect their project, Lee said.

Shah said that because they both worked so long and hard on their animation they thought, “Why not?” and entered the film in the fall festival for Bay Area students.

Animation executives from Pixar Animation Studios and Ex’Pressions College for Digital Arts judged the entries, separated into two categories based on film length: fewer than and more than two minutes.

Lee estimated there were approximately 100 entries in the fewer-than-two-minutes category.

“It feels nice to win,” Lee said. “It is nice to get recognition for (the film) from someone other than our teachers.”

Lee and Shah, both seniors, said they have benefited from their time at Freestyle. Lee plans to major in design in college. Shah, who said she is interested in majoring in biology, claimed the education gained at Freestyle would help her in the future.

Part of what lured Shah to Freestyle was “how different and innovative of a program it is.”

Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, available to Mountain View Los Altos Union High School students, is an alternative half-day instructional model which offers hands on, project-based and personalized learning though writing, digital photography, graphic design, Web production, audio engineering and digital film production.

For more information or to view the film, visit www.freestyle.mvla.net.

Contact Traci Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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