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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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This play has "Legs"

Photo Tracy Martin/Special To The Town Crier Megan McGinnis, front, and Robert Adelman Hancock perform a scene from TheatreWorks' production of "Daddy Long Legs."

TheatreWorks presents the new musical romance “Daddy Long Legs” today through Feb. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Based on the popular novel by Jean Webster, “Legs” is set in New England in the early 1900s. It is the story of Jerusha Abbott, a talented orphan sent to a prestigious college by an anonymous benefactor. The stipulation is she must write him monthly letters, and having only seen a glimpse of his elongated shadow on a wall, she whimsically dubs him “Daddy Long Legs.”

Director John Caird – Tony Award-winning co-director and adapter of “Les Misérables” – joins forces with Paul Gordon, composer of the TheatreWorks’ hit “Emma,” Broadway ingénue Megan McGinnis and veteran regional actor Robert Adelman Hancock on “Legs.” Tony Award-winning designer David Farley (2008 Broadway revival of “Sunday in the Park with George”) designed the sets and costumes.

Caird (director, book) is best known for his Tony and Olivier Award-winning creations “Les Misérables” and “Nicholas Nickleby.” Several of his productions have been for the National Theatre in London, including “Hamlet.”

Gordon (music and lyrics) was nominated for a Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical “Jane Eyre.” Gordon’s other credits include writing music and lyrics for the contemporary pop opera “Greetings From Venice Beach” and “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

McGinnis originated the role of Beth in the musical of “Little Women.” Her other Broadway roles include Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Lucille in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Hancock’s roles include Sky in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” and regional productions of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Fantasticks” and “Hair.”

Previews are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday, as is Saturday’s opening-night performance. Future shows are set for 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Tickets are $29-$67. Discounts are available for students, seniors, educators and members.

For tickets, call 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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