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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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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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RUTH McKIM MOOR: March 31, l915 - June 4, 2010

Ruth McKim Moor, a resident of Palo Alto, California, died on June 4, 2010.

Born March 31, l915 in New Haven, Connecticut, she and her sister Clare grew up in Cincinnati. Their father, Judson McKim, was an author, a radio broadcaster, a director on non-profit boards and the regional head of the YMCA. The YWCA addressed issues of world peace and, during the depression, the development of job opportunities for unemployed college graduates. This social consciousness became one of her lifelong passions. After receiving her B.A. degree from DePauw University in Indiana and her M.S. degree in library science from Columbia University in New York, she began her life long commitment to community service. She did this work in partnership with the love of her life, Arthur D. Moor (1913- 2002), whom she met while at Columbia and married in 1941.

Art was a planning executive for United Airlines and was stationed at most of United's hubs. After New York they moved to Chicago, to Denver and, in l952 to Los Altos. Even with two young children Ruth found time for volunteer interests. She chaired the committee that created the Friends of the Library and drove the passage of multiple bond issues to expand the Los Altos library system. She was instrumental in the growth of the local Girl Scouts, the construction of El Camino Hospital and the expansion of the League of Women Voters. When Art was transferred back to Chicago she dove right into projects in her new town, Barrington, Illinois (1963-1986). She was named "Citizen of the Year" in l975 and l978 for her roles in establishing a 911 system, blood banks, paramedic services, and an umbrella coordinating council for six separate village boards, four counties, and multiple school and fire districts. This latter project took enormous political skill as well as more than five years of full time volunteer work. The unflagging efforts of her many recruited volunteers enabled them to make fundamental changes. She and Art hosted dinners at their home to advance their political and social efforts. She felt a good party could reconcile severe differences. Her efforts resulted in lasting legacies for all of the communities in which she lived and served.

When Art retired in l973, Ruth had lived in seven different states, some more than once. Whatever her location her foundation was always her family. When Art was promoted and they relocated to Chicago from Los Altos, despite their love for California she did not question the move. It was a new adventure. They remained in Barrington until l986, when five days without power and temperatures of 10 below zero convinced them that they should move closer to their children and grandchildren, who just happened to live in considerably warmer Palo Alto. In Palo Alto she and Art became regulars at all their grandson's sporting events. They became experts in scoring and cheering at baseball, football, soccer, basketball, roller hockey and ice hockey games. If it was raining during a game, they happily huddled under umbrellas! Ruth's unflagging sense of humor made those cold, windy and wet games fun. During this time, she nourished her love of literature and poetry by taking classes at Foothill College. The family continues to be entertained by the poems she wrote while trying to keep up with her college homework at age 75!

She is survived by her son, David Moor, of Menlo Park, her daughter, Barbara Moor Sanner and son-in-law, Robert Sanner, of Palo Alto, and her three grandchildren: Daniel Sanner, who with his wife, Kimberly Sanner, will soon move to Hong Kong, Richard Sanner of San Francisco, and Timothy Sanner, of Austin, Texas. There will be no local services.

Graveside services will be held in Greensburg, Indiana. In l931, Art received a college scholarship that enabled him to leave his faltering family farm and attend college. Throughout his life he was deeply grateful for that life-changing opportunity. In 2002 Ruth, Art and the Greensburg community established a college scholarship program for students from Greensburg High School. Each year scholarship awards are given to a group of graduating high school seniors. These scholarships, along with other awards, help students who otherwise might not be able to attend college. For those wishing to make gifts in Ruth's memory, please contact The Moor Family Scholarship Fund, South Decatur Dollars for Scholars, MainSource Bank, 201 North Broadway, P.O. Box 87, Greensburg, Indiana, 47270. Services entrusted to Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home. www.rollerhapgoodtinney.com

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