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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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Benefit concert supports LightHouse for the Blind

Photo Courtesy Of Nancy Gill

The Gill family of Los Altos has organized a concert to benefit LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Los Altos residents Steve and Anne Gill and current and former members of the Menlo School community have scheduled “The Music of Irving Berlin,” an annual benefit concert for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

In 1997, shortly after Anne graduated from Los Altos High School, she was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and brain-injured. After a long rehabilitation, she returned home in the spring of 1998.

The Gills said they were frustrated to discover that while many programs serve those with traumatic brain injuries and others help the blind and visually impaired, few resources were designed to help adults with multiple disabilities.

They subsequently discovered LightHouse, which offers a session at its Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa for visually impaired adults like Anne who have other disabilities as well.

The Gills’ gratitude for the camp, their appreciation for the patience and compassion of the staff (many of whom are visually impaired) and their desire to help the special-needs community inspired Steve, a former actor with TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage, Foothill College and San Jose Musical Theater, to organize the first benefit concert for the LightHouse in 1999.

Donations from concertgoers and the participation of former and current Menlo students and faculty members have enabled dozens of adults with impairments to receive full or partial scholarships to attend Enchanted Hills Camp.

Suggested donation is $10.

Those who cannot attend the concert but would like to donate can mail a check, made out to “LightHouse for the Blind,” to the Gill family at 640 Orange Ave., Los Altos 94022.

For more information, call the Gills at 948-4648 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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