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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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Business Briefs

Zumba fundraiser benefits Drawn from Water charity

Former Miss Ethiopia and Zumba fitness-dance instructor Sehin Belew has scheduled a Zumba dance-instruction fundraiser to benefit Drawn from Water 3-4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Marti’s Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos.

Belew said several tribes in Africa fear evil spirits that bring ill fortune to their villages, using the word “Mingi” to describe persons who are cursed or otherwise imperfect.

“Those deemed Mingi face severe consequences, as (villagers) believe the presence of these children on their land curses the tribe,” she said. “Their solution to this perceived threat is to drown Mingi children in the river.”

Belew said an estimated 1,000 children in Africa are killed in such a manner every year.

The situation touched Sacramento residents Jessie and Levi Bankert, who adopted a baby rescued from Ethiopia and later moved there.

The Bankerts established Drawn from Water, which raises funds to rescue other children. So far, they have rescued 32 children and placed them in an orphanage.

The class is $10. Proceeds benefit Drawn from Water.

For more information, call 714-3311 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library, SBA partner for entrepreneur series

The Los Altos Library, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, has scheduled four workshops designed to aid the novice entrepreneur make the best business decisions.

The workshops begin at 7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

•Â Feb. 7: “Clarifying Your Entrepreneurial Vision.” Learn how to select criteria in evaluating different options for a potential business.

•Â Feb. 23: “Small Business Ownership: What Business Is Right for Me?” Topics include why now is a good time to invest in business, how to finance a business purchase, franchise myth-busting and how to build a personal business model.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

AARP offers free tax assistance

The AARP Tax-Aide program is again providing tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older, available Tuesday through April 15.

Program volunteers are trained and certified each year in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. One-on-one service is provided for preparation and electronic filing of federal and California personal income-tax returns. The service is provided at most local senior centers and is free – AARP membership is not required.

For more information and service sites, call (888) 227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

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