Fri09192014

News

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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 ...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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&...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

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...

Read more:

Loading...

Obituary Notices

HAROLYN CROSSMAN

Harolyn Crossman, loving wife, mother, and grandmother suddenly passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Los Altos home on Sunday, January 7th 2007. Harolyn was born in Oshkosh, Nebraska January 31st 1937.

Harolyn was a former American Airlines Stewardess. She is predeceased by her son John Jr. and survived by her husband Jack Crossman, son James of Las Vegas and his wife Dianna, daughter Jennifer Bunge of Winnetka, IL and her husband Jon, brother Richard Stockman of Denver, CO, sister Judy Ward of Hutchinson, KS and five grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Johnny, Jack, Hunter, Nicholas, and Allison.

Services were held Friday, January 12 at Spangler's Mortuary, 399 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN.

HELEN ROBERTA

SWEENEY

Helen Roberta Sweeney passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2007, at home with her beloved husband Joe at her side tenderly holding her hand. They had been married just a few weeks short of 71 years.

She was one of two daughters of William and Elanor Bubb. Her family is recognized in naming the present-day Bubb School and Bubb Park. The Bubb family pioneered apricot and prune cultivation in the Santa Clara Valley, having crossed the Great Plains from Missouri in 1850. Roberta was active in the Mountain View Historical Society, dedicating her later years to preserving the rich heritage of this area.

Roberta graduated from Mountain View High School and received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from San Jose State in 1935. She loved her music and played the cello, sang and directed youth choirs, contributing to the musical happiness of many through the years. With nearly equal passion in her later years she enthusiastically supported the San Francisco Giants, much as her mother had years ago.

She was a woman of faith, active in the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, the church her family had helped organize over 100 years ago. She provided love and sound counsel to all who came into her life.

Roberta is survived by her husband Joseph, her two sons John and Paul and their spouses Joyce and Guillermina, a close niece Betty and her spouse Jeff, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William George, and by her sister, Frances.

Her ashes will be interred at the Columbarium at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, built on the site of her childhood home. The large old oak tree that stands in front of the church held the rope swing her father hung for quiet blissful afternoons, drinking in the fertile beauty of the Valley. One of her last wishes was that Mountain View and Los Altos not forget their beautiful past years, and that we all maintain this area as the "Valley of Heart's Delight."

ROBERT G. ROGERS

Robert G. Rogers who lived in Los Altos, CA, for the past 44 years, passed away on January 1, 2007. Bob was born on July 16th, 1920 and grew up in Mexico and Texas. He learned to fly an airplane before he could drive a car, and learned to drive in a Ford Model A. He earned a Master's from Cal Tech and a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin in Electrical Engineering, did pioneering work in microwave communications and holds over a dozen patents. His book "Low Phase Noise Microwave Oscillator Design" was published in 1991. Throughout his life his hobbies included ham radio, drawing and painting, gold smithing, and making and flying RC airplanes. Bob raised his family in Ithaca, NY, and Los Altos, CA, and is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years. Their children are Bob Jr. (wife Jan), Beverly (husband Bob, deceased), Beth (husband Jerome), and Molly (husband Peter). Bob and Mary have four grandchildren-Anna, Liz, Annika, and Tyrone. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road in Los Altos on Saturday, January 27th at 11am, followed by a reception at the church. Bob's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Santa Clara Girl Scout Council or the Alzheimer's Association.

JACQUELINE (JACKIE) ALICE TERWILLIGE

February 20, 1923 - January 15, 2007

Preceded in death by her husband, Thane Albert Terwilliger (April 2003). Survived by her loving sons Marc A. Terwilliger of Los Altos, Richard A. Terwilliger (Paula) of Venice. Three grandchildren Elizabeth, Jeremy and Daniel.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but is finally back in the perfect embrace of God, who welcomes her home.

ESTELLE L. TURNEY

Born August 28,1910 in South Dakota, died Saturday January 13, 2007 at the Forum in Cupertino, CA. Estelle was the widow of Newton V. Turney. She, Newton and family relocated from Palm Beach, FL to Atherton in 1960 before moving to Los Altos Hills in 1969. The family formerly lived in Dallas, TX and West Port, CT. Estelle is survived by two daughters, Pat Ogle of Los Altos, CA and Dee Gordon of Federal Way, WA, five grandsons, four granddaughter-in-laws and seven great-grandchildren.

Estelle was a graduate from Florida State with a teaching degree in art. She was a very active and long time volunteer in several local charitable service organizations, including the Palo Alto Auxiliary at the Allied Arts supporting the Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital at Stanford, Larabee Auxiliary supporting the Peninsula Children's Council, where she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year, and the Atherton's supporting battered women.

No memorial is planned. The family will celebrate her life at a graveside burial. The family would like donations in her honor to be made to any of the above charities or to your charity of choice.

Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos