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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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Businesses celebrate 'TV-Turnoff Week' with a host of alternative activities

Los Altans, along with millions of other Americans, will be turning off their televisions Monday through April 30 for TV-Turnoff Network's TV-Turnoff Week. Nine children's stores in downtown Los Altos will be hosting events the evening of April 28.

The TV-Turnoff Network, a non-profit organization founded in 1994, promotes the belief that television is unhealthy for people and communities. More than 24 million people have participated in TV-Turnoff Week since 1995.

Linda Dodge, owner of Lin's Toy Cupboard on State Street, said: "I've always wanted to do something for TV-Turnoff Week. I've noticed that if a child watches a lot of TV, he loses the ability of imagination play.

"This is about focusing on doing things together as a family, as when a TV or computer is on, communication is sometimes lacking."

According to the TV-Turnoff Network, the TV is on for 7 hours and 40 minutes each day in the average American home, and that on average, children spend 1,023 hours per year watching TV but only 900 hours in school.

The organization hopes that TV-Turnoff Week will help people to "turn off TV and turn on life" by highlighting the other activities.

Lin's Toy Cupboard will host a games demonstration 5-8 p.m. April 28 where representatives from games companies will be on hand to show participants how to play. The event will cater to children ages 2 and up.

Linden Tree Children's Recordings & Books on State Street will hold a storytelling event for school-age children 7 p.m. April 28.

Tom Farley, one half of Spontaneous Combustion Storytellers, who will perform at the event, said: "Storytelling happened long before TV and continues to be practiced around the world. It has recently been renewed in North America as people realize that the prepackaged images of TV aren't as exciting as if you hear the story being told."

Families can be part of TV-Turnoff Week by participating in events at the following downtown Los Altos stores: Adventure Toys, All About Mom & Me, Art N Fun, Kids Only, Linden Tree Children's Books, Lin's Toy Cupboard, Marion Jackstons, Personalized Gift Shop and Young Villager.

All events will be held 4-8 p.m. April 28, For more information, visit www.losaltos-downtown.org or www.lindentreebooks.com.

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