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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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Noteworthies

Steven Closs of Los Altos received a bachelor's degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Md.

Akila Kadambi, a seventh-grader at Pinewood School, won first prize at the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Champions for her science fair project, "Lead and Arsenic Levels in Playground Equipment of Different Neighborhoods." She was also nominated for a Discovery Channel award and received a check for $100 from the American Chemistry Association.

Lisa Battle, a Los Altos High School graduate and senior theater major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., starred in "Matt & Ben" in May. The play is about actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and their success with the film "Good Will Hunting." In the play, Damon and Affleck are played by women.

Fifth-grade St. Nicholas student Alyssa Wemyss has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Wemyss will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next April to earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States' most prominent monuments and institutions. Wemyss was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

Rahul Desirazu, a fifth-grader from Los Altos, shared top honors in the K-5 championship section of the 31st National Elementary (K-6) School Chess Championship held in May in Denver, Colo. He received the second-place trophy on tiebreaks, scoring 6.5 points out of a possible 7. Nearly 2,000 children in grades K-6 from all over the country participated in the annual contest. Roughly 300 children competed in the K-5 championship section. Desirazu is a student at Harker School in San Jose.

Andrea Lock Chin of Los Altos will attend the University of Southern California this fall as a trustee scholar. The Trustee Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition award established by the Board of Trustees at USC to recognize extraordinary academic achievement and student leadership. Chin was also accepted into the USC Honors Core, the Thematic Option Honors Program and the school's recently formed College Honors Society. Andrea will graduate from Castilleja School in Palo Alto this month.

Madeleine Baldwin, a four-year starter for Homestead High School Varsity Volleyball, will attend Connecticut College, New London, Conn., in the fall.

Matthew Robert Weiden of Los Altos has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The society is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students.

At the Sixth District Santa Clara County PTA Annual Meeting May 19, Barbara Emerich Scholarships were awarded to Nell Redaniel and Matthew Chin, seniors at Mountain View High School. The scholarship, which honors Emerich's service to youth and work in the California PTA, is given to two students each year to support their pursuit of careers in teaching or counseling.

Homestead High School student Victoria Eunyoung Park and Los Altos High School student Julie Walz were among the 11 graduating seniors honored with scholarships from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Silicon Valley. This is the third year Coldwell has awarded seniors in their Path to Excellence Program. Through the program, each student receives $2,000 upon enrollment in an accredited four-year university.

Eighth-grade Graham Middle School students Blair Bacsi, Emily Fisher, Lauren Fisher and Ellen Shen were awarded the Gold Medal Award at the California Association for Music Education State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Sacramento on May 13. The award was given to the quartet for its superior ratings in all categories: intonation, tone, rhythm, technique, interpretation, balance and other factors.

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