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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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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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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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Relief for cancer patients: Stanford University's new Cancer Center Complex offers services und

The Stanford University School of Medicine on March 1 opened its new Cancer Center Complex specializing in cancer treatment and research.

Dr. Richard Hoppe, a Los Altos resident for 23 years and chairman of Stanford's department of radiation oncology, was involved in designing the building's concept and determining how different cancer treatment programs could be merged in the new center. He said the improvements the new center brings can be grouped in three categories: improved patient amenities and ambiance; departments consolidated in one location; and the addition of new technologies - particularly the addition of the PET/CT scanner called the GE Discovery. The machine combines x-rays and nuclear imaging techniques to pinpoint tumors for radiation. There are only two such machines in the nation. The other PET/CT scanner is located in Houston, Texas.

Planning for the building began 10 years ago and was finished in 1997. But it took three years for the city of Palo Alto to approve the plans. The Cancer Center Complex is a four-story building, of which three floors are devoted to oncology. It has four times the capacity of the old cancer treatment facility.

Hoppe said the numerous facilities for cancer treatment used to be scattered throughout Stanford Medical Center. In the new building the clinics and medical departments are located in one place.

"This provides for an opportunity for (doctors) to interact, not just in the context of talking about patients but also brainstorming new ideas in cancer treatment," he said. "Some of the breakthroughs in cancer treatment came from Stanford, and we expect that to happen in the future."

The design of the new center is also more convenient for patients. Catherine Sleight, whose colon cancer has been treated at Stanford for two years, has undergone treatment from each of the three main departments - radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgical oncology - before they were consolidated at the center.

"A lot of your energy - of which cancer patients don't have very much - was spent trying to negotiate around the hospital," she said. "One really wonderful thing the new center does is bring everyone together and give them more of a sense of community. I think a really special thing (is) for a cancer patient to feel included rather than off on their own trying to forge their way through a system. It's a more supportive, caring feeling."

The new center's design includes many amenities for patients: meditation rooms, a cyber café, a health library, a Zen garden and a state-of-the-art Infusion Center. The facility also provides valet and concierge services to assist patients.

"When you come into the new Stanford Center, there's a desk with a concierge who will connect you with a volunteer trained to help you make your way through the cancer center," said Sleight. "It helps you form (a) chain of people (who) become the community that will take care of you."

"We consider (the new center) to be a really important community resource," said Hoppe. "We want people in the community to have (the) ability to be treated here."

For more information call the main triage number: (877) 668-7535.

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