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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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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2004

PREUSS, Nellie Riedel,

Nellie was born in Coronado, CA, on November 18, 1903, the second daughter and third child of Peter and Atsje Riedel, who immigrated to America from Friesland, Holland at the turn of the 20th century. Shortly after Nellie's birth, the family moved to Santa Barbara, where her father, Peter, became widely known as a horticulturist, landscape designer and associate of Dr. Francesco Franceschi.

Nellie received her B.A. from the U. of California at Berkeley in 1925. Before returning to Santa Barbara and starting her own family, she taught at The Katherine Burke School in San Francisco. After her children set out on their own, she returned to Northern California, where she lived first in Menlo Park and then in Carmel before moving to the Sequoias.

With the help of her eldest daughter, Mary, Nellie compiled a 252 page bound book in 1984 on Our Dutch Heritage which traced her Dutch family back six generations. Her relatives were presented with a copy as a Christmas gift.

Nellie loved to read, write, garden, sew and play bridge. One of her greatest joys was to visit with her family, who knew her as a good listener, keen observer and loyal friend. Her enthusiasm for the simple gifts of life was contagious to those around her.

Nellie is survived by her four children and their families: Mary Randolph of Menlo Park, CA; Ms Patricia Rinaker of LaJolla, CA; Charles F. Preuss of Atherton, CA; Pamela Ellsworth of Los Altos, CA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

MANSFIELD, Mary JoAnn,

JoAnn was born in Portland, Oregon on October 19, 1922. She attended the University of Oregon for three years, then transferred to the University of Arizona for her last year. In 1943, she married Edward "Ned" Franklin Mansfield, who became not only her husband but her dearest friend and support system. In 1951, after Ned retired from active duty in the Air Force, JoAnn and Ned moved to Palo Alto, California where they lived and raised their three children for 25 years. In 1968, they moved to their present home in Los Altos.

JoAnn had a bubbling and outgoing personality. She loved engaging people in conversations about their lives and interests. Of greatest importance to her, however, was her family. In August of 2003, JoAnn and Ned celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Sunriver, Oregon. They enjoyed a full week there with their three children and families: Marrily Doore from Saratoga (and her husband Danny and their two children Malea and Brian); Michael from San Mateo (and his wife Theresa and their three children, Tyson, Danielle and Roxanne) and Stephen from Astoria, Oregon (and his wife Debbie and their two children, Joseph and Jamie). JoAnn's late brother John Supple was also there along with other relatives and friends.

JoAnn worked in and supported the family businesses and was very active in community activities. She served for 11 years as a docent at the Cantor Art Center, she was a member of the Palo Alto Auxiliary to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and was a member of the Library Associates at Stanford. JoAnn greatly enjoyed the friendships she made as a member of the Garden Club of Palo Alto, her bridge group and her two book groups. She also loved playing tennis, and later in life, golf. She was a member of Foothills Tennis and Swim Club and Menlo Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church at 1040 Border Road, Los Altos on Saturday, May 1, at 3 PM. A reception will follow at Foothills Tennis and Swim Club at 3351 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Pathways Hospice at 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 95040 or the Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

RAABE, Madelyn,

Friends were invited to attend services on April 8, 2004 at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. Interment was on April 9, 2004 at the Rural Cemetery, Stockton, CA

Donations to the Pan Am Pilots Retirement Operation Dignity, 1172 So. Dixie Highway #460, Coral Gables, FL 53146-2918 or the Project Match, Inc, 555 Meridian Ave, Suite C, San Jose, CA 95126 preferred.

SCOTT, Gordon Lester,

His passions included racing, classic automobiles, antique wood boats, water and snow skiing and spending time with his family. One of his greatest joys came from cooking extravagant meals and sharing his gift with others. He especially had a fervor for spicy dishes and has passed that down to his sons.

Gordon met Leleta Hindman at the Palo Alto Ski Club in 1965 and they were married in February 1967. They were blessed with two sons, Brian Lester born April 9, 1970 and Randall Hindman born April 26, 1973.

Gordon worked for Thomas Air Systems in South San Francisco for over 30 years. He was involved with a variety of community organizations including: The Los Altos Educational Foundation, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, AYSO Soccer and Scouting with his sons.

His fondness for Lake Tahoe, which began in his high school years, continued into his adult life with summer and winter vacations at the family cabin. The peaceful lake was amongst the family's fondest memories, where they spent time hiking, water skiing and camping. This indeed was Gordon's favorite spot.

Gordon and Laleta have enjoyed the past six years of retirement in Placerville where they are members of the El Dorado Federated Church and where Gordon served as the resident chef for the men's breakfast.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife Laleta of 37 years, sons Brian and Randy, grandsons Jonah and Carter and granddaughter Avery.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, Placerville, CA.

KRANTZ, David O.,

Passionate about Special Education reform, David worked at state and local levels on behalf of

students for over a decade. He published the newsletter Parents Educating Parents (1990-93), the Special Education Observer (1994-2001), and authored Taming the IEP, a handbook for parents (Sopris West). David worked in the test publishing business for nearly thirty years with CTB McGraw-Hill, The Psychological Corporation and CPP, Inc. in Palo Alto.

David was an avid racquetball player and lover of good literature. Fishing, cycling and cooking were among his other great pleasures. His unfailing sense of fairness guided his actions in business as well as his personal life. His integrity, intelligence and wit endeared him to those who knew him.

David had lived in Mountain View since 1987. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, children Katy and Bill, mother Adele and brother Matthew.

Those wishing to attend a memorial celebration are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Memorial contributions may be made to Trout, Unlimited (www.tu.org), 1500 Wilson Blvd, Suite 310, Arlington, VA 22209, or to Stanford University for medical research with check written to Stanford University, #941156365 (on memo line), C/O 1123 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

HOLWAY, Kathleen S.,

Kathleen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Roger B. Holway, Jr. and her two sons John (San Jose, CA) and William (Minneapolis, MN). She was an active member and past president of the Almond School PTA in Los Altos and a library activities volunteer and later worked for 10 years as receptionist for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Urology Dept.

Kathleen will be deeply missed by her family and many dear friends. A private sea scattering service will be held.

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