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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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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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Community Briefs

Students' committee needs volunteers

Many graduate students and scholars temporarily at Stanford University bring family members who lack opportunities to practice their English language skills. They are often left without the resources to meet residents of the local communities.

The Community Committee for International Students, a volunteer organization based at Stanford, sponsors an English-in-Action program to address that problem.

The committee needs adult volunteers to dedicate an hour a week conversing in English with International visitors in an informal setting.

The initial meeting will be held at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford campus. Subsequent meetings can be there or moved off-site depending on the participants.

For information or to volunteer, call 366-1925, 326-5252, or Ruth Bioletti, 941-6125.

'Public Access at Risk'

The local cable program, "AAUW Connections" is presenting "Public Access TV at Risk," an overview of the impending loss of the Access Los Altos television station at Foothill College.

Local volunteers have been producing programs at Foothill since 1985. Campus officials, however, want to use the current space for other needs and will close the station after Dec. 31.

"Public Access TV at Risk" will feature a group of panelists close to the issue, including: former Los Altos Mayor John Moss; Willie Pritchard, dean of learning technologies at Foothill and acting vice chancellor and chief technology officer for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Susanne Elwell, public access specialist for Access Los Altos; Vicki Reeder, a local producer; and Cecilia Keehan, moderator.

Programs are scheduled for 8 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Friday, on Channel 26.

Fashion show benefits non-profits

"Hearts and Flowers," a fashion show and luncheon presented by the Los Altos Federated Woman's Club, will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 3, at Michael's at Shoreline restaurant. Donations are $30, with proceeds going to Los Altos Teen Help Center, Morgan Center and Alzheimer's Association.

For tickets and information, call (408) 252-0265 or (408) 737-2788.

E-mail notification at Los Altos library

The Santa Clara County Library recently began sending notices, such as titles of holds and overdue notices, to patrons via e-mail. To sign up for e-mail notification, patrons should obtain a form at the Los Altos Library reference desk and turn it in at the circulation desk. At the Woodland Library, patrons should ask at the circulation desk. Patrons who sign up will no longer receive such notices through the post office.

Service agency needs volunteers

The Community Services Agency needs volunteers to work one to two hours a week to help provide food to local low-income families and to the homeless. Volunteer work would include the pickup and delivery of donated food from local markets to the agency's Food and Nutrition Center. Weekday morning positions are available.

For more information, call 964-4630.

Los Altos History Museum

Travel in time with the History House Museum to the days of the 1930s. Enjoy docent led tours though our fully furnished home, beautiful gardens, and part of the original apricot orchard still cultivated.

The museum is open to the public noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tour groups may be scheduled by calling at least one month in advance.

For more information, call 964-4467 to reserve a tour.

Daughters workshops

Daughters of the American Revolution hold workshops the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, including the time and place of workshops, call 494-1866.

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