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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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Two local students among the finalists for CIF award

Gabe Garcia of St. Francis High and Sean Williams of Los Altos High were among the 12 boys finalists for the spring California Interscholastic Federation Sportsmanship/Citizenship Award.

Jeremiah Fillo of Downieville was selected as the winner of the boys' award. Fillo and girls' winner Elizabeth Schunk of Novato were honored May 7 at the State CIF Federated Council dinner.

Selecting the winners wasn't easy, however, according to CIF executive director Jack Hayes.

"This is a most impressive group of young students," Hayes said. "They are an integral part of what sport is all about - fair play, integrity and respect for teammates, coaches, officials and opponents."

Garcia and Williams, both seniors, made the finalist list for their work on and off the playing field.

Garcia has competed in football, wrestling and baseball at St. Francis and also found the time to coach a youth baseball camp at Stanford University. He also has volunteered at San Mateo Convalescent Hospital, Samaritan House and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Garcia is an Eagle Scout and organized, supervised and worked with a group of scouts to renovate a city park in San Mateo. For his work, Garcia received a commendation from the San Mateo City Council.

"Gabe's most visible mark is in the area of leadership," St. Francis guidance counselor Tom Tuite wrote in a letter to the CIF. "His style is not outgoing or flamboyant. The quality he possesses is quiet charisma. He has a presence that others respect. This can be seen in the classroom, in student government and in athletics."

Williams, the captain of both his high school cross country and track and field team, serves as the Associated Student Body (ASB) vice president at Los Altos. He is the vice president and co-founder of the school's Alcohol and Drug Free Club and was head of the homecoming parade committee. Williams also was in charge of the 1998 freshmen orientation.

"He is always the first to introduce himself to new runners and to help them meet everyone on the team, both in practice and during the school day," Los Altos cross country coach Margaret Bennett wrote in her letter to the CIF. "It was his idea to institute our team's 'take a runner to lunch' day where upperclassmen host freshmen and new runners for lunch. In every team meeting he gives fresh words of encouragement and positive feedback to his teammates."

The CIF Sportsmanship/Citizenship Award was established this school year and the first winners were selected last fall. Nominations are made by CIF member high schools.

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