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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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Los Altos celebrates with Sister City Bendigo


Photo By: COURTESY OF DOROTHY DICKSON
Photo Courtesy Of Dorothy Dickson Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers and the Bendigo Youth Choir sing together in Bendigo, Australia.

Two groups of travelers have returned home after visiting Los Altos’ Sister City of Bendigo, Australia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the relationship.

In addition to Bendigo, Los Altos Sister Cities Inc. has forged unions with Rustington, England; Syktyvkar, Russia; and Shih-Lin, Taiwan. The nonprofit organization promotes global understanding and friendships.

Los Altos residents Dorothy Dickson, president of Los Altos Sister Cities, and her husband, Robin, visited Bendigo in March, and Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers completed a spring tour that ended with a weekend in the Australian city of nearly 100,000 residents.

While in Bendigo, Dickson presented Mayor Alec Sandner with a proclamation from Los Altos Mayor Val Carpenter celebrating the anniversary of the relationship.

Sandner noted the city’s growth over the past few years, declaring, “Bendigo is booming!”

The Dicksons stayed at the home of local residents during their four days in Bendigo. They visited local sites and toured a primary school and a high school.

Several residents of Bendigo visited Los Altos recently, including Peter Mundy, president of Bendigo Sister Cities. He presented a proclamation from Sandner congratulating Los Altos on its 60th anniversary of incorporation.

Jason Lee, principal of California Gully Primary School near Bendigo, and his family visited Santa Rita School and met with Principal Sandra McGonagle. They sealed an agreement of friendship between the schools, which will begin an “e-pal” relationship between fourth-grade classes.

Bendigo residents hosted members of the Main Street Singers, who performed two concerts in the city.

“They gave outstanding performances and were wonderful ambassadors of our city,” Dickson said.

One more visit to Bendigo is planned this summer – Magdalene Lim, a senior at Los Altos High School, will spend a few weeks at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Los Altos Sister Cities will sponsor Lim, who will be home-hosted by a family from Bendigo Sister Cities.

The Bendigo Youth Choir is scheduled to visit Los Altos July 1 as it travels in the U.S. to take part in several competitions. Dickson said Los Altos Sister Cities plans to host a late-afternoon concert.

For more information, visit www.losaltossistercities.com.

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