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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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Spiritual Briefs

Immanuel Lutheran offers July day camp

Immanuel Lutheran Church has scheduled a day camp for kindergartners through sixth-graders 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16-19 and 9 a.m. to noon July 20 at the church, 1715 Grant Road in Los Altos.

A potluck and ice cream social, featuring a performance of camp songs, are slated 6-8 p.m. July 19 for parents and campers.

Water-fun activities are scheduled July 20.

The week will feature Bible encounters, snacks, crafts, games and songs. Participants will receive a T-shirt.

Campers are encouraged to bring sunscreen, a water bottle and lunch.

Cost is $75 per child, with a discount for families with more than one child.

Registration and health forms must be completed. Pick up forms in the church office, the narthex of the sanctuary or Fellowship Hall, or access them online at

www.praiseimmanuel.com.

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For more information or to register, call 967-4906, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

www.praiseimmanuel.com.

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Pathways Hospice offers book club

Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty has scheduled a Faith and Grief Workshop Book Club intended to explore the writings of people of deep faith who have experienced profound grief.

Led by Pathways Hospice bereavement staff members Tanya Gulevich and Lindsey Reed, sessions are slated 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 7 at the Pathways offices at 585 N. Mary Ave. in Sunnyvale.

Books selected for discussion include “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” (Random House, 1978) by Harold S. Kushner and “A Grace Disguised” (Zondervan, 2005) by Jerry Sittser.

The Faith and Grief Workshop Book Club is one of 10 workshops offered by Pathways Hospice as part of the Pathways 2012 Summer Grief Workshop Series.

Advance registration is required.

To register or for more information, call (888) 905-2800, ext. 4241, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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