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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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School Briefs

Local high schools seek college-prep mentors

MVLA Community Scholars is recruiting additional members for its College Prep Mentoring program. The program pairs AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) seniors at the schools with mentors who shepherd them through the college application process.

AVID’s goal is to prepare students for college and success in their future. The students typically come from low-income, immigrant families and are the first in their families to attend college. There are currently 54 AVID students enrolled in the two high schools.

Mentors are asked to help one or two students develop a college list, complete college applications, edit college essays and apply for scholarships and financial aid.

Mentors meet with their students once a week throughout the school year during an AVID class period. The schools’ AVID teachers, College and Career counselors and the MVLA Community Scholars Program support the mentors throughout the process. Mentors must be committed for the entire school year.

Los Altos High mentors are scheduled to meet 8-9 a.m. Fridays. Mountain View High mentors will meet 8:50-9:50 a.m. Wednesdays.

No prior experience is necessary. There will be training available throughout the year.

For more information or to sign up, email Dee Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Tornow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MVLA sponsors parent education event

The Mountain-View Los Altos Speaker Series has scheduled Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D., to discuss “Surviving Junior and Senior Years” 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

Shapiro is professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, a licensed clinical psychologist and former Los Altos High School parent.

Shapiro will discuss how to address the emotional concerns of college-bound students, what “fit” means in a selecting a college and how a child can find the best fit. His presentation will include feedback from former high school students on what they wish their parents had done to help.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation and the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council co-sponsor the event.

There is no charge for the presentation, designed for high school parents and counselors.

For more information, visit www.ptac.mvwsd.org/parented.html.

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