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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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Local develops app to preserve Alzheimer’s patients’ memories


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After his father-in-law began to lose his conversation skills and memory during a three-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Los Altos resident Elijah Woolery set about creating a way for seniors and their families to document stories that might otherwise be forgotten.

A product designer, engineer and photographer, Woolery developed Storied, an iPad application that records and preserves life experiences by creating mini-documentaries from user-provided photos, video and audio.

The idea for Storied evolved after Woolery spent nearly six months as a participant in a runway accelerator program funded by Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and current executive chairman.

“Other apps seem tedious,” Woolery said. “This is made to be super easy to use for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.”

Woolery and his project collaborator, Rylan Peery, developed the Storied app around the intuitive touch interface of the iPad, a user-friendly method for collecting stories one or two at a time.

Although gathering stories for future generations is the primary purpose of Storied, Woolery said he hopes the app will also enable Alzheimer’s patients to rekindle lost memories as they participate in the collection and viewing process.

Woolery said his father-in-law seemed to recall more events from his past after browsing his Storied photo book.

Storied has received a positive reception, Woolery said, which helps balance the roller coaster of emotions that accompany the development of a new product.

“If you make a fantastic project, people will learn about it,” he said.

Although startup funding enabled Woolery to develop a business plan for Storied, he plans to raise additional money to launch the app. If he meets a $35,000 fundraising goal through Kickstarter – an online platform for project fundraising – the app could be ready for release through iTunes by the end of December.

The basic version of the Storied app will be free for download and can be upgraded to a premium membership for users who require more archive space, sharing features or help collecting stories. Woolery expects 40,000-50,000 users during the first year of distribution.

For more information, visit bit.ly/Storiedapp.

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