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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 Author Spotlight


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In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Study Smart, Study Less’ (Ten Speed Press, 2011)

By Anne Crossman

“Study Smart, Study Less” is a humorous and practical guide designed to help high school and college students improve their study skills.

Based on mainstream theories of memory and the brain – as well as Crossman’s experience as a student at Stanford and Duke universities, a public high school teacher and a college instructor – the book attempts to fill a critical gap in the education system by providing students with a foundation of solid study habits on which to build a lifetime of learning.

Crossman’s handbook of wisdom turns complex techniques of pedagogy and psychology into child’s play – the only puzzle left for the student is deciding whether to play Twisted Twister or Paper Flaps, two of more than a dozen study games outlined in the book.

Students identify their personal learning strengths from four distinct study types so that they can work within those strengths. They are then equipped with the tools they need to study creatively, have fun in the process and become eager learners.

Students can learn how to stay focused, design a successful study group and use doodles and colored markers to take better notes. The fundamentals of learning are included, along with nuggets of insight on unsuspecting grade killers.

“Study Smart, Study Less” offers no boring fill-in-the-blank exercises or soapboxes – just a fast, effective study guide that makes lifelong learning fun.

Crossman is a Los Altos resident.

To purchase “Study Smart, Study Less,” visit www.annecrossman.com.

‘True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat’ (Eshagh Malek, 1994)

By Irandokht A. Malek

The late Irandokht A. Malek loved “Robaiyat.” A native Persian, she memorized all of Khayyam’s quatrain before the age of 5.

As she matured and studied different languages, Malek became deeply annoyed with the fanciful notions attributed to Khayyam by his various translators. As a result, she spent 20 years creating a new translation.

In the book, Malek dispels the idle, drunken, epicurean image that many readers have come to associate with Khayyam. She reveals the dignity of the poet as scholar and philosopher and discloses the authentic text of this mystical poet of the Islamic world. In Persian culture, Khayyam is considered a highly advanced religious teacher, and his quatrains are revealed as inspired Sufi scripture.

The renowned Persian miniaturist Mehdi Taheri created 11 exquisite color illustrations for this edition.

The author’s son, Los Altos resident Isaac Malek, published the book.

To purchase the “True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat,” visit www.amazon.com.

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