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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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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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Honor Flight Network salutes vets with free trips to Washington, D.C., memorials


Photo By: Charles So/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Charles So/Special To The Town Crier

Paul McGrew, World War II U.S. Navy veteran, traveled with the Honor Flight Network to Washington, D.C., to view the memorial honoring his service.

The nonprofit Honor Flight Network provides trips free of charge for World War II veterans who have never visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The visit offers the veterans an opportunity to reflect on their contributions, perhaps for the final time.

Paul McGrew, a World War II veteran and Los Altos resident for than 50 years, recently took such a trip with Honor Flight.

McGrew, 88, joined the U.S. Navy when he was 19 years old. He served during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific on the Mindoro Islands in the Philippines.

During his service, McGrew saw action as part of the Aviation, Construction, Ordinance, Repair, Navy (ACORN) unit. An ACORN unit lands in potentially hostile territory and rapidly deploys radar and radio communications equipment, paving the way for an effective land-based operation.

The Honor Flight Network recognizes America’s veterans for their sacrifices, “paying a small tribute to those who gave so much,” according to the group’s website. Top priority is given to senior veterans – World War II survivors – and those who are terminally ill. Korean, then Vietnam veterans follow in sequence. The group salutes vets from around the U.S. with trips to Washington, D.C., to view their respective war memorials.

“Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation – and as a culturally diverse, free society,” according to a statement from Honor Flight. “Now, with over 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.”

Although nearly 70 years have passed since McGrew and his comrades fought in the war in the Pacific, the memories and camaraderie remain. He traveled with 31 other veterans from Northern California to the nation’s capital.

“I was so pleased, so happy and so delighted,” said McGrew of the trip. “It meant a great deal to everyone – a lot of the guys were very emotional.”

During the trip, McGrew said, the veterans were extended the utmost appreciation and respect.

“Senator Bob Dole was one of the greeters when we landed in D.C.,” McGrew said.

For more information, visit www.honorflight.org or www.honorflightnorcal.org.

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